The Ryder Cup is a golf tournament played between teams USA and Europe every two years. It has been held since 1927 and is one of the greatest events in the sport. The drama, tension, and incredible golf in the competition draws millions of viewers and make the Ryder Cup one of the most anticipated tournaments in the world of golf.
The Ryder Cup got its name from English businessman Samuel Ryder who donated the trophy for the competition. The first tournament was held in 1927 in Massachusetts between the United States and Great Britain and was won by the Brits. When the tournament resumed after World War II, the American team dominated the competition which resulted in the ‘expansion’ of the Great Britain team that now included players from continental Europe (1979). The name of the team changed to Great Britain and Ireland, although players from all of Europe played in the team.
The Ryder Cup is played between two teams of 12 players and always held from Friday to Sunday. There’s a total of 28 matches all played over 18 holes. The first two days include 1 four-match session of four-ball and 1 four-match session of foursomes. The last day of the Ryder Cup is reserved for 12 singles matches. All the matches are worth 1 point, and the team that gets to 14 ½ points first wins the tournament. If the match ends in a draw, the current title-holder retains the Ryder Cup.
The player selection for both teams is different. Team Europe picks the 4 leading players from the European Players list, 4 of the highest ranked players from the World Players list and 4 wildcards. When it comes to team USA, it is composed of the top 8 players in the points rankings and 4 players selected by captains.
The 2020 Ryder Cup will be held in the United States on the Straits Course at Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin. The tournament will take place from September 25 to September 27, 2020. Team Europe will be captained by Irishman Padraig Harrington, whereas Team USA will be captained by Steve Stricker, who described the appointment as a dream come true. The 2020 Ryder Cup will give Team Europe the chance to retain their Ryder Cup trophy from 2018, while Team USA will be raring to go and will try to win the trophy on their home soil.
Event Date: September 25-27, 2019
Can Team USA Right the Wrongs from 2018?
Team USA were the clear favourites to win the 2018 edition of the Ryder Cup which took place at Le Golf National, Albatros Course in Guyancourt, France. However, being the favourite on paper and turning that into a real and palpable victory is something which is not so straightforward. The Americans lost 10 ½ to 17 ½ and it is fair to say that they disappointed quite a few punters who backed them.
This time around Team USA will definitely look for a different outcome and this attempt will certainly be aided by the fact that they are the hosts here. The Americans have failed to win on European soil since 1993, but have been a completely different beast when playing at home, at least for most of the time.
Bookmakers certainly seem to feel that the team spearheaded by captain Steve Stricker is the firm favourite to win the next edition of the Ryder Cup. This is to be expected as that team will now most definitely contain Tiger Woods after his 15th major trophy victory and his unbelievable comeback to top tier golf. The Ryder Cup latest rankings say that he will probably be accompanied by the likes of Dustin Johnson, Kevin Kisner and Brooks Koepka and that line-up certainly instils fear in opponents’ bones.
It’s no surprise then that Team USA is given odds of 2/3 to win by reputable bookmakers such as Fun88, SportPesa, Ole777, MansionBet, and SportNation.
Will Team Europe Spring a Surprise Once Again?
The Europeans were given similar odds in 2018 to the ones they are given for the next edition of the Ryder Cup and based on that it might be expected that they are in a similar starting position once again. They were the slight underdog in 2018 and they occupy that position this time around as well.
However, there are several things which are a little different coming into the 2020 Ryder Cup and two crucial ones are that Tiger Wood is in incredible form for the 2020 tournament and that Team USA plays on home soil. That makes Team Europe’s victory bid a little more difficult than in 2018, but it also eases the pressure off their shoulders.
They were definitely not expected to triumph in 2018 and they are under even less pressure to triumph in 2020. That will probably make it much more likely for golfers such as Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose to spring a surprise for Team Europe once again.
Bookmakers such as SportNation, Fun88, Ole777, MansionBet, and SportPesa assign odds of 27/20 to Team Europe to triumph at the 2020 Ryder Cup and with those odds they clearly signal that while the Europeans are still considered as the slight underdogs, bookmakers feel that a surprise is not out of the golf betting realm of possibility here.
Is A Tie A Possibility?
Ties are not a very common outcome of Ryder Cups and the fact that there have been only two so far says it all. In the more than 90 years of golf Ryder Cup history ties have occurred only in 1969 and in 1989.
That’s why the odds that betting operators such as SportNation, SportPesa, MansionBet, Ole777, and Fun88 assign to the least likely outcome are quite high. At 11/1 backing the ‘Tie’ outcome can be really profitable for punters, especially those who are after high odds. With even the smallest of deposits players can get more than ten times their initial deposit in winnings which is quite high by anyone’s standards.
However, considering that the chances for a tie are quite slim we recommend that most punters stick to picking one of the two teams and maybe placing a cheeky punt on the tie outcome with a small deposit.