Ryder Cup 2018 Betting and Odds

ryder cupBesides tournaments such as The Open or US Open, there’s another competition that holds a special place in the hearts of golf fans – the Ryder Cup. The Ryder Cup is a tournament between Team USA and Team Europe that is held every 2 years on either American or European soil. It was created in 1927 and jointly organized by Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA of America. Along with the Presidents Cup, the Ryder Cup is the only golf tournament not giving players prize money.

The Ryder Cup originally started as a match between the USA and Great Britain. It was named after Samuel Ryder, an English businessman who donated the trophy. The first tournament held in 1927 was won by the USA, who went on to win the first five contests. After a break during World War II, the American dominance continued, sparking the representation of Great Britain to include players from continental Europe. The expansion took place in 1979 and was partly due to the emergence of European players such as Seve Ballesteros. Since then, the tide turned and Team Europe became much more competitive, dominating the Ryder Cup in the next two decades.

The tournament is played between two teams of twelve players. Each team includes the 8 highest players on the PGA rankings list (USA and Europe) as well as 4 picks by the captain. The Cup includes various match play over a weekend (Friday to Sunday) with a total of 28 matches. Each player scores a point for their team with a win or half a point over 18 holes. In the case of a tie with 14 points each, the current champion retains the trophy.

There have been a number of interesting matches in the Ryder Cup throughout the history of the competition. Team USA has been far more successful and is the current champion as well. This year’s Ryder Cup will be held from 28 to 30 September at the Albatros Course in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France and should offer plenty of exciting action. The Americans are slight favourites, but with the emergence of several great European players, Team USA will have a hard time retaining the trophy.

Is a Repeat on the Cards for Team USA?

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Captain Jim Furyk has picked Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and rookies Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau as his picks, completing the team that includes the first 8 players on the Ryder Cup points list. Team USA includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Justin Thomas, who are #2, #3, and #4 on the Official World rankings respectively, as well as Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Bubba Watson, so it’s safe to say their chances of retaining the title are great.

Bookies are certainly aware of this and have made Team USA the favourite for this year’s Ryder Cup. Mansion Bet, SportPesa, and Fun88 give the American team odds of 20/31, while LV BET and EnergyBet have them at 5/7. These odds are not too appealing for punters, however, so if you’ve decided to bet on the upcoming Ryder Cup, you’ll have more luck earning some money elsewhere. The Americans are favourites in the To Lift the Trophy market as well, but the odds are even lower – 10/19 at SportPesa, Mansion Bet, and Fun88, and 10/1 at LV BET and EnergyBet.

Fortunately, all the bookies offer individual bets focusing on player performance rather than an outright winner. For example, you can predict the top American rookie at Fun88, Mansion Bet, and SportPesa, where Justin Thomas leads the list with odds of 4/5. The same golfer is also the favourite for Top USA points scorer with odds of 4/1 at the same bookies. These odds are much better from a punter’s point of view and if you ask us, that’s where your money should be.

Can Team Europe Break the American Spell?

Team Europe has been highly successful in the Ryder Cup in the last decade, winning in 2010, 2012, and 2014, before handing over the trophy to Team USA in 2016. This year, they are not bookie favourites once again, but a quick look at the selected players will show you they still stand a great chance at winning the Ryder Cup.

Team captain Thomas Bjorn has picked Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, and Paul Casey as an addition to a team which also features world number one Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, and Tommy Fleetwood. This team can beat anyone and can certainly oppose Team USA, even if the odds for Team Europe are higher.

Bookies give Team Europe odds of 7/5 (Mansion Bet, Fun88, SportPesa) or 27/20 (LV BET, EnergyBet). These odds are much more enticing than the odds for Team USA and should draw a lot of players to the European team. Additionally, all bookies offer a variety of individual markets related to the European players. For example, Mansion Bet thinks that Francesco Molinari will be the top Continental European (3/1), while you can also place your bet in markets such as Top European Wildcard, Top Spaniard or Top Scandinavian.

There’s definitely a lot of markets to choose for the 2018 edition of the Ryder Cup, so pick your wager carefully.

Individual Markets

The addition of individual markets at all major bookies for the 2018 Ryder Cup will be music to punters’ ears. Instead of sticking to the outright winner, SportPesa, Fun88, LV BET, Mansion Bet, and EnergyBet all give you a host of individual markets with great odds that can break the monotony of the outright winner market.

As we already mentioned, you can place a bet on Top Spaniard, Top Scandinavian or Top GB and Ireland golfer – Jon Rahm (20/27), Henrik Stenson (11/10), and Justin Rose (53/20) are favourites in each category respectively.

SportPesa’s market offer is even more extensive than the others. The Kenyan bookie gives punters option to predict the Top European Rookie, where Tommy Fleetwood leads the way with odds of 19/10. If you want to predict the top American rookie, Justin Thomas is your best bet with odds of 4/5, coming in front of Bryson DeChambeau (11/5), and Tony Finau (7/2).

If you’re into scoring bets, take a look at the Combined Points Scorer market – Brooks Koepka spearheads the list with odds of 31/4, before Dustin Johnson with 8/1, Justin Thomas with 9/1, and Rory McIlroy with 9/1.

Additionally, LV BET and EnergyBet offer betting in the Top Englishman market. Here, the favourite is Justin Rose 33/20 at both bookies, while rookie Tommy Fleetwood comes second with odds of 23/9. Ian Poulter and Paul Casey sit on the third and fourth spot with odds of 20/7 and 13/4 respectively. There’s definitely an abundance of markets for this year’s Ryder Cup, which should make it far more interesting for passionate punters.