It’s been 30 years since the United States team won the Ryder Cup in Europe. The setting was the Belfry in Warwickshire, England, and the United States edged Europe, 15-13. That was also the last time the United States won the Ryder Cup in two consecutive events, having beaten Europe on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island two years previously. The United States had dominated the competition through 1983; before 1979, though, the biennial event had pitted the best golfers of the United States against the best of Great Britain. Since 1985, though, Europe has won 13 of 19 matchups. The last four Ryder Cups have not been close, with the host nation taking at least 16 ½ of the available 28 points. The 2021 event was a rout with the United States winning, 19-9, at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin. Should the United States even be favored in this event, given trends – and the current roster? Let’s look at the Ryder Cup betting odds for the European and American sides and talk about your best wagering decisions.
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When: Fri, Sep 29, 2023 – Sun, Oct 1, 2023
Where: Marco Simone Golf & Country Club, Rome, Italy
TV/Streaming: NBC, NBC Sports
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Why are there two different sets of Ryder Cup odds? Winning outright would mean taking at least 14 ½ of the 28 available points from matches. Lifting the trophy would mean winning outright as well as keeping the trophy. If the teams split the 28 points, then the United States would retain the trophy. The Ryder Cup has only ended in a tie twice, in 1969 and in 1989, but it has ended 14 ½-13 ½ on seven occasions, most recently in 2012, when Europe won in the United States.
Zach Johnson is the United States captain this time. As captain, he will choose six players (in addition to the six automatic qualifiers). He also chooses the lineups for the matchups. Currently, Scottie Scheffler and Wyndham Clark are at the top of the points standings, followed by Brian Harman. Scheffler and Clark are locks, while Harman would have to fall off the table in the FedExCup playoffs to miss the team. Brooks Koepka is fourth in the standings, but that will change since, as an LIV golfer, he’s not getting points from being in the FedExCup playoffs. Given the high quality of his game, he should end up on the team, even if he’s not in the top six in points by the BMW Championship, which is the deadline for qualification for the Ryder Cup.
Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay should also be locks for the team, given how well they have played together in the Presidents Cup (2-1) and the Ryder Cup (2-0). Even if their FedExCup playoff results are terrible, they will head to Italy to represent the United States. Max Homa, Jordan Spieth, and Cameron Young should also be a part of the team. Young was right there at the end of the British Open for the second year in a row, and Homa had a solid major season and was terrific at the Presidents Cup. Spieth would be winning majors again if that putter would cooperate with him. But what about Justin Thomas? He is 16-5-3 in team competitions, so even though he missed the FedExCup playoffs after missing the cut at the 3M Open and falling just short of that 70th spot in the standings at the Wyndham Championship, he might be the best American team golfer ever. The last two spots, then, could end up in the hands of Collin Morikawa, who went 4-0-1 in the last Ryder Cup and went 2-1 at the Presidents Cup, and Rickie Fowler. Morikawa’s last solid PGA finish was T2 at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Fowler almost won the U.S. Open and did take first at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. And what about Brooks DeChambeau? After he finished his last LIV tournament with a 61 and a 58 in the final two rounds, his form is outstanding.
On the European side, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy have clinched spots on the Ryder Cup team. McIlroy will be in his seventh straight Ryder Cup, and Rahm will play in his third. McIlroy has not finished worse than T9 in his last seven tournaments, and he has four Ryder Cup wins in his first six appearances. He has played in 24 Ryder Cup matches, with a dozen wins, eight losses and four halves, having earned 14 points. Rahm has played in eight matches in this tournament, and he has won four, lost three and halved one, for 4 ½ career points. Sepp Straka, Adrian Meronk, and Robert MacIntyre should end up with debuts after solid seasons on the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, respectively. MacIntyre roared back with a 64 on Sunday at his home tournament, the Scottish Open, only to fall at the end to McIlroy. With the Ryder Cup set for Italy, does European captain Luke Donald pick Francesco Molinari, even though we haven’t heard much out of him since he fell apart at the 2019 Masters with a Sunday collapse?
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