The eyes of the golfing world will be on Wisconsin in late September as the USA and Europe meet in the 43rd Ryder Cup.

The visitors head to the States holding on to the Samuel Ryder trophy after their 17.5 - 10.5 victory in Paris in 2018 and Padraig Harrington will be looking to lead Europe to an eighth win in the last ten matches.

Whistling Straits, a Pete and Alice Dye-designed course, is the venue for the latest showdown as 24 of the world’s best golfers prepare for a Matchplay battle.

Ryder Cup Betting Odds

 

Not surprisingly, when considering that the US have eight of the top-10 players in the world rankings, the hosts are 8/15 favourites in the Outright Winner market.

Europe can be backed at a best-price 11/5 to win the match, with a Tie available to back at 12/1.

As the holders, the visitors only need to tie to retain the prize and are 8/5 in the ‘To Lift the Trophy’ betting, with the US available at 8/15.

There are numerous other markets available to have a bet on over the three days, including top USA and European points scorer.

Justin Thomas is currently the 13/2 favourite to lead the American scoring, with Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele all available at 15/2.

World number one John Rahm tops the European betting at 7/2, with Rory McIlroy available at 11/2 and debutant Viktor Hovland is 15/2.

Ryder Cup Team News

There have been question marks over the fitness of Brooks Koepka, with concerns over a wrist injury having withdrawn from the recent Tour Championship.

The four-time Major winner also pulled out of a two-day team practice session at Whistling Straits, but insists he is fit to take his place in the US team.

Captain Steve Stricker had six picks, compared to Europe’s three, and has a very young side with no fewer than six rookies in his 12-man team

The thought process for that seems to be that the younger players will not carry the baggage of previous Ryder Cup defeats and may feel less pressure.

After their recent dominance, Europe have gone the opposite way and selected experience, with four players over the age of 40 and four others 30 or above.

Many were surprised by the non-selection of Justin Rose, with Padraig Harrington going with Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Shane Lowry as his Captain’s picks.

Ryder Cup Prediction

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These matches often throw up surprises but the US team look so strong on paper and, in front of their home fans, should be good enough to wrestle back the trophy.

It’s also worth noting that despite Europe’s recent successes, the USA have won two of the last three matches on American soil and both by wide margins – 16.5 – 11.5 in 2008 and 17 – 11 in 2016.

Europe’s Cup hopes could rest on three key stars that are based on the PGA Tour – Rahm, McIlroy and Paul Casey.

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Rahm has enjoyed a sensational season, not only claiming his first Major title but also finishing second in the FedEx Cup standings and collecting 13 top-10 PGA Tour finishes.

McIlroy’s winning Ryder Cup record will need to be maintained, while Casey looks a good price (12/1) to be Europe’s top points scorer.

The Englishman has only lost three of his 11 Ryder Cup matches and has lifted the trophy on three of his previous four appearances.

2021 Ryder Cup Betting Tips

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