US has slight betting edge at Ryder Cup

The 2012 Ryder Cup tees off Friday from Medinah Country Club outside Chicago.

The Americans are listed as -125 favorites to dethrone Europe as defending champions at sportsbook.ag. For the first time in Ryder Cup history, the 24 players who will be at Medinah Country Club in the Chicago suburbs all are among the top 35 in the world rankings.

Europe (+140) has three of the top four players – Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood. The Europeans have dominated the competition since 1995 and not even a single American golfer has a winning record in the event heading into the 39th edition. The best records belong to two players with equal wins and losses, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker, both 3-3-1.

Team Europe by contrast has eight players with outright winning Ryder Cup records, the most notable being Donald 8-2-1, Westwood 16-11-6 and Sergio Garcia 14-6-4.

Prop bets are also available for the Top American (Tiger Woods +400) and Top European golfers (McIlroy +500).

Bettors can also wager on a draw (+1100).

Below are the final rosters for the event:

Europe:
1. Rory McIlroy
2. Luke Donald
3. Lee Westwood
4. Justin Rose
5. Graeme McDowell
6. Paul Lawrie
7. Francesco Molinari
8. Sergio Garcia
9. Peter Hanson
10. Martin Kaymer
11. Ian Poulter*
12. Nicolas Colsaerts*

USA:

1. Tiger Woods
2. Bubba Watson
3. Jason Dufner
4. Keegan Bradley
5. Webb Simpson
6. Zach Johnson
7. Matt Kuchar
8. Phil Mickelson
9. Jim Furyk*
10. Steve Stricker*
11. Dustin Johnson*
12. Brandt Snedeker*

* Denotes a captain’s pick


 

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