The Ryder Cup is the most celebrated team event in golf. It’s played every two years between Team USA and Team Europe. Each team consists of 12 players competing in five match-play sessions played over three days. Ryder Cup betting is sure to be popular since 2021 is the first one played since 2018 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many popular names are showing up to represent Team USA and Team Europe.
Time and place
- Date: September 24-26, 2021
- Course: Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin
- Defending champs: Europe (2018)
Despite winning just two of the previous nine Ryder Cups, Team USA is a big -190 favorite in the 2021 Ryder Cup odds. Team Europe is a +200 underdog with the Tie listed at +1,200.
Team USA is the favorite for a few reasons. They are the home team, and after Jon Rahm, the U.S. has the following nine highest-rated players in the World Golf Rankings. These include Dustin Johnson, Collin Morikawa, and recently crowned FedExCup Champion Patrick Cantlay. Europe’s Rahm and Rory McIlroy have their work cut out for them.
Picks and predictions
Even though Team USA has the talent edge and sits atop the odds boards, experience and cohesion make up for a lot at the Ryder Cup. Team Europe has that in spades and has the world's No. 1 golfer in Rahm. Those factors, in addition to Team USA's recent Ryder Cup track record, makes Europe a high-value underdog pick. Find out more with Covers' Ryder Cup picks and predictions.
Ryder Cup format
The Ryder Cup is a match-play event played over three days of competition. Each of the first two days of the competition features one four-match session of fourball and one four-match session of foursomes, while the final day has 12 singles matches.
In fourball, each member of a two-man team plays his own ball, so four balls are in play on every hole. The team whose player has the lowest score wins the hole.
Foursomes, sometimes called alternate shot, are when two-man teams play the same ball, hitting alternating shots. The team with the lowest score wins the hole.
In singles, each match features one player from each team. The player with the lower score on each hole wins that hole. You need 14 1/2 points to win the Cup and 14 points for the defending champion to retain the Cup.
- Friday – four foursome (alternate shot) matches and four better-ball matches
- Saturday – four foursome matches and four fourball matches
- Sunday – 12 singles matches
Ryder Cup teams
Team USA players earn points in tournaments beginning in 2019 and through the 2021 BMW Championship. The top six point earners (Morikawa, Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Cantlay) will automatically secure spots. Captain Steve Stricker will select the remaining six following the 2021 TOUR championship. Jordan Spieth, Tony Finau, AND Xander Schauffele are among those expected to be chosen by Stricker.
Team Europe will consist of the top four players from the European Points list (Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, and McIlroy). They are followed by the leading five players from the World Points List (Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood, and Shane Lowry). Then Captain Padraig Harrington will make three captain’s picks.
There are more ways to bet on the Ryder Cup than just who will win the event. There are Ryder Cup prop bets galore for this match-play event. The format is built for prop betting with prop bets for individual matchups, top point scorers for each team, Over/Under point totals for individual players, and everything in between.
TV schedule and streaming
TV viewers in the U.S. can watch the Ryder Cup on the Golf Channel and NBC. Viewers in Canada will get coverage on TSN. Streaming will also be available on the Ryder Cup’s official website.
How to bet on golf
Golf tournaments like the Ryder Cup attract new fans to golf betting. If you’re looking to make your first golf bets on the Ryder Cup, let us walk you through how to bet on golf with betting basics and some tips for PGA majors.
Where to bet on golf
Betting on golf is becoming more popular with every major, and the Ryder Cup will have many fun and unique ways to bet on PGA golf. Finding a safe and trustworthy site to bet on the Ryder Cup with is just as important as what you’re betting. Covers brings you the best golf betting sites so you can make smarter Ryder Cup wagers.
Ryder Cup history
The Ryder Cup is unequivocally the most exciting event in golf, where the player and fan reactions are louder than anywhere else in the game. 2021 is the 43rd edition of the competition named after English businessman Sam Ryder who donated the trophy.
PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe organize the event. The competition was initially contested between the United States and Great Britain. The first event was held in the United States in 1927 at Worcester Country Club in Worcester, Massachusetts. Great Britain expanded to continental Europe in 1979.
The Ryder Cup has been a biannual highlight of professional golf since 1927. Here is a complete list of Ryder Cup-winning teams:
|Year||Winning team||Host state/nation||Course||U.S. captain||European captain|
|2020/2021||TBD||Wisconsin||Whistling Straits||Steve Stricker||Pádraig Harrington|
|2018||Europe||France||Le Golf National||Jim Furyk||Thomas Bjørn|
|2016||United States||Minnesota||Hazeltine National Golf Club||Davis Love III||Darren Clarke|
|2014||Europe||Scotland||Gleneagles Hotel||Tom Watson||Paul McGinley|
|2012||Europe||Illinois||Medinah Country Club (No. 3)||Davis Love III||José María Olazábal|
|2010||Europe||Wales||Celtic Manor Resort||Corey Pavin||Colin Montgomerie|
|2008||United States||Kentucky||Valhalla Golf Club||Paul Azinger||Nick Faldo|
|2006||Europe||Ireland||K Club||Tom Lehman||Ian Woosnam|
|2004||Europe||Michigan||Oakland Hills Country Club||Hal Sutton||Bernhard Langer|
|2001/2002||Europe||England||The Belfry||Curtis Strange||Sam Torrance|
|1999||United States||Massachusetts||The Country Club (Brookline)||Ben Crenshaw||Mark James|
|1997||Europe||Spain||Valderrama Golf Club||Tom Kite||Seve Ballesteros|
|1995||Europe||New York||Oak Hill Country Club||Lanny Wadkins||Bernard Gallacher|
|1993||United States||England||The Belfry||Tom Watson||Bernard Gallacher|
|1991||United States||South Carolina||Kiawah Island Golf Resort||Dave Stockton||Bernard Gallacher|
|1989||Tied / Europe retains||England||The Belfry||Raymond Floyd||Tony Jacklin|
|1987||Europe||Ohio||Muirfield Village||Jack Nicklaus||Tony Jacklin|
|1985||Europe||England||The Belfry||Lee Trevino||Tony Jacklin|
|1983||United States||Florida||PGA National Golf Club||Jack Nicklaus||Tony Jacklin|
|1981||United States||England||Walton Heath Golf Club||Dave Marr||John Jacobs|
|1979||United States||West Virginia||The Greenbrier||Billy Casper||John Jacobs|
|1977||United States||England||Royal Lytham & St Annes||Dow Finsterwald||Brian Huggett|
|1975||United States||Pennsylvania||Laurel Valley Golf Club||Arnold Palmer||Bernard Hunt|
|1973||United States||Scotland||Muirfield||Jack Burke Jr.||Bernard Hunt|
|1971||United States||Missouri||Old Warson Country Club||Jay Hebert||Eric Brown|
|1969||Tied / United States retains||England||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Sam Snead||Eric Brown|
|1967||United States||Texas||Champions Golf Club||Ben Hogan||Dai Rees|
|1965||United States||England||Royal Birkdale Golf Club||Byron Nelson||Harry Weetman|
|1963||United States||Georgia||Atlanta Athletic Club||Arnold Palmer||John Fallon|
|1961||United States||England||Royal Lytham & St Annes||Jerry Barber||Dai Rees|
|1959||United States||California||Eldorado Country Club||Sam Snead||Dai Rees|
|1957||Great Britain||England||Lindrick Golf Club||Jack Burke Jr.||Dai Rees|
|1955||United States||California||Thunderbird Country Club||Chick Harbert||Dai Rees|
|1953||United States||England||Wentworth Club||Lloyd Mangrum||Henry Cotton|
|1951||United States||North Carolina||Pinehurst Resort (No. 2)||Sam Snead||Arthur Lacey|
|1949||United States||England||Ganton Golf Club;||Ben Hogan||Charles Whitcombe|
|1947||United States||Oregon||Portland Golf Club||Ben Hogan||Henry Cotton|
|World War II||No Cups|
|1937||United States||England||Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club||Walter Hagen||Charles Whitcombe|
|1935||United States||New Jersey||Ridgewood Country Club||Walter Hagen||Charles Whitcombe|
|1933||Great Britain||England||Southport and Ainsdale Golf Club||Walter Hagen||John Henry Taylor|
|1931||United States||Ohio||Scioto Country Club||Walter Hagen||Charles Whitcombe|
|1929||Great Britain||England||Moortown Golf Club||Walter Hagen||George Duncan|
|1927||United States||Massachusetts||Worcester Country Club||Walter Hagen||Ted Ray|
Ryder Cup FAQS
How do players get to the Ryder Cup?
Players get to the Ryder Cup either by qualifying on points (how they have performed in other tournaments) or as a captain’s selection.
How are pairings determined in the Ryder Cup?
The pairings are determined by the team captains and their assistants.
When is the Ryder Cup?
The 2021 Ryder Cup runs September 21-16, 2021.
Who won the last Ryder Cup?
Team Europe won the Ryder Cup in 2018. The 2020 tournament was postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19.
Where is the Ryder Cup this year?
The 2021 Ryder Cup will be played at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, U.S.A.
How often is the Ryder Cup?
The Ryder Cup occurs every two years. The 2020 tournament was postponed to 2021 due to Covid-19.