Make Smarter Ryder Cup Bets

The Ryder Cup is one of golf’s most unique events featuring the best golfers in the United States and Europe competing over three days starting on September 24, 2021.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2021 12:18 PM ET Read Time: 3 min
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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.

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Time and place

  • Date: September 24-26, 2021
  • Course:  Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin
  • Defending champs: Europe (2018)

Odds

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.

Props

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

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