Two years ago in Wisconsin, the United States dominated the Ryder Cup, beating the Europeans 19-9. Schedule changes in 2020 because of COVID mean that we haven’t played this storied competition on European soil since 2018, but we are back.
The Europeans have won six straight times on their home continent, last losing in England in 1993. This will be the first-ever Ryder Cup to be played in Italy and just the third Ryder Cup to be played somewhere other than Great Britain, Ireland, or the United States.
Even though the competition is taking place in Europe, where traditionally, the United States has not done well, the United States is the favorite at -120. A bet on Europe is +130, and a tie score is paying +900.
There are also available spreads for the winner.
The United States +3 pays -265. Europe -3 pays +275.
Europe +3 pays -190. The United States -3 pays +200.
Ryder Cup Schedule
The Ryder Cup festivities begin on Tuesday, but the competition doesn’t begin until Friday, September 29. The day before, on Thursday, the pairings will be announced.
On Friday morning, the four foursome matches tee off. In the afternoon, there will be four fourball matches. This same schedule will be repeated on Saturday, with foursome matches in the morning and fourball matches in the afternoon (Italian time).
Sunday, all 12 golfers from each team will play in singles matches.
Foursome matches involve two teams of team golfers each, alternating shots in match play. Fourball matches also involve two teams of two golfers each, but all golfers play their own ball through the completion of the hole, with the best individual score counting for the team.
The Europeans boast three of the top four golfers in the world, with Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Viktor Hovland. The United States, however, has eight of the world’s best 15 players, compared to just six for Europe. Australian Cameron Smith is the outlier, ranked 11th in the world.
Each team has four Ryder Cup rookies, and the U.S. is without 2021 stalwarts Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau, who made the move to LIV. Justin Thomas is back from 2021, but he has been struggling this year and perhaps shouldn’t have been used for the captain’s pick.
American Scottie Scheffler is the No. 1 ranked player in the world, but the Europeans, with Hovland, have the hottest golfer in the world. Hovland ended the season with wins at the BMW and Tour Championship, winning the FedEx Cup playoffs and the $18 million prize. He also finished in the top 10 at the PGA Championship, the Masters, the U.S. Open, and the Open Championship.
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