2021 Ryder Cup Betting Preview
Europe has dominated the United States in the Ryder Cup over the last two decades. We have seen Europe win seven of the last nine Ryder Cup competitions, and the US hasn’t won across the pond since 1993. Fortunately for the Americans, this year’s edition will be stateside as Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin will host the 2021 Ryder Cup. That has led to the United States being a sizable favorite per the golf betting odds this weekend.
Ryder Cup Betting Odds
Team USA -195
Team Europe +170
Event: 2021 Ryder Cup
Date: September 24-26, 2021
Location: Whistling Straights, Haven, Wisconsin
This will be the fifth major tournament held at Whistling Straits outside of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The PGA Championship was held at this course in 2004, 2010, and 2015, and the 2007 US Senior Open also took place here. Whistling Straits has two courses, and the 2021 Ryder Cup will be held at the more difficult Straits Course. The Straits Course is a par-72 that checks in at 7,790 yards.
Although this is a course in the United States, it is modeled after some of the older seaside links courses in Scotland and Ireland. Half the course is right up against Lake Michigan, making wind gusts a real factor, and there are dunes and deep bunkers. That will give the Europeans some nascent familiarity with the intricacies of Whistling Straits.
Captain Steve Stricker selected half of the US team. He largely stuck to the points rankings when making his choices, leading to half of the team making its first appearance in the Ryder Cup. Collin Morikawa, Patrick Cantlay, and Xander Schauffele are the most notable rookies, but Harris English, Daniel Berger, and Scottie Scheffler aren’t slouches.
Dustin Johnson is the veteran of the group as this is his fifth Ryder Cup appearance. He has a losing record in his 16 matches, but the 37-year-old will be leaned on heavily for his experience. Justin Thomas, Tony Finau, and Jordan Spieth all have winning records among other veterans.
One of the biggest stories heading into the 2021 Ryder Cup is how Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka will deal with being on the same team. DeChambeau and Koepka are not exactly on friendly terms, and they might be paired together this weekend.
Skipper Padraig Harrington has the luxury of having the best golfer in the world on his team. Jon Rahm is the No. 1 ranked golfer in every metric, and he is coming off the best season of his career. He is one of just four players in his 20s though along with Viktor Hovland, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Tyrrell Hatton.
There are a lot more veterans on Team Europe than there are on Team USA. This will be Lee Westwood’s 11th Ryder Cup and Sergio Garcia’s 10th Ryder Cup, and Garcia has been tenacious in this event with a 22-12-7 record. Ian Poulter has been sharp too with a 14-6-2 mark, and Rory McIlroy has risen to the occasion in the past.
Tommy Fleetwood, Bernd Wiesberger, Paul Casey, and Shane Lowry are the other golfers that will represent Europe at this event. Wiesberger and Lowry are rookies, while both Fleetwood and Casey have winning records.
Team Europe doesn’t have the same talent as Team USA if you look at the rankings, but the Europeans have experience and a course that favors them. That makes Team Europe the better bet at this price.