Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports. Credit: Bubba Watson
There’s going to be a tight window to place your matchup bets for the Friday afternoon Ryder Cup foursomes session after the fourballs are over — and really, the next session could start before the first one even ends — so you’ll need to do some quick thinking.
Or you can take this route: Don’t think about it at all.
That’s right — you can make bets on the foursomes session without analyzing the pairings and seeing how the teams stack up against each other.
Instead of doing all the legwork, try this:
Bet on every match as a halve.
Hear me out on this one.
First of all, with only one ball in play for each team in the alternate shot format, there are fewer opportunities for variance within the individual holes, which should lead to more halves throughout.
Secondly, there’s been at least one halved foursomes match in three of the last four Ryder Cup foursomes sessions.
This is all based on halves for the fourball matches running in the +500 to +550 range. If bookmakers use similar numbers for foursomes, then you only need one halved match in the afternoon to return a nice profit (assuming you’re betting the same amount on each).
If the oddsmakers shorten to halve odds, the equation changes a bit, so keep an eye out for that.
Keep that in mind for later. With the quick turnaround, if you don’t have time to analyze the pairings and figure out which team you prefer, take some sensible action and play for the tie.
And in this case, even just one tie out of four is a win.