Ryder Cup 2021 Betting Odds & Projected Lineup: United States Still Favored as Morikawa Tops Potential Roster
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Odds To Win 2021 Ryder Cup
Odds via BetMGM as of July 20
Four months after odds opened for the 2021 Ryder Cup, not a whole lot has changed in the betting market.
The United States remains a -145 favorite, but Europe has seen a slight move. Europe, led by captain Padraig Harrington, lengthened from +140 to +150 at BetMGM.
The closer we get to tee off, which will be September 24, the better look we have at projected lineups. Collin Morikawa tops the list of Americans on the standings, which will be used to pick six of the 12 golfers. The other current automatic qualifiers are Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas and Xander Schauffele.
Jordan Spieth is just shy of Schauffele with Reed in 7th. U.S. captain Steve Stricker has his pick of the other six golfers.
The current four automatic qualifiers from Ryder Cup scoring for Europe are Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Matt Fitzpatrick. Rahm has almost twice as many Ryder Cup points as second-place Fleetwood.
March 28 Update
The United States hasn’t had much Ryder Cup success in the last 20 years, but the Americans are favored to take down Europe in the tournament this September.
The U.S. will be considered the “home team” this year as the tournament heads to Whistling Straits in Wisconsin on September 24. The team is captained by Steve Stricker. Padraig Harrington will captain Europe.
Despite winning just two of the previous nine Cups, the U.S. is the -145 favorite at BetMGM. Europe is a +140 underdog, with a tie sitting at +1100 odds.
Each team features 12 golfers, but the selection criteria differs for each team. The U.S. will have six automatic qualifiers based on a point system. Stricker will then pick the other six members of the team.
The European team has nine automatic qualifiers — four from the Ryder Cup scoring list; five from the Official World Golf Rankings — and three captain selections.
Europe has 11 wins since 1979, when the format changed from U.S. vs. Great Britain to U.S. vs. Europe. The U.S. has eight wins in that time. There has been one tie.
This will be the first Ryder Cup since 2018; the 2020 tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s format will feature four alternate shot foursome matches and four best ball foursome matches Friday. On Saturday, there will be four foursome matches and four fourball matches. The final day of action is Sunday, featuring 12 singles matches.
Europe won in 2018 in a runaway by a 17 1/2 to 10 1/2 margins, with Italian star Francesco Molinari going a perfect 5-0 in his matches. Tiger Woods was 0-4 for the Americans in defeat.