Ryder Cup 2021 Betting Odds: United States Favored Despite Europe’s Recent Success
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Odds To Win 2021 Ryder Cup
Odds via BetMGM as of Feb. 16
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.
Despite winning just two of the previous nine Cups, the U.S. is the -145 favorite at BetMGM. Europe is a +130 underdog, with a tie sitting at +1200 odds.
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.
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.