Ryder Cup Betting Tips
The Ryder Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, with this popular golf competition capturing the imagination of regular golf bettors along with those who don’t normally bet on this sport.
The Ryder Cup is named after a man named Samuel Ryder who decided it would be a good idea to have a golf match between Europe and the United States of America, with this competition growing more and more in popularity with every clash that is played.
The Ryder Cup is played every two years and affords wonderful betting opportunities over the three days of play. The bookmakers always report the most turnover and number of bets for the Ryder Cup, even compared to the major tournaments like the Masters and Open Championship.
The history of the Ryder Cup
The very first Ryder Cup was contested in 1927 when the United States faced Great Britain. However, Great Britain & Ireland joined forces with the rest of Europe from 1979 onwards, with the USA dominating the competition for the most part until that moment.
The US continued to win in 1979, 1981 and 1983, although Europe achieved a breakthrough in 1985 when claiming a big win at the Belfry in England and that was the first of three victories which included a 15-13 triumph in Ohio which truly demonstrated that the period of American dominance was over.
However, the States won in 1991 and 1993 before Europe achieved a double success in 1995 and 1997, with the Americans claiming the spoils in 1999 before the Europeans started to establish a stranglehold in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Europe won three of the next four renewals including the Miracle of Medinah in 2012 where the Europeans pulled off a remarkable comeback in the singles matches although the United States played a blinder at Hazeltine in 2016 and won by a comprehensive 17-11 scoreline.
Why is the Ryder Cup so good for betting?
The Miracle of Medinah in 2012 illustrated why golf betting on the Ryder Cup can be so tremendously exciting. Europe started the tournament at betting odds of 3.50 although you could have got prices like 17.00 and even 34.00 In-Play about the Europeans as the Americans took early leads by outclassing their opponents in the foursomes and fourballs.
The three-day format makes for some really exciting contests and you can bet on each fourball, foursome and singles match both before they tee off and then In-Play. The In-Play odds often swing between the USA and Europe which means you can sometimes back both selections at big prices and make a profit whatever happens.
In addition to backing the Ryder Cup winner, some of the other antepost markets include Correct Score, Top American Scorer, Top European Scorer and Top Overall Scorer.
As opposed to the usual stroke play tournaments such as the Open Championship, US Masters and PGA Championship, all Ryder Cup matches are match play which means that a player or pairing win, draw or lose each hole. This can see a pairing go two or three up very quickly before losing part of all of their lead.
How to make a profit betting on the Ryder Cup
Sometimes the bookmakers overreact when it comes to the In-Play odds about a player or pairing who take a lead early in the round. While they might kick on to win by a big margin, the nature of fourballs and foursomes can see the score change on a frequent basis and there are eighteen holes to navigate.
It’s worth watching the Ryder Cup action and judging which players are performing best. Sometimes a fourball pairing might be reliant on one particular player and that’s a sure sign that they might fall short.