Monday, December 6, 2021

Ryder Cup Betting Tips & Predictions 2021

We might have been made to wait an extra year but let’s hope it was worth it as the 2020, now 2021, Ryder Cup finally gets underway this Thursday at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin USA.

Europe are in town to retain the trophy they won at Le Golf National in Paris back in 2018, while the Americans will be looking to snatch back the cup they themselves scooped in 2016 in Florida.

The visually intimidating course itself is situated right on the banks of Lake Michigan and loaded with sand dunes and rough long grass that should make it feel more like a European links course which could be of benefit the visitors.

In fact, eight of the holes are directly next to the great lake which is visible from 16 of the 18 holes. Here the wind is known to regularly kick up and rain has been forecast for day one which could impact things even further.

Day One Pairings

We don’t yet know the opening pairings or the tee times for the fourball and foursome matches, this will all be revealed later.

Looking at how the captains set out the pairs in the practise sessions though, there is a strong chance that Europe could send out Rory McIlroy along with Ian Poulter while also teaming up the all Spanish pair of Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia.

This is how they set out in Wednesday’s practice groups. Expect Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood to feature in the Friday morning foursomes as well.

During the American practise sessions, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas made a pair as did Xander Schauffele and FedEx Cup winner Patrick Cantlay. Among those four, only Thomas and Spieth have competed in the Ryder Cup before, a lack of experience which must be encouraging for the Europeans who go in as the underdogs.

USA Are The Favourites

 

What is less encouraging is that the USA are the clear favourites to win the 43rd Ryder Cup.

They, after all, have home advantage and there will be no European fans, save for those that live in the US, allowed in which could make for a tricky atmosphere.

Add that to the fact that the USA have the stronger line up and it could be a tough weekend for the Europeans.

USA captain Steve Stricker, a winner himself back in 2008, has eight of the world’s top ten in his ranks and the whole of the USA team are inside the world’s top 22. His team is made up of the top six in the USA’s points list plus the six captain’s picks.

Stricker’s opposite, four time Ryder Cup winner Padraig Harrington, captains Europe and can at least call upon the world number one in Spain’s Jon Rahm. The European team is put together with the top four players on the European points tour, the five leading players on the world points list that have not already qualified and three captain’s picks.

Rahm by the way is 16/5 to be the top scorer for the European team.

In all, Europe have five players in the top 20 of the world rankings so there will be a lot of pressure on the likes of Rahm and his Northern Irish team mate Rory McIlroy.

Rahm in particular has had a good season, winning his first major and finishing as the FedEx Cup runner up. His previous Ryder Cup experience involves losing both of his fourball matches in Paris three years ago before winning his singles game with Tiger Woods.

Ryder Cup Experience

So, if the Americans have home advantage, a partisan crowd and the better team, what does Team Europe have to be hopeful about?

The answer would appear to be experience. Harrington has loaded his squad with Ryder Cup veterans such as Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter who, together, have played in 25 matches in this competition between them. Seven members of the European team were victorious in Paris in 2018.

In contrast, the American side contains six rookies. There are only three members of the American team that won Hazeltine in 2016 – world number two Dustin Johnson, former world number one Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka – to be included in this year’s team.

This could give Europe some hope for Friday’s foursome’s, a traditional strong event for them. Win those and they could win the Friday and as history tells us, if you can win the Friday then you have a very good chance of winning the trophy outright.

2021 Ryder Cup Schedule

The tournament kicks off on Friday the 24th of September and will finish on Sunday the 26th of September at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin. For the foursome matches, players will compete in pairs taking alternate shots. This means that one player will tee off on the odd numbered holes and his partner will drive from the evens. With the driving and approaching differing between holes, this is a key tactical area for the captains to consider.

In the fourballs the players play in pairs but with their own balls and only the best recorded match play score is counted meaning you get a point for winning each hole. Finally, Sunday is a day of singles. There are 28 matches in total meaning the first team to 14½ points wins the Ryder Cup. Should the tourney finish in a 14-14 tie, then Europe retain the trophy.

The schedule is as follows:

Day 1 (Friday September 24th)

Times listed are in British Summer Time and play will conclude at approximately 12.30 am.

Four foursome matches and four fourball matches

  • Foursome tee times: 1.05 pm, 1.21 pm, 1.37 pm, 1.53 pm
  • Fourball tee times: 6.10 pm, 6.26 pm, 6.42 pm, 6.58 pm

Day 2 (Saturday September 25th)

Four foursome matches and four fourball matches

  • Foursome tee times: 1.05 pm, 1.21 pm, 1.37 pm, 1.53 pm
  • Fourball tee times: 6.10 pm, 6.26 pm, 6.42 pm, 6.58 pm

Day 3 (Sunday September 26th): 12 singles matches

  • Singles tee times: 5.04 pm to 7.05 pm at 11-minute intervals

2021 Ryder Cup Teams

Team Europe World Ranking Team USA World Ranking
Padraig Harrington (Captain) 176 Steve Stricker (Captain) 284
John Rahm (ESP) 1 Collin Morikawa 3
Tommy Fleetwood (ENG) 37 Dustin Johnson 2
Tyrrell Hatton (ENG) 19 Bryson DeChambeau 7
Bernd Wiesberger (AUS) 63 Brooks Koepka 10
Rory McIlroy (NIR) 15 Justin Thomas 6
Viktor Hovland (NOR) 14 Patrick Cantlay 4
Paul Casey (ENG) 24 Tony Finau 9
Matt Fitzpatrick (ENG) 27 Xander Schauffele 5
Lee Westwood (ENG) 35 Jordan Spieth 13
Sergio Garcia (ESP) 43 Harris English 11
Shane Lowry (IRE) 42 Daniel Berger 16
Ian Poulter (ENG) 50 Scottie Scheffler 21

 

2021 Ryder Cup Betting Odds

USA – 1/2

Europe  – 5/2

Draw – 12/1

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