The 2016 Ryder Cup will be hosted by the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota as Europe and the USA do battle once again in one of sport’s truly great contests. Money is put to one side as pride is “all” that’s on the line for the three glorious days that come along just every two years when the Ryder Cup is up for grabs. Read on for our thoughts on the 2016 Ryder Cup as we take a look at the outright winner betting and tee up our predictions for who will win, as well as giving you the latest live odds and our stats-based betting tips.
It doesn’t take a great statistician to discern that Europe are the dominant force in Ryder Cup golf at the moment. The European side have won an amazing six of the last seven, including three in a row and eight of the last 10. Indeed, this recent supremacy now means that Europe have, by some distance, the superior record, since this event became a clash between the USA and the continent of Europe. There have been 18 such matches and Europe have won 10, losing seven and famously tying in 1989 at the Belfry.
On these stats alone Europe look a solid prediction for yet another success and odds of 6/5 with Sportingbet look very fair indeed, not least because most oddsmakers have them odds-on. However, as betting pros, we like to delve deeper into the stats and even when one considers that the USA will have home advantage, we simply have to stick with our prediction that Europe offer good value in the outright winner market.
Since 1995 the Ryder Cup has been played five times in America and Europe have won three of those clashes. Again, that one simple stat looks very persuasive but for us the biggest factor that makes us predict European success is that the only European defeat in the last seven Ryder Cups, dating back to their loss at Brookline in 1999, came in 2008 at Valhalla when Nick Faldo was the captain.
The Ryder Cup is all about team spirit, unity and commitment and given that America often – though not always – have the superior players, that collective morale is what many people feel gives Europe the edge. Does it, therefore, come as any real surprise that the only loss in the last 17 years should come when Europe was captained by one of the most individualistic players of his era?
The man responsible for guiding Europe to yet another victory in 2016 is Darren Clarke and he is very well liked, as well as being a selfless man and golfer. His natural Irish charm should work wonders for team morale and as such we quite simply have to predict yet another European Ryder Cup success. Sportingbet’s odds won’t last long though so heed our tip now and come October 2016 you’ll be glad you did!Google+