2020 Ryder Cup Betting Odds Guide and Overview

The 2020 Ryder Cup will take place from the 25th to the 27th September 2020 and after Europe’s crushing victory at Le Golf National in Paris, the US will be out for revenge. The latest edition of this enthralling golfing contest will take place at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and as ever, it should be an incredibly exciting three days of golf.

Along with the majors and one or two other big events, the Ryder Cup captures the imagination of the general public and reaches beyond avid golf fans. It is a tournament that excites people, with partisan rivalries creating a unique atmosphere. Whilst hard core golf lovers savour the brilliant action that is available virtually every week, more casual golf fans probably only take a real interest in the British Open, US Masters, US Open and USPGA, plus a small handful of other tournaments.

The Ryder Cup only comes along every two years but it most certainly falls into that category of events that has mass appeal. Betting on the Ryder Cup is also huge and most of our favourite golf betting sites usually have some form of promo or offer to attract new customers and keep existing ones loyal.

These offers can really help you make a profit and the other thing that will help you cash in is our brilliant live odds comparison. Whether you follow your gut, our betting tips or spend hours poring over the stats, whatever you bet on, obtaining the biggest betting odds is the simplest way to maximise your overall value.

Our odds comparison constantly checks the odds from all the best online bookmakers so you can easily see the biggest odds on whatever you want to back. When it comes to the Ryder Cup, that means getting the best odds on who will win overall, which individual players will win a given match plus loads of Ryder Cup betting specials. Our odds comparison covers all the key Ryder Cup markets and brings you the best odds with the least hassle. Bigger odds mean bigger profits and more fun, so be sure to bookmark our golf odds comparison.

What is the Ryder Cup?

The Ryder Cup is a golf tournament that dates back to 1927 but the format has changed many times over the years. It began life as a battle between teams of golfers from the USA and Great Britain but Irish and then eventually European players were added alongside those from Britain.

Held every two years, 12 players from the US do battle with 12 from Europe. There are two days of pairs play, with four four-ball matches and four foursomes on Friday and Saturday before 12 singles contests on Sunday.

With a total of 28 points up for grabs, one for each match, 14.5 points is the magic number needed to win the Ryder Cup. That format has persisted since 1979, the year when Europeans joined the golfing party.

The Ryder Cup is unusual, though not unique, in being a team event, with the Team USA v Team Europe battle being one of sport’s most passionate, yet largely friendly, rivalries. It is also unusual in that there is no prize money up for grabs, with pride more than enough to get the world’s best golfers fired up.

Who will win the Ryder Cup?

Overall the US has a dominant record, winning 26 of the 42 matches played up to and including the 2018 Ryder Cup. However, since golfers from Europe joined those from Britain and Ireland, things are far more even. There have been 20 Ryder Cup between 1979 and 2018, with Europe winning 11 of those, USA eight and one having ended locked at 14-14.

However, should we look at more recent editions of the Ryder Cup we can see that Europe has been rather dominant since first tasting triumph in 1985. Team USA won in 1979, 1981 and 1983 but since then Europe have won 11, tied one and lost just five. If we move the marker forward to look at even more recent events, once again, the level of Europe’s dominance grows. Looking only at the 12 contests between 1995 and the present day gives a score of 9-3 in favour of Team Europe.

Based on those stats one might argue that backing Europe is the way to go. The US last won “away” all the way back in 1993, whilst Europe took glory on American soil in 1995, 2004 and 2012. Despite Europe’s formidable record in the Ryder Cup America have always been priced as favourites when they have been playing in the States. Even in Europe it is rare to see particularly long odds on the visitors despite their woeful record for the past 30 years.

At the time of writing the US are 4/5 to win at Whistling Straits, with Team Europe out at best betting odds of 6/4 and the draw priced at odds of 14/1. No matter what happens between now and tee off we wouldn’t expect to see much movement in those odds and it is hard not to be tempted by Europe.

The US invariably have the better players on paper – in terms of world ranking – but Europe just have an almost indefinable edge. Team spirit somehow makes them better than the sum of their parts and if you want to bet on the 2020 Ryder Cup we certainly don’t think odds of 6/4 are bad value.

Europe increasingly have a psychological edge as soon as the players put on their Ryder Cup hats. The last six Ryder Cups on the other side of the Atlantic have seen three wins apiece. So, with Europe winning by a huge 17.5-10.5 margin last time out, odds of 6/4 on Pádraig Harrington and his team certainly look worth a pop to us!

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