Ryder Cup: Oddsmakers Deem USA As Narrow Favorites To Reclaim Trophy
Oddsmakers peg the Americans to narrowly emerge victorious in the Ryder Cup for the first time in nearly a decade.
According to oddsmakers, the Americans will reclaim the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine this weekend, perhaps expressing more confidence in them to win than much of a nervous fanbase hoping to see USA win for the first time since 2008 at Valhalla in Kentucky.
Most sports books have team USA as 1.5 point favorites playing on home turf at Hazeltine National.
Such odds are backed up on paper as the Americans boast a world ranking average of 16.33 to 27.75 for the Europeans, and that’s with No. 7 Bubba Watson resigned to cart duty for team USA after Ryan Moore was chosen over him and other candidates for Davis Love III’s final captain’s pick.
To win the cup outright, Bovada lists USA at -185 and Europe at +145.
Public action and different sports books will alter the odds right up until the tournament begins, but according to paddypower.com, Dustin Johnson is the favorite to be the leading combined point-getter at 13/2 odds.
Arguably the top golfer of 2016, Johnson is the No. 2 player in the world and is one of several bombers on the American roster hoping to tame Hazeltine’s length.
Right behind DJ is one of the hottest players in the world, Rory McIlroy. The FedEx Cup champ is listed at 15/2 and fared well in stroke play in his last trip to Chaska, tying for third as a 20-year-old at the 2009 PGA Championship.
Like any big athletic event, some exotic gambling options also exist. Will Rory lead in points AND help Europe to lift the cup? If you’re confident in that, a 9/1 payout could be on its way. Are you expecting a blowout win? 100/1 odds or better await if you anticipate a team earning 20-plus points for the first time since 1975.
Sep 27, 2016; Chaska, MN, USA; Dustin Johnson of the United States plays his shot from the fifth tee during a practice for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Any iteration under the sun is also available, including which team will earn the first point, if an ace will occur, or how many times Tiger Woods cracks a smile (ok, that last one is a lie).
From a historical perspective, seven of the last 12 favorites have been upset. The latest edition was an exception as Europe cruised to a five-point victory as pre-tournament favorites in Scotland.
A nasty weather week in Minnesota may have inclined some bettors to side with the Europeans, but clear, sunny skies with morning Fahrenheit temperatures in the 50s and highs in the low 70s are in the weekend forecast.
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