Americans Emerge as Strong Home Favourites on Ryder Cup Predictions

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Ryder Cup 2021 Picks

With the 2021 PGA season drawing to a close this past weekend with the conclusion of the Tour Championship, the focus of golf fans and sports bettors now shifts to the Ryder Cup, which is set to take place from September 24 to 26 at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Europe has dominated their American rivals in recent editions of the Ryder Cup, claiming victory in seven of nine meetings this century. However, the United States has remained steady when hosting the biennial event, claiming victory in two of the past three editions of the tournament held on American turf, and is pegged as a heavy favourite to do it again this time around.

CanadianBettingSites takes a look at all the odds and trends ahead of opening round action of the 2021 Ryder Cup. Sports bettors looking to get in on Ryder Cup action for the first time can refer to our betting guides to learn all they need to know to get the best out of their golf betting experience.

History on Europe’s Side

The Ryder Cup makes its return for the first time in three years after being postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Europe is coming off a dominating victory last time out, posting a decisive 17-10.5 win over the Americans at Le Golf National in France in 2018. However, any success the United States has enjoyed over the past two decades has come on home turf. The Americans raised the trophy when they last hosted the event at Hazeltine National five years ago, and have claimed victory in three of the past five editions of the Ryder Cup they have hosted. Oddsmakers are expecting more of the same this time, and have made the United States favourites on the Ryder Cup odds at Bet99 (1.53), where a $20 bet will generate a return of $30.40.

However, with a lineup that is expected to feature at least three major tournament winners, including the world’s top-ranked golfer Jon Rahm, Europe will be far from a pushover for the favoured Americans. The Europeans have regularly beaten the Americans at the Ryder Cup since the tournament expanded into a Europe vs USA format back in 1979. Since losing the first three editions of the expanded event, Europe has taken control, going 11-5-1 over the past 17 editions.

Whistling Straits has also been kind to non-Americans when hosting a PGA event. A non-American has won on each of the three occasions the club hosted the PGA Championship, including German Martin Kaymer’s playoff victory in 2009. That historical success has not translated into momentum on the Ryder Cup odds at BetSafe (3.00), where a $20 bet on Europe to win on US soil for the fifth time in nine appearances pays out a tidy $60.

Europe Expected to Lean Heavily on Rahm

Padraig Harrington’s job as Europe’s captain has gotten a lot easier thanks to Jon Rahm’s breakthrough campaign in 2021. The 26-year-old Spaniard rocketed to the top of the World Golf Rankings on the strength of 15 top ten finishes in just 22 event appearances. That run included top-ten performances at each of this year’s major tournaments, including his first career major tournament victory at the US Open. That steady success has helped lift Rahm to a strong early favourite on the odds to win the 2022 Masters at Sports Interaction (11.00), where a successful $20 wager will return $200.

This marks the second time that Rahm will represent Europe at the Ryder Cup. He played a key role the European’s victory in Ile-de-France, teaming up with Justin Rose and Ian Poulter to record a pair of narrow morning fourball wins, and following up with a crucial Sunday singles victory over Tiger Woods that helped put the tournament out of reach.

Joining Rahm on team Europe is Rory McIlroy, who will be aiming for a fifth career win at this event. The Northern Ireland native has been part of Ryder Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2018. However, McIlroy has struggled with the links since the start of the pandemic. Prior to the PGA Tour shutting down in March 2020, McIlroy was enjoying a run that lifted him to the top of the world rankings. However, he has managed to earn just one win since, at this year’s Wells Fargo Championship, and closed out the FedExCup Playoffs well out of contention.

Red-Hot Cantlay Leading the Way for the USA

The United States will be hoping that Patrick Cantlay can maintain the torrid pace that lifted him to this year’s FedExCup championship. After finishing among the top ten just once in his previous 14 outings, Patty Ice caught fire in the playoffs, marching to impressive victories at both the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship. In addition to earning him a $15 million payday, those wins solidified Cantlay’s position at No. 4 on the World Golf Rankings and made him an intriguing wager on the odds to win the 2022 US Open at Funbet (23.00), where a $20 bet will return a handsome $460.

Among the other major winners on Team USA are this year’s Open Championship winner Collin Morikawa and 2020 Masters winner Dustin Johnson. However, all eyes will be the heated rivalry between Bryson Dechambeau and Brooks Koepka. The duo has been engaged in a war of words throughout the campaign, raising hopes among golf fans that they will be paired together at this year’s Ryder Cup. However, the health of Koepka remains uncertain after he suffered a wrist injury that forced him to withdraw from the Tour Championship.

The Pick: the United States to win (1.69 at Sports Interaction)