The Ryder Cup is historically difficult to predict when it comes to individual performances, especially with golf odds this week because the pairings aren’t announced until the day prior to the matches and those pairings ultimately determine the odds for success.
In addition, the course has something to do with relative success, as noted in Golf Digest, “Steve Stricker, captain of this year’s U.S. squad, seems to have learned the lesson. In explaining his rationale behind his six captain’s picks—Daniel Berger, Tony Finau, Harris English, Xander Schauffele, Scottie Scheffler, and Jordan Spieth—he repeatedly stressed the importance of driving distance.”
Europe is looking to defend its title and hoist the Ryder Cup for the 10th time in the last 13 meetings in the 43rd edition of the biennial event at Whistling Straits on the Wisconsin shores of Lake Michigan, which was postponed from 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns. Europe cruised to a 17 ½ to 10 ½ victory in 2018 at Le Golf National near Paris on the strength of eight straight match wins on the opening two days of team play.
Top Combined Ryder Cup Points Scorer
In 2018, Francesco Molinari led the European charge with five points to take the honors for the top combined point scorer, followed by Tommy Fleetwood, with whom he was paired for four team wins, and American Justin Thomas with four total points. Molinari didn’t make the European team this time around, but there are still plenty of talented and experienced players on Captain Padraig Harrington’s squad.
The player with the best odds at BetUS sportsbook to win the most points for either team in the Ryder Cup is U.S. Open champion Jon Rahm at +650. Rahm, who is in his second Ryder Cup, had a 1-2 record in 2018, but his game has come a long way in the last three years. He’s followed on the odds list by Justin Thomas at +800, Patrick Cantlay, and Jordan Spieth from the United States at +1000 with Rory McIlroy from the European side at +1100.
Pick: Thomas at +800 for scores and odds.
Pick to Lead Europe in Points
Rahm leads the way at +330 to come away with the most points for Europe, with McIlroy in second at +550 after breaking a brief slump with a victory in the Wells Fargo Championship this past spring and going 2-3 in his Ryder Cup matches in 2018. Newcomer Viktor Hovland, who has a pair of wins on the PGA Tour and one on the European Tour in his short career is next at +700 with Tommy Fleetwood close behind at +850.
A name down the list is the veteran of 10 Ryder Cups, with 48-year-old Lee Westwood coming off a terrific season and having odds of +2200 to lead the Europeans. The other player on their squad with 10 appearances is Sergio Garcia at +1100, who picked up three points for Europe in 2018 to add to his all-time team record of 25.5.
Pick: Hovland at +700, especially if Harrington pairs him with veterans
United States Needs Someone to Step Up
After a dismal showing in 2018, the United States team needs at least two players to demonstrate leadership during the competition. The only two players to have much success in France were Thomas at +600 and Spieth at +650, who was second on the team with three points, all coming when they were paired together in the foursomes and four-ball formats.
FedEx Cup champion and Ryder Cup rookie Patrick Cantlay is also at +650 and his play in the last two tournaments where he stared down Jon Rahm might prove beneficial this week. Dustin Johnson, the most experienced of the Americans in the Ryder Cup is at +700, followed by Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele at +750 and controversial Bryson DeChambeau at +900.