Bettors can find value in betting the Ryder Cup exotics, including Day One winner, top players, winning margin and last man out.
The competition starts on Friday with the foursomes and fourballs, which always gives an early indication of how the Ryder Cup will play out.
Golf odds are available for loads of markets, and we look at the best value bets for the Ryder Cup.
Day One Winner
We believe Europe will win the Ryder Cup. That requires a Day One lead, which pays handsomely with the sportsbook.
Europe is paying +135 to lead Team USA after the opening day of play, which includes 36 holes in a team format. It’s what the Europeans excel at, so we think they can build a lead and never let it go.
Team captains haven’t released the pairings yet, but Europe combines its players better than Team USA. We saw this in the 2018 Ryder Cup, and we don’t see much change this time around.
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Bettors can get +160 for Europe to win Day One with the tie option being available. There is more risk in this option, but bettors get generous odds.
For safety, take Europe in the head-to-head option to lead the opening day.
Pick: Europe +135
Top European Rookie
There are three options for bettors from which to choose: Viktor Hovland, Shane Lowry and Bernd Wiesberger. We are going with Hovland to be the top European rookie.
The Norwegian 24-year-old is ranked 12th in the world, so that already puts him ahead of Lowry and Wiesberger despite giving away experience.
Hovland has been on a tear since arriving on the PGA Tour, which includes winning the Puerto Rico Open in 2020 and Mayakoba Classic later that year.
He also won the 2021 BMW International, so he knows how to win on the world stage.
We respect Lowry, who owns a major victory, but Hovland should benefit from better pairings. He is likely to be paired with Rory McIlroy, which is a mouth-watering proposition.
“I think we’ve got a lot of the same strengths and kind of personality-wise we think a lot alike,” Hovland told Golf Week.
“As we all do, we say who we want to play with, and then we just kind of use these days to figure out, OK, is this a good fit or not, do we work together, and then we kind of go from there. Other than that, I don’t really know.”
Wiesberger has shown frailties in the past, so we can’t entertain his odds of +500. Bookmakers have him figured out, so the value is with Hovland at -110.
Pick: Viktor Hovland -110
Last Out Singles Europe
It’s a common conception that the weaker players are sent out last in the Ryder Cup. It’s mostly true, but we think the Europeans will send out Ian Poulter if the match is close.
Poulter is a clutch golfer in this competition and captain Padraig Harrington wouldn’t want to send out an inexperienced player to bring the Ryder Cup home.
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We think Poulter will be last out in the singles on Sunday, and his match could potentially seal the deal. The Brit has a stellar record in singles, and getting points toward the end of the singles is vital.
The current favorite is Wiesberger at +600, but if it’s a tight Ryder Cup, you don’t want the competition coming down to the last match with him.
Take Poulter at +700.
Pick: Ian Poulter +700
First Out Singles USA
Setting the tone for Team USA could be Dustin Johnson. Securing early points is important on the final day, so why not send out your strongest player?
Johnson might not be in career-best form, but he’s unflappable and a guy every team would love to send out first.
Justin Thomas is the favorite at +500, and he’s another likely pick, but there is value with Johnson at +600. We expect the American to set the tone early and help Team USA wrestle the Ryder Cup back from the Europeans.
Pick: Dustin Johnson +600
Online markets have generous odds available for winning margin. It’s not an easy market to predict but the rewards are worth the risk.
The current favorite is Team USA by 1-3 points at +240, but we think there is more value in backing Europe 1-3 points. It pays +350, which is better odds than the outright Ryder Cup winning markets offer.
Despite Europe winning easily in 2018, it should be a tighter battle this time around. We think Europe retains the Ryder Cup, but it could come down to the final two matches on the course.