- The 43rd Ryder Cup from Whistling Straits in Haven, WI starts Friday, September 24th
- Despite losing nine of the last twelve cups, Team USA is the heavy -190 favorite
- See the odds to win the competition and the teams after captain’s picks were selected
After the United States were surprisingly manhandled by seven points at the 2018 Ryder Cup, they’re out for a measure of revenge. The States will be back on home soil, where they won the 2016 edition by six points at Hazeltine Golf Club. Despite losing a majority of the matches since the mid 90’s, USA is still favored to emerge victorious, led by Collin Morikawa, Bryson DeChambeau and company.
Captain Steve Stricker selected six captain’s picks last week, rounding out his squad with gritty players and long ball hitters, since Whistling Straits is a very long track. European captain Padraig Harrington picked three players on Sunday to fill out his roster. In the three times this course has hosted the PGA Championship (2004, 2010, 2015), no American won the tournament. Fijian Vijay Singh was the champion in 2004, German Martin Kaymer took the trophy in 2010 and in 2015, Aussie Jason Day tasted victory.
With the matches set to start less than two weeks away, can the States win for the third time in their last four attempts on home soil? Or will the Europeans rally behind their underdog status to break the hearts of the Americans yet again?
Odds to Win 2021 Ryder Cup
|Team||Odds at DraftKings|
Odds taken September 12th
Europe Elects to Go With Experienced Veterans
While captain Steve Stricker chose four rookies in his six selections, Europe opted to go with experience with their three picks. Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have combined to compete in 15 Ryder Cups, while 2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry will be making his first appearance.
2021 Ryder Cup Teams
|Team USA||Team Europe|
|Collin Morikawa||Jon Rahm|
|Dustin Johnson||Tommy Fleetwood|
|Bryson DeChambeau||Tyrrell Hatton|
|Brooks Koepka||Bernd Wiesberger|
|Justin Thomas||Rory McIlroy|
|Patrick Cantlay||Viktor Hovland|
|Tony Finau*||Paul Casey|
|Xander Schauffele*||Matt Fitzpatrick|
|Jordan Spieth*||Lee Westwood|
|Harris English*||Shane Lowry*|
|Daniel Berger*||Sergio Garcia*|
|Scottie Scheffler*||Ian Poulter*|
*Denotes Captain’s Pick
Should Europe Be the Underdog?
It feels like every Ryder Cup, the Americans are favored to win, and more often than not, they disappoint, having dropped nine of their last twelve chances to hoist the trophy. The last three competitions haven’t been particularly close whatsoever, with Europe taking four of the last five iterations of the competition.
Past Ryder Cup Results
|–||2018||Won by 7 pts|
|Won by 6 pts||2016||–|
|–||2014||Won by 5 pts|
|–||2012||Won by 1 pt|
|–||2010||Won by 1 pt|
USA Has Many Top Tier Players
The main reason the United States is a -190 favorite is because they boast eight of the top-ten players in the world. Europe only has one, #1 ranked Jon Rahm. Of the players that are competing, the States boasts 13 victories in 2021 on the PGA Tour, while Europe has just two triumphs, with Jon Rahm taking the US Open and Rory McIlroy securing the title at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Half of the European contingent haven’t won anywhere in the world in 2021, while Scottie Scheffler is the lone American yet to win anything this year. He did, however, make it all the way to the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Europe is somehow often able to punch above their weight class, but this USA squad is incredibly stacked.
- Pick: United States (-190)