Bettors Split on Whether USA Will Defeat Europe in 2021 Ryder Cup

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  • Team USA is a consensus heavy favorite to beat Europe in the 2021 Ryder Cup
  • Lots of online bettors are flocking to Europe, while land-based sportsbooks in the US are attracting more bets on the Americans
  • Europe crushed Team USA as a betting underdog in the 2018 Ryder Cup

The United States may be favored to dethrone the Europeans at this weekend’s Ryder Cup, but bettors aren’t as optimistic as oddsmakers. Caesars Sportsbook is among the various betting sites that has Team USA listed as sizable -200 favorites to capture the trophy, but many bettors aren’t taking the bait. 

According to ESPN’s David Purdum, a whopping 70 percent of the money wagered on the Ryder Cup at DraftKings has come in on the underdog Europeans to win. The opposite is true at the Westgate SuperBook in Las Vegas, however. While the number of bets between the teams is about even, an incredible 90 percent of the money wagered has come in on Team USA. 

Plenty of Buzz on Team USA

Jeff Sherman, the vice president of risk management for the SuperBook, told ESPN, “We’re hard-pressed to sell much on Europe. Europe is a really strong position for us. The public is really enthralled with the US as far as the money goes.” Sherman added, “This is the one golf tournament a year where they encourage the fans to be involved. It’s not like any other tournament. You get a lot of energy involved, so it plays into the betting market.”

Europe is listed at +200 to win the Ryder Cup for the second time in a row, while a draw is listed at +1200. Team Europe needs to finish with 14 points in order to win, while the Americans need at least 14.5 points to win on home soil. The 2021 edition of the competition is set to go down this weekend at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.

Interestingly enough, the US is also attracting plenty of betting interest overseas. International bookmakers at top golf betting sites have the US as -200 favorites to win the Ryder Cup, and the Americans are also getting the vast majority of the attention from the betting public. Oddschecker says that 69 percent of the bets placed with sportsbooks in the UK are on the United States to emerge victorious.

Europe’s Recent Dominance

The USA has won this tournament 42 times in its history, but the Europeans have dominated in recent years. Team Europe has taken four of the last five iterations of the competition, including the most recent edition back in 2018. The last time the Americans won was in 2016, when they picked up a 17-11 victory at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

Three of Europe’s four wins in that span have come on European soil, though the Europeans did beat the Americans at Medinah Country Club in Illinois in 2012. This tournament was originally slated to take place last year, but it was postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On paper, the Americans are worthy favorites here. Team USA features eight players currently ranked inside the top-10 in the world. Europe’s Jon Rahm, meanwhile, is the only player on his team in the top-13. 

If recent history is any indication, we should take the early odds with a grain of salt. The Americans were also heavily favored back in 2018 before suffering an embarrassing 17.5-10.5 blowout loss. 

The 2021 Ryder Cup will get underway on Friday afternoon.

Taylor Smith

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