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2018 Ryder Cup Betting Guide: Odds, Picks, Props and Tips

The 2018 Ryder Cup is finally here as the event starts on September 28. We’re going to find out more about the golfers that will be participating in this United States-versus-Europe matchup.

As of now, the American team is a -140 favorite to win it all and we know about eight golfers that are on their roster. Captain Jim Furyk has selected Brooks Koepka, who won the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Webb Simpson. Johnson, Thomas and Koepka are top three in the FedEx Cup standings, while Watson and Simpson are also in the Top 7.

The debate now continues as to whether Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods will be involved. One would have to think that given how Woods has played recently that he’ll be part of the festivities.

Meanwhile, Europe is a +120 underdog because their best players are not at their best right now. Surely, Justin Rose, Francesco Molinari and Rory McIlroy will be a part of the team but they haven’t exactly lit the world on fire. At least Rose and Molinari have each registered a pair of wins this season — McIlroy doesn’t even have one. And who is on the team beyond them? Names like Matthew Fitzpatrick, Joost Luiten, Berdn Wiesberger, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington have all been bandied about.

From a betting perspective, the Americans definitely have the players who have produced more wins and greater success this season. Whether that translates to a win at the 2018 Ryder Cup, we’ll have to see.

If you’ve never bet the Ryder Cup, here is a rundown of how it works as well as the betting odds for 2018. 

Understanding The Ryder Cup Odds

When you’re looking at the golf betting lines, you’re going to see a slew of different odds. There might be matchups, odds to win the tournament or props to make the cut. If you’re new to betting odds, let’s do a quick run through to explain how to read them.

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Sample Golf Matchup Odds

Tiger Woods -200

Justin Rose +150

When you see a minus sign in front of the odds, that’s the amount you would bet to win $100. In this case, you’d win $100 if you bet $200 on Tiger Woods and he won. On the other side, if there’s a plus sign, that’s the amount you win if you bet $100. In this case, you’d win $150 on Justin Rose.

You don’t have to bet in $100 amounts. You’re free to bet whatever amounts you like but this is how the breakdown works, so that everyone can understand the payouts.

How Is The Ryder Cup Played?

The Ryder Cup teams are picked by recently retired or senior champion golfers that serve as captains for the event. The captains pick the 12 players that make up their teams and decide the slot where each player will compete in the event. Each captain has several vice-captains that help them out with tactical advice and support throughout the tournament.

Ryder Cup Format

The current playing format for the Ryder Cup has been in place since 1979 with the 12 best golfers from the USA taking on the 12 best golfers from Europe over a three-day tournament. The first team to clinch 14.5 of the 28 points on the line wins. The Ryder Cup tournament is played under the match-play format rules rather than the stroke-play format that is used for the majority of PGA events.

Match Play Format

Under the stroke-play format rules, every single shot matters as the golfers battle to win every individual hole. At the end of each hole, the player or tandem with the lowest score take the point for that hole. The outcome of each hole depends on besting the performance of your opponent. Essentially, a golfer could win, lose or halve a hole regardless of whether they birdie it or bogey it. All that matters is that they produce a better outcome than their opponent.

Day 1 & 2: Four Matches, Foursomes and Fourballs 

There are three different types of match-play golf played out over the three days that make up the tournament. The first two days include four matches of four-balls and four matches of foursomes, with 16 points up for grabs.

Four-balls is when two players from each side both play their own ball with the lowest individual score of the four players winning the hole. These matches could go on for a full 18 holes, or until one side that’s such a dominant lead that they can’t be overtaken or tied. These matches could either be won by a side or halved if after 18 holes each side has won the same amount of holes.

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Foursomes is similar to four-balls in that two golfers from each side compete over 18 holes until one side takes an insurmountable lead. The only difference between foursomes and four-balls is that in foursomes each pair uses only one ball, with each player taking alternate shots. Once again, the foursome matches can be won by either side or halved if each side has won the same amount of holes.

The captains determine the teams for both the four-balls and the foursomes. Tactics are important since the captains are looking for favorable matchups on each hole based on individual strengths and head-to-head matchups.

Day 3: Singles Matchups

The third day of Ryder Cup play is when all 12 players from each side play singles matchups. Once again, the captain will decide the order the players compete in order to attempt to gain a matchup advantage. Each player can play a maximum of five matches including two four-balls, two foursomes and a single. The majority of players competing in the Ryder Cups get plenty of action.

The players on each side are selected in different ways. Team USA is made up of the leading players in points earned on the PGA Tour and major events, along with four additional players selected by the captain. The European side is made up of the leading four players on the Race to Dubai, the next leading five players on the official world ranks list and three additional players selected by the team captain.

Ryder Cup Winner Odds

The oddsmakers do an excellent job of listing a variety of different types of wagers that bettors can play for the Ryder Cup including of course picking which team will win the tournament outright. In addition to picking an outright winner, there is a number of intriguing prop bets available for every Ryder Cup.

Ryder Cup Top Points Scorer

One intriguing future bet available is the top point scorer market. This option allows bettors to place a bet on the golfer they think will either be the top points scorer overall over the full three days or the player they think will be the top scorer for either Team USA or Team Europe.

Ryder Cup Four-balls, Foursomes and Single Matches

In addition to betting on the top scorer, you could also pick the winners for each of the four-balls, foursomes and individual matches. In addition to the single bets on these, you could also bet an accumulator, which is essentially a parlay built on a number of individual matches.

Who Will Win The First Point?

There are other interesting futures bets including betting on which player you think will get the first point of the tournament. This type of bet can be tricky since you need to figure out the order and the matchup before you make your prediction. Golf enthusiasts can also bet on the individual points accumulated by star players at the event including how many points players like Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.

Ryder Cup Props Specials

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Different oddsmakers will run different specials for the Ryder Cup including bets like, “What will happen to the first tee shot?” These types of bets are great since anything can happen on each hole. Will the player hit the fairway? Will they find the rough? Or will their shot end up in a hazard or a bunker? These Ryder Cup specials can add to the excitement of each hole and provide additional opportunities to make some serious cash.

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The Ryder Cup specials can include everything from whether or not there will be a hole-in-one to which players will win their head-to-head betting matchups. If you are a golf enthusiast and you are looking to get in on the action, make sure you shop around and find the oddsmakers with the widest range of Ryder Cup bets available.

2018 Ryder Cup Betting Odds and Props

How many matches will Tiger Woods compete in?

3 or fewer (+1000)

4 (+140)

5 (-160)

 

Tiger Woods total wins

2 or fewer wins +175

3 wins+175

4 wins +250

5 wins +1000

 

Total points for Tiger Woods

Over 2.5 (-180)

Under 2.5 (+150)

 

Outcome of Tiger Woods singles match on Sunday

Woods wins -140

Woods loses +175

Tie +650

 

Tiger Woods opponent for singles match on Sunday

Justin Rose +600

Rory McIlroy +600

Jon Rahm +800

Tommy Fleetwood +800

Ian Poulter +800

Francesco Molinari +1000

Henrik Stenson +1100

Sergio Garcia +1200

Paul Casey +1300

Alex Noren +1500

Thorbjorn Olesen +1500

Tyrrell Hatton+1500

 

Which player will Tiger Woods be paired with for Friday foursomes match?

Bryson DeChambeau +250

Patrick Reed +600

Rickie Fowler +800

Justin Thomas +800

Jordan Spieth +800

Brooks Koepka +1000

Dustin Johnson +1000

Phil Mickelson +1500

Webb Simpson +1500

Tony Finau +1500

Bubba Watson +2000

 

Winner Outright

USA -135

Europe +145

Tie +1100

 

First Player Out for Europe in Singles

Rory McIlroy +330

Justin Rose +450

Henrik Stenson +600

Ian Poulter +800

Jon Rahm +800

Tommy Fleetwood +1000

Paul Casey +1200

Sergio Garcia +1200

Francesco Molinari +1400

Alex Noren +1400

Tyrrell Hatton +2000

Thorbjorn Olesen +2500

 

First Player Out for USA in Singles

Patrick Reed +400

Jordan Spieth +500

Tiger Woods +600

Dustin Johnson +650

Brooks Koepka +650

Rickie Fowler +700

Justin Thomas +800

Bubba Watson +1200

Webb Simpson +1600

Phil Mickelson +2000

Bryson DeChambeau +2000

Tony Finau +2500

 

Last Player Out for Europe in Singles

Sergio Garcia +600

Francesco Molinari +600

Tyrrell Hatton +700

Thorbjorn Olesen +700

Alex Noren +800

Ian Poulter +800

Paul Casey +900

Jon Rahm +900

Tommy Fleetwood +1000

Henrik Stenson +1100

Justin Rose +1200

Rory McIlroy +2000

 

Last Player Out for USA in Singles

Bryson DeChambeau +600

Brooks Koepka +650

Webb Simpson +650

Rickie Fowler +700

Justin Thomas +750

Tony Finau +800

Dustin Johnson +800

Phil Mickelson +900

Tiger Woods +900

Jordan Spieth +1400

Bubba Watson +1400

Patrick Reed +2500

 

Top European Points Scorer

Justin Rose +500

Rory McIlroy +500

Tommy Fleetwood +750

Francesco Molinari +800

Jon Rahm +800

Ian Poulter +1000

Henrik Stenson +1000

Paul Casey +1200

Sergio Garcia +1400

Alex Noren +1600

Tyrrell Hatton +2200

Thorbjorn Olesen +2500

 

Top USA Points Scorer

Dustin Johnson +500

Justin Thomas +600

Brooks Koepka +650

Jordan Spieth +750

Tiger Woods +750

Patrick Reed +800

Rickie Fowler +1000

Bryson DeChambeau +1100

Webb Simpson +2000

Phil Mickelson +2200

Tony Finau +2200

Bubba Watson +2500

 

Top Wildcard

Tiger Woods +300

Henrik Stenson +550

Ian Poulter +550

Paul Casey +600

Bryson DeChambeau +600

Sergio Garcia +600

Phil Mickelson +750

Tony Finau +900

 

Top European Wildcard

Ian Poulter +250

Henrik Stenson +250

Paul Casey +275

Sergio Garcia +275

 

Top USA Wildcard

Tiger Woods +150

Bryson DeChambeau +250

Phil Mickelson +350

Tony Finau +400

 

Top Rookie

Justin Thomas +250

Jon Rahm +400

Tommy Fleetwood +450

Bryson DeChambeau +550

Alex Noren +800

Tony Finau +1100

Tyrrell Hatton +1400

Thorbjorn Olesen +1400

 

Top European Rookie

Jon Rahm +185

Tommy Fleetwood +210

Alex Noren +450

Tyrrell Hatton +650

Thorbjorn Olesen +650

 

Top USA Rookie

Justin Thomas -135

Bryson DeChambeau +225

Tony Finau +350

 

Top Continental European

Jon Rahm +275

Francesco Molinari +300

Henrik Stenson +325

Sergio Garcia +450

Alex Noren +700

Thorbjorn Olesen +900

 

Top Englishman

Justin Rose +185

Tommy Fleetwood +300

Ian Poulter +325

Paul Casey +400

Tyrrell Hatton +800

 

Top Scandinavian

Henrik Stenson +110

Alex Noren +200

Thorbjorn Olesen +250

 

Top GB & Ireland

Rory McIlroy +250

Justin Rose +250

Tommy Fleetwood +450

Ian Poulter +550

Paul Casey +600

Tyrrell Hatton +1000

 

Top Spaniard

Jon Rahm -140

Sergio Garcia +110

 

Player To Hole the Winning Putt

Bryson DeChambeau +1200

Justin Thomas +1200

Brooks Koepka +1200

Phil Mickelson +1200

Tiger Woods +1200

Webb Simpson +1400

Tony Finau +1400

Dustin Johnson +1400

Tommy Fleetwood +1800

Rickie Fowler +1800

Ian Poulter +1800

Justin Rose +1800

Henrik Stenson +1800

Francesco Molinari +2000

Paul Casey +2000

Sergio Garcia +2000

Alex Noren +2000

Jordan Spieth +2000

Bubba Watson +2000

Jon Rahm +2200

Tyrrell Hatton +2500

Thorbjorn Olesen +2500

Rory McIlroy +3300

Patrick Reed +3300

 

Top Swede

Henrik Stenson -170

Alex Noren +130

 

Player to Hit Opening USA Tee Shot

Patrick Reed +500

Jordan Spieth +500

Tiger Woods +650

Dustin Johnson +750

Brooks Koepka +750

Rickie Fowler +800

Webb Simpson +800

Justin Thomas +800

Bubba Watson +800

Phil Mickelson +2000

Bryson DeChambeau +3300

Tony Finau +3300

 

Player to Hit Opening European Tee Shot

Justin Rose +220

Rory McIlroy +550

Henrik Stenson +550

Tommy Fleetwood +650

Ian Poulter +650

Francesco Molinari +1400

Jon Rahm +1400

Paul Casey +1600

Sergio Garcia +1600

Alex Noren +1600

Thorbjorn Olesen +2500

Tyrrell Hatton +4000

 

Will There Be A Hole In One?

Yes +475

No -800

 

Day 1 – Winner

USA EVEN

Europe +130

Tie +500

 

Day 1 – Fourballs Winner

USA +125

Europe +160

Tie +275

 

Day 1 – Foursomes Winner

USA +125

Europe +160

Tie +275

 

Day 2 – Winner

USA EVEN

Europe +130

Tie +500

 

Day 2 – Fourballs Winner

USA +125

Europe +160

Tie +275

 

Day 2 – Foursomes Winner

USA +125

Europe +160

Tie +275

 

Day 3 – Singles Winner

USA -110

Europe +120

Tie +700

 

Team To Score 1st Full Point

USA -130

Europe EVEN

 

Total Halved Matches

Over 3.5 -140

Under 3.5 +110

 

Alex Noren Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -180

Over 1.5 Points +140

 

Brooks Koepka Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -165

Over 2.5 Points +125

 

Bryson DeChambeau Total Points

1.5 Points And Under +125

Over 1.5 Points -165

 

Bubba Watson Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -190

Over 1.5 Points +150

 

Francesco Molinari Total Points

1.5 Points And Under +125

Over 1.5 Points -165

 

Henrik Stenson Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -170

Over 2.5 Points +130

 

Ian Poulter Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -170

Over 2.5 Points +130

 

Jon Rahm Total Points

1.5 Points And Under +135

Over 1.5 Points -175

 

Dustin Johnson Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -130

Over 2.5 Points EVEN

 

Jordan Spieth Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -165

Over 2.5 Points +125

 

Justin Rose Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -120

Over 2.5 Points -110

 

Justin Thomas Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -165

Over 2.5 Points +125

 

Paul Casey Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -135

Over 1.5 Points +105

 

Phil Mickelson Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -140

Over 1.5 Points +110

 

Rickie Fowler Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -170

Over 2.5 Points +130

 

Patrick Reed Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -200

Over 2.5 Points +160

 

Sergio Garcia Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -170

Over 2.5 Points +130

 

Rory McIlroy Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -115

Over 2.5 Points -115

 

Thorbjorn Olesen Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -180

Over 1.5 Points +140

 

Tiger Woods Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -175

Over 2.5 Points +135

 

Tommy Fleetwood Total Points

2.5 Points And Under -175

Over 2.5 Points +135

 

Tony Finau Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -165

Over 1.5 Points +125

 

Tyrrell Hatton Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -185

Over 1.5 Points +145

 

Webb Simpson Total Points

1.5 Points And Under -140

Over 1.5 Points +110

 

Total Matches to go to the 18th Hole

Over 11.5 -140

Under 11.5 +110

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