The Ryder Cup is the most exciting three days in golf and it all goes down at Whistling Straits on Friday.
Team USA enters as the favourites despite losing heavily in 2018. Will the pairings work well together? Or will the US falter under the pressure?
Europe enters as the outsiders, but they are being disrespected with bookmakers. Punters are getting value with the Ryder Cup champions, so it shapes up as an intriguing contest.
Ryder Cup Predictions
Outright Winner – Europe
We can’t pass up the value for Europe to retain the Ryder Cup. They demolished the Americans in 2018, and we don’t see any reason to jump off their back.
Europe has only three rookies in the team, which includes rising star and two-time PGA Tour winner Viktor Hovland. It also includes the experienced Shane Lowry, who has a major title under his belt.
There is good experience with the American rookies as well, but Europe’s senior players love the team format and they should thrive once again. Players like Ian Poulter and Jon Rahm live for the Ryder Cup, especially Poulter.
His form hasn’t been great heading into the tournament, with only one win since 2011, but he always rises to the occasion in this tournament. His record is impressive, which is why we’re going with Europe to win.
It’s paying $3 to beat USA, which is a terrific price. The Europeans should enjoy playing at Whistling Straits, as it’s not a pitch-and-putt course, unlike many courses in the States.
Bet: Europe @ $3
Day One Winner – Europe
The best chance for the Europeans is to come out on day one and establish a lead.
They are better suited to fourball and foursomes play, so we think Europe has the natural advantage over the Americans on the opening day.
We give the advantage to Team USA on the final day, which is singles competition, but we expect Europe to pick up where it left off.
Punters get $2.80 for a day one victory, which is worth snapping up before it shortens.
Bet: Europe @ $2.80
Top USA Points Scorer – Dustin Johnson
He’s not the most popular pick this week, but Dustin Johnson’s class should shine through for the Americans.
The former world number one hasn’t had a successful season, but he plays well in the Ryder Cup, and punters should enjoy the $8.50 available with bookmakers.
We also like Collin Morikawa at $10. He has emerged as one of the best players in the world after capturing two major titles, and he’s also one of the most relaxed players.
Morikawa should enjoy the team environment, and given the double figure odds available, we wouldn’t leave him out of calculations.
Bet: Dustin Johnson @ $8.50
Top Europe Points Scorer – Ian Poulter
We can’t believe Ian Poulter is paying $13. He might not be the marquee name for Europe, but his Ryder Cup record of 14-6-2 speaks for itself.
He’s also undefeated in singles at 5-0-1, so there is no reason to leave the Englishman off your Ryder Cup ticket.
The current favourite for the Europeans is Jon Rahm at $4.50, and whilst he’s the best player in the world, it doesn’t always translate to match play wins.
We would also entertain the chances of Rory McIlroy, who could reignite his best form. The Northern Irishman, much like Poulter, has struggled in stroke play tournaments. However, he is overdue to show his best skills.
Bet: Ian Poulter @ $13
Top Wildcard – Sergio Garcia
There is value with the Spaniard, who wasn’t far off qualifying for the European team without having to be a wildcard.
The former Masters champion is another tough match play performer, who has a Ryder Cup record of 22-12-7. It’s an impressive record for the experienced golfer, so we see no reason to leave the fiery Spaniard out of our calculations.
Garcia is paying $7.80 to be the top wildcard point scorer.
Bet: Sergio Garcia @ $7.80
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. Coupled with his love of US sport, Daryl’s picks have been featured on various websites around the world and viewed by millions of readers. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NBA, NFL, and college sports. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.