The Ryder Cup returns this weekend as Zach Johnson’s US team aim to reverse a wretched sequence on European soil.
Arriving in Rome as the holders after a comprehensive win in 2021, Johnson’s 12-man team are bidding to become the first touring US team to claim the Ryder Cup since 1993.
To highlight how much the landscape has changed since America’s 19-9 victory two years ago, Team Europe, led by Luke Donald, go in as marginal favourites with the bookmakers.
It certainly looks set to be a tightly-fought battle and we’ve pulled together our tips and predictions below.
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Ryder Cup Predictions and Betting Tips
- Europe to win — 5/4 @ Betfred
- Europe to win by 1-3 points — 10/3 @ Sky Bet
- Ludwig Aberg — Top European Point Scorer — 12/1 @ PaddyPower
- Ludwig Aberg — Top European Rookie Scorer — 13/8 @ Sky Bet
- Xander Schauffele — Top US Point Scorer — 11/2 @ BoyleSports
- Jordan Spieth — Top US Wildcard — 5/1 @ Sky Bet
- Viktor Hovland — First out for Europe in the singles — 7/2 @ Sky Bet
It is so hard to win an away Ryder Cup. The US haven’t triumphed on European soil since 1993 at The Belfry, and more convincing US teams have come over to Europe and failed to take the trophy.
However, it is widely acknowledged that the US have the deeper team across the whole twelve players. There hasn’t been a close Ryder Cup since the Miracle of Medinah in 2012, so we are overdue a really tight contest. The mixture of the conditions of the course and the strength of the US team means that although Europe are tipped for the win, it could be a nail-biter.
Luke Donald has spoken about the rookie in really glowing terms. Aberg’s golf since turning professional has already seen him win on the DP World Tour and his data in terms of strokes gained is already amongst the best in the world.
To be able to win this market one must usually play every single match, which does make the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, and Viktor Hovland deserved favourites, but it is possible that Donald pairs Aberg up with one of these experienced top players. One would fancy Aberg to win his singles match as well.
It is a lock that Schauffele will reprise his partnership with Patrick Cantlay which was so successful last time out. Both players are masters with the irons so could thrive at a golf course which could reward accuracy.
Schauffele has been selected ahead of Cantlay purely for price reasons — he is half a point bigger than Cantlay in the market.
The three-time Major winner has been underestimated in this market. He is versatile enough to partner a few US stars, could easily play in four or five matches across the weekend and has the skills to be successful around this course. He always seems to raise his game for the Ryder Cup, so the fact that he hasn’t been in the best form shouldn’t count against.
It is usual practice for the captains to pick strong players to lead out the teams in the singles. The reasons for this are obvious, getting up in the early matches creates scoreboard pressure, which is going to give the team the best chance of winning. This especially becomes the case if your team is behind; Sam Torrance famously loaded his top order in 2002 and Jose Maria Olazabal did similar in the Miracle of Medinah Ryder Cup of 2012.
Rory McIlroy is the justified favourite for this market. He has actually led off on Sunday for the last three Ryder Cups, however, he has only won once. It could be a good piece of psychology from Donald to change that order around with the US probably expecting McIlroy first up on the Sunday.
If Viktor Hovland has a good Ryder Cup he has a big chance of being selected to lead off, and he has the mentality to be able to handle that responsibility.