Iowa Sportsbooks Favor Team USA In 2021 Ryder Cup Betting Markets

Written By Derek Helling on September 22, 2021 - Last Updated on September 24, 2021

The 2021 Ryder Cup is days away, and Iowa sportsbooks like Team USA to wrest control of the trophy away from their European opponents this year. There are many more ways to bet the golf, though.

Those include prop bets on which team will reach point markers first and which individuals will lead their teams in points. Regardless of how you bet on the Ryder Cup, it’s important to note when you catch the action.

2021 Ryder Cup schedule and TV info

The Ryder Cup competition begins Friday, Sept. 24, from Whistling Straits Golf Course in Haven, Wisconsin. This is the first time the course will host the event. The event was not played last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Team Europe won the cup in 2018 at Le Golf National in France by a score of 17.5 to 10.5.

Justin Thomas led the way for Team USA that year by scoring four points. Francesco Molinari scored five points to lead in that category for Team Europe.

The Golf Channel and NBC will carry coverage of the tournament this year. Although this is the 43rd playing of the event, the possibility of ties has given Team Europe a narrow 11-8 advantage in the win column.

Will there be another tie in 2021? Iowa sports betting apps seem to think that’s the most unlikely result. Given the talent on both rosters, it does seem more probable that one team or the other will get to 14.5 points.

Rosters for both 2021 Ryder Cup teams

Automatic qualifiers for Captain Steve Stricker’s USA team are:

  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Dustin Johnson (pictured)
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Collin Morikawa
  • Justin Thomas

Stricker then filled out his roster with:

  • Daniel Berger
  • Harris English
  • Tony Finau
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Jordan Spieth

The automatic qualifiers for Team Europe, captained by Padraig Harrington are:

  • Paul Casey
  • Matt Fitzpatrick
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Jon Rahm
  • Lee Westwood
  • Bernd Wiesberger

Harrington used his captain’s picks to add Sergio Garcia, Shane Lowry and Ian Poulter. Eight of the 12 Team Europe roster members have Ryder Cup experience while only six of Team USA’s players have competed in this event before.

Despite the greater experience, IA sportsbooks favor Team USA in several markets this weekend. The variety and volume across all the available apps provide ways to bet no matter your preferences.

Ways to bet the Ryder Cup at IA sportsbooks

The most common example of markets for the 2021 Ryder Cup is a three-way moneyline on which team will win.

BetMGM Sportsbook has Team USA -185 in its such market. BetRivers Sportsbook has Team Europe +188. Caesars Sportsbook has +1200 odds on a tie.

Some books are offering draw no bet two-way moneyline markets as well.

DraftKings Sportsbook is on that at -190 on Team USA, +160 on Team Europe. Props start with wagers on which teams will hold a lead at the end of particular days among the three-day contest.

FanDuel Sportsbook has +185 odds on Team USA to lead at the end of both of the first two days and then win. A tie at the end of the first day followed by a European lead and then a USA comeback to raise the trophy would pay out +3300.

Another prop market that might be of some intrigue is which individual will score the most points. PointsBet Sportsbook‘s favorite there is Jon Rahm at +700. Thomas has the shortest odds there among Team USA players at +900.

However you wager, this event boasts the top talents in the world in men’s golf facing off against each other. Getting to watch them play while possibly collecting some green of your own is a winner.

How the Ryder Cup works

The Ryder Cup features 28 US vs. Europe matches over three days. Each match is worth one team point at the end of 18 holes. USA and Europe get a half-point each if a matchup ends in a tie. The first team to reach 14.5 points wins the Ryder Cup.

  • Four-Ball Format (8 matches) — Players are in two-man teams with points awarded at each hole. Only the best European and best US player’s score of the partnerships counts.
  • Foursomes (8 matches) — The two-man teams play one ball per hole and alternate shots. One player tees off on even numbers holes, while his teammate tees off on odd numbered holes.
  • Singles on Sunday (12 matches) — The lower score wins the hole and there are 12 head-to-head matchups on the final day.

2021 Ryder Cup futures odds: USA vs. Europe

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Derek Helling is a freelance journalist who resides in Chicago. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and covers the intersections of sports with business and the law.

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