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Ryder Cup Odds: Europe is Embracing Underdog Role

This article is for the 2016 Ryder Cup. For a full betting preview of the 2018 Ryder Cup, click here.

Golf’s ultimate battle for international supremacy, the Ryder Cup, is almost here and sports bettors are gearing up for one of the most exciting events of the year.

At online sportsbook Bovada, the Americans are heavy -185 favorites, while the Europeans come in as +145 underdogs. The Euros currently own the bragging rights, having won three consecutive Ryder Cups. Since Europe’s tournament inception in 1979, they’re 10-7-1 in 18 appearances on the big stage. Team Europe has won eight of the last 10 Ryder Cups.

Davis Love III will captain the Yankees, while Darren Clarke was named the European captain. Both men were given the honorary position by a panel of judges.

Representing Team U.S.A. are:

  • Davis Love III (non-playing captain)
  • Tom Lehman (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Jim Furyk (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Steve Stricker (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Tiger Woods (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Patrick Reed
  • Jimmy Walker
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Brandt Snedeker
  • Zach Johnson
  • J.B. Holmes (captain's pick)
  • Rickie Fowler (captain's pick)
  • Matt Kuchar (captain's pick)
  • Ryan Moore (captain's pick)

Representing Team Europe are:

  • Darren Clarke (non-playing captain)
  • Thomas Bjorn (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Padraig Harrington (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Paul Lawrie (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Ian Poulter (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Sam Torrance (non-playing vice-captain)
  • Rory McIlroy
  • Danny Willett
  • Henrik Stenson
  • Chris Wood
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  • Justin Rose
  • Andy Sullivan
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Lee Westwood (captain's pick)
  • Martin Kaymer (captain's pick)
  • Thomas Pieters (captain's pick)

The 2016 Ryder Cup gets underway at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota on Friday. To visit our Ryder Cup props page, click here. To see why I'm backing Europe this weekend, visit this page.

2016 Ryder Cup Odds
  • Team U.S.A. -185
  • Team Europe +145
Odds as of September 28 at Bovada

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With the conclusion of the PGA Championship, golf’s major season is officially in the books for 2016. That doesn’t mean the action stops, though. Next up on the schedule is the Ryder Cup - golf’s ultimate battle for international supremacy.

The 41st Ryder Cup, which will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota, features Darren Clarke and Davis Love III as captains for Europe and the United States. Europe enters the competition as the cup holders, having won in 2014 in Scotland for their third consecutive win.

Oddsmakers aren’t expecting the Euros to continue that streak, however. At Bovada, the Americans are -165 favorites to recapture the crown. Europe comes in at +125.

It’s interesting to note that before the Open Championship in the middle of July, those odds were at -115 for each team. Why the huge jump for the red, white and blue? I believe it has something to do with a few high-profile Americans skipping the Olympics due to Zika virus concerns, namely Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth. Extra rest can go a long way when it's that late in the calendar.

The intensity of the Ryder Cup is well known to even the most casual of golf fans. Major bragging rights are on the line, and you can expect the Americans to be sour over their recent poor performances. Over the next month, Clarke and Love will have their work cut out for them in order to select their teams.

The 2016 Ryder Cup gets underway on September 30.

2016 Ryder Cup Odds
  • United States -165
  • Europe +125
Odds as of August 15 at Bovada