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Why Europe Will Win the Ryder Cup

When examining the odds for the 41st Ryder Cup, it’s quite clear oddsmakers are expecting the trophy to return to the land of the free and the home of the brave. I’m not so convinced.

At Bovada, the United States are hefty -185 favorites to triumph in the renowned event, with Europe’s chances coming in at a distant +145. Those odds have increased ahead of the tournament, as America was -165 in mid-August.

With Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota acting as the host, the Americans will enjoy the advantage of having the home crowd vigorously in their corner. But the Europeans, who have won six of the last seven and eight of the past 10 Ryder Cups, always find a way to rise to the occasion on golf’s biggest international stage. Simply put, they can never be counted out.

Fade the Favorites

On paper, the Americans have the much stronger team. Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Phil Mickelson can light it up and win a PGA Tour tournament with relative ease. Patrick Reed, who made his Ryder Cup debut in 2014, turned in an incredible performance last time around and he’s in great form ahead of this year’s edition.

The Ryder Cup is not won on paper, though. It’s won between the ears. Due to its prior underwhelming performances, the U.S.A. is feeling the heat right now. That kind of pressure can wear on golfers, and another failure would surely cause an uproar in the American golfing world. Meanwhile, the Europeans are playing with house money and are having a lot of fun in the process. It means the world to them.

At sportsbooks, the Americans have closed as favorites in the last six Ryder Cups, and underdogs have paid out in seven of the previous 12 renewals. The dogs are always barking at the Ryder Cup, and +145 is a fantastic price for the Euros, in my opinion.

The Rory Factor

One man to look out for is Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, a proud Northern Irishman, surpassed Dustin Johnson on the final day of the Tour Championship to claim his first career FedExCup victory. The 27-year-old edged out American captain’s pick Ryan Moore on Sunday to post his second win in the last month after taking home the hardware at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

“Hopefully, in some way, it helps the team,” McIlroy said after getting crowned as the FedExCup champion. “I’ve obviously never gone into a Ryder Cup with this much excitement.”

Europe backers are excited, too. Grab a beer, kick back and enjoy the fantastic golf. The Ryder Cup kicks off on September 30.