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Ryder Cup 2016 Odds and Betting Preview

There will be an emotional start to the 2016 Ryder Cup following the death of Arnold Palmer earlier this week but after the tributes have been fondly paid, it’s on with the serious business, writes Matt.

There are some notable absentees on both sides but as they line up at Hazeltine this weekend, two very strong squads look evenly matched, on paper at least.

Outright Ryder Cup Odds

Europe are defending their crown and are aiming for a fourth straight win so it may surprise many to see the USA installed as pre-tournament favourites at 8/13 with Coral and BetVictor. Europe are out at 2/1 with Boylesports while a tie at 14 points apiece is priced at 12/1 with Stan James.

If you believe in momentum and a mythical phenomenon known as an ‘Indian Sign’ then Europe will offer some value. Who can forget the Miracle at Medina where the United States choked on the final day to let Jose Maria Olazabal’s men claim an unlikely victory?

‘Choking’ is another of those factors that is hard to define but for comparison, look at South Africa’s cricket team who have yet to win a major tournament despite fielding strong sides in 24 years of re-admission. If you believe in the ‘choke’ it’s something for the US to overcome and will be hard to ignore.

Head to Head

It hasn’t been such a stellar year for Jordan Spieth but after claiming two majors in 2015, the 23-year-old is a key player for the US and it’s likely that Captain Davis Love III will be looking to field him as much as possible.

Spieth is 5/1 with Stan James to be the top American points scorer in a Ryder Cup odds market where current US Open Champion Dustin Johnson goes off as favourite at 4/1 in the betting with Bet365. Either of those men would seem a logical betting tip but further down the list, there is a man offering some serious value.

Current PGA Champion Jimmy Walker only made his Ryder Cup debut in 2014 at the age of 35 but finished with 2.5 points with just one loss in six matches. Captain Tom Watson described Walker as one of the ‘bright spots’ in a poor US team yet he sits way down in this market at an industry best of 20/1 with Stan James.

The European team can also boast two reigning Majors Champions in Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson, who claimed the Masters and the Open respectively in 2016. For Willett, this was an extreme highlight of an otherwise subdued year and that is reflected in his odds of 12/1 with Bet365 to finish as top European.

Rory McIlroy leads the way here at 7/2 with Paddy Power and Stan James and having won the FedEx Cup at the weekend, the Northern Irishman is in form and it’s hard to see past him. Stenson at 13/2 with William Hill will tempt many who watched his astounding Open triumph while Lee Westwood at 12/1 with Bet365 is the value outsider. Westwood has had a respectable year at the Majors and like many Europeans, seems to save his best golf for the Ryder Cup.

Other Ryder Cup Bets

Europe may have dominated in recent years but the winning margins over the last four tournaments have been relatively close. 16.5 to 11.5 is the biggest victory with the last real demolition coming in 2006 when Europe took the Cup by 18.5 to 9.5.

Bet365 are the only bookie to publish a winning margin market at the time of writing but there are some interesting prices. USA by 1-3 is favourite in this Ryder Cup odds market at 13/5 but an equally narrow victory for Europe is perhaps the standout here at 15/4.

Meanwhile, it will take a brave punter to head into the correct score betting (see odds table above for latest prices) but USA 15-13 leads the way at 9/1 with William Hill but once again, if you reverse that, 15-13 in favour of Europe is an outstanding 14/1 with Bet365.

Ryder Cup Betting Tips’ Preview Conclusion

We use the old cliché about looking stronger on paper but this is definitely one competition where you can ignore the form book.

The pros for the USA are that they are playing at home and they have less rookies in their team – two as opposed to Europe’s six.

However, on the last six occasions they have started as favourites in the Ryder Cup outright winner odds they have failed to win in five of them. Then there is that European dominance – eight wins in the last ten tournaments.

There is just a feeling that this means more to Europe, but this time the US seems intent on revenge. A stronger squad, together with any home advantage, means that this preview’s betting tip for the outright winner market is that the Americans will edge it.

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