Place a bet on Ryder Cup
If you thought Ryder Cup betting was limited to placing a bet on a team to win or if there will be a draw then it’s time for you to take a close look at the wide variety of choices available online.
Ryder Cup betting offers you markets on every single match that takes place as part of the contest as well as markets on the individual performances of the twenty four players that comprise the European and American teams. It is far more fun than betting on the potential outcomes of a two horse race.
Who will be the top scorer of points for their team? What will be the winning margin? Will there be a hole in one? And that is just the beginning. There are always special Ryder Cup bets available that really do span from the sublime to the rather ridiculous. Overall, this means interesting odds and alluring markets for all types of punters. Bookmakers offer good incentives to encourage you to place a Ryder Cup bet with them too.
About the Ryder Cup
Every two years the Professional Golf Association (PGA) of America and the PGA European Tour get together to bring us the Ryder Cup. It is an extraordinary competition – the only one in professional golf in which players turn out not in pursuit of prize money (there isn’t any) but for the joy of winning for their country or continent.
It was an exhibition match that took place in 1926 at Wentworth in Surrey between a team of American professionals and the best golfing talent that the British PGA could muster that provided the inspiration for the competition.
The venue for this clash of golfing nations alternates between the best courses in America and the finest in Europe – although ‘Europe’ usually means the UK. Since the first Ryder Cup was contested in 1927 at Worcester Country Club, Massachusetts, the only times the competition has been held outside the UK during European hosted years were in 1997 when Valderrama Golf Course in Andalusia, Spain provided the venue and in 2006 when The K Club – Palmer Course in County Kildare, Ireland was used.
Correctly calculating the extent of the home advantage is one of the key elements of success in Ryder Cup golf betting. Like certain UK premier league football teams, the US Ryder Cup squads are particularly well known for playing their best golf when performing at home. Whether it is the uplifting effect of a home crowd or the absence of the atrocities regularly committed by the UK climate is a subject of perennial dispute. Whatever the reason, history suggests that the Europeans generally travel better than the Americans.
The format of the Ryder Cup has undergone numerous changes over the years for reasons best known only to the organisers. It started out as a two day competition with four foursomes playing 36 hole matches on the opening day and eight singles matches of the same duration on the second. A total of 12 points were consequently on offer at the time. The team that has accumulated the most points by the end of the competition is awarded the Ryder Cup. In 1961 all matches were contested over only 18 holes but there were twice as many of them resulting in a total point score of 24.
Perhaps it was the lucrative television coverage rights that led to the competition being expanded to three days in 1963. There were also yet more changes to the structure resulting in a total tally of 32 points.
In 1979 there were extremely significant alterations to the Ryder Cup rules that made Ryder Cup betting much more interesting. Since the competition was resumed after the end of the Second World War, the US had gained such a dominant position in the world golf rankings that Britain could no longer compete with them.
In the first post war Ryder Cup at Portland Golf Club, Oregon in 1947, the US team comprehensively thrashed the British, winning by 11 points to one. Whilst that humiliating defeat was the worst ever, a pattern of US victories was thoroughly established. Between 1947 and 1979 team Great Britain managed only one outright victory at Lindrick Golf Club in Yorkshire in 1957 and a tie when playing at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport in 1969.
Ireland were invited to join the British team from 1973 but still the US squads triumphed. To say that Great Britain and Ireland were consistently the underdogs in the Ryder Cup betting was an understatement. They were no hopers. Something had to be done.
In 1979 the decision was taken to expand the catchment area for the team to include the whole of Europe in the hope of making the Ryder Cup a more evenly balanced competition. The effect was not instantly felt as the US managed to beat the new ‘European’ team by a margin of six points in 1979 and nine points in 1981.
It was 1983 before the Ryder Cup once more became a nail bitingly close run thing. The US team triumphed by just one point. In 1985, at the Belfry in Warwickshire, Europe won under the captaincy of Tony Jacklin. It was the first non US outright victory since 1957.
Having a bet on the outright victor has been an interesting proposition ever since but do not expect large outright win odds now that the teams appear relatively evenly matched. For those of you that would like to benefit from larger prices, there are Ryder Cup betting markets aplenty available which offer them.