Ryder Cup Preview & Predictions

The pre-eminent team event in golf is back this week with the belated return of the Ryder Cup 2020 edition where the USA team lead by captain Steve Stricker are strongly fancied to win back the Trophy. An awful lot has happened in the golfing world since Europe hammered America in the 42nd Ryder Cup played at the Le Golf National course in Paris in 2018.  The score then was an overwhelming 17.5 to 10.5 win for Europe with Italy’s Francesco Molinari the leading man for Europe with an amazing 5 points won from his five contests. 

Molinari is one of five players from the European 2018 team who have not made selection with the most recognised other player missing this time round being Justin Rose. So seven of the 2018 team remain but Rory McIlroy once ranked World No.1 is now ranked 15 but Spain’s Jon Rahm is now the undoubted top-ranked player in the world. 

The problem for Europe is that many of their players are going through a fairly average period of form with Fleetwood, Hatton, Fitzpatrick and others all struggling by their own high standards in recent weeks. 

With the USA having the advantage of home soil and a large partisan crowd as well as the vast majority of the in-form players it is no surprise that bookies make them general ½ favourites with the European team generally available at odds of around 2/1 with Betfred offering the standout odds of 9/4 of the mainstream bookmakers

The USA should win back the Ryder Cup comfortably but there is little value in supporting them at such cramped odds. Golf punters will be more interested in some of the other markets, particularly which player will win most points. Jon Rahm is the clear favourite in the Top Combined Points Scorer market and rightly so as he can expect to play in all of the 5 sessions and will have the opportunity to score 5 points. Many other players will not play in all 5 sessions and therefore will be handicapped somewhat by this. 

At best odds of 15/2 currently with BetVictor who offer each-way terms of ¼ odds for 4 places, Rahm is the standout bet. The Spaniard has been in superb form all year and is a great competitor in matchplay tournaments. Expect Rahm to lead the way for Europe although a USA team victory is surely on the cards.       

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