Ryder Cup Betting Preview: USA Favored to Lift the Cup Again in 2018

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Tiger Woods is at the top of his game heading into the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in Paris, France. | Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

With Tiger Woods capping off the 2018 PGA Tour season with his first win in over five years at the Tour Championship, all eyes are now on the Ryder Cup.

Both teams have already arrived in Paris, France to prepare for the prestigious three-day event. And as usual, there will be plenty of wagering options during all three days of action.

But before we get into the odds, let’s take a look at the format of the event, compliments of RyderCup.com.

The first two days of competition feature four-ball and foursomes matches. The order is determined by the home captain. The third day consists of 12 singles matches.

In four-balls, each member of a two-man team plays his own ball, so four balls are in play on every hole. Each team counts the lowest of its two scores on each hole, and the team whose player has the lowest score wins the hole. If the low scores are tied, the hole is halved.

In foursomes, each two-man team plays one ball per hole with the players taking turns until each hole is complete. Players alternate hitting tee shots, with one leading off on odd-numbered holes, and the other hitting first on even-numbered holes. The team with the low score on each hole wins that hole. If their scores are tied, the hole is halved.

In singles, each match features one player from each team. The player with the lower score on each hole wins that hole. If their scores are tied, the hole is halved.

Unlike stroke play, players don’t have to complete each hole in match play. If a player concedes a stroke – almost always a putt – to his opponent, the opponent picks up his ball, takes the score he would have made on the next stroke and moves on to the next hole.

Each match is worth one point, with matches ending in a draw worth 1/2 point to each side. The first team to reach 14 ½ points (of the 28 points available) wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 draw, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it. The United States team is the defending champion headed into the 2018 Ryder Cup.

With all of that out of the way, here is a betting preview (odds, prop bets, favorites, etc.) of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag as of September 26, 2018.

Three-Way Result

  • USA (-130)
  • Europe (+120)
  • Tie (+1500)

Odds to Lift the Cup (tie goes to USA)

  • USA (-150)
  • Europe (+120)

Player Props – Points Scored

  • Alex Noren: o/u 1.5
  • Brooks Koepka: o/u 2.5
  • Bryson DeChambeau: o/u 1.5
  • Bubba Watson: o/u 1.5
  • Dustin Johnson: o/u 2.5
  • Francesco Molinari: o/u 1.5
  • Henrik Stenson: o/u 2.5
  • Ian Poulter: o/u 2.5
  • Jon Rahm: o/u 1.5
  • Jordan Spieth: o/u 2.5
  • Justin Rose: o/u 2.5
  • Justin Thomas: o/u 2.5
  • Patrick Reed: o/u 2.5
  • Paul Casey: o/u 1.5
  • Phil Mickelson: o/u 1.5
  • Rickie Fowler: o/u 2.5
  • Rory McIlroy: o/u 2.5
  • Thorbjorn Olesen: o/u 1.5
  • Sergio Garcia: o/u 2.5
  • Tiger Woods: o/u 2.5
  • Tommy Fleetwood: o/u 2.5
  • Tony Finau: o/u 1.5
  • Tyrell Hatton: o/u 1.5
  • Webb Simpson: o/u 1.5

Top Overall Points Scorer

  • Dustin Johnson (+900)
  • Rory McIlroy (+900)
  • Brooks Koepka (+1000)
  • Justin Rose (+1000)
  • Justin Thomas (+1100)
  • Tiger Woods (+1100)
  • Jordan Spieth (+1200)
  • Jon Rahm (+1400)
  • Francesco Molinari (+1600)
  • Ian Poulter (+1600)
  • Patrick Reed (+1600)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (+1600)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1800)
  • Rickie Fowler (+1800)
  • Henrik Stenson (+2000)
  • Sergio Garcia (+2200)
  • Paul Casey (+2500)
  • Alex Noren (+2800)
  • Bubba Watson (+2800)
  • Phil Mickelson (+3300)
  • Tony Finau (+3300)
  • Webb Simpson (+3300)
  • Tyrell Hatton (+5000)
  • Thorbjorn Olesen (+6600)

Top U.S. Points Scorer

  • Dustin Johnson (+500)
  • Brooks Koepka (+600)
  • Justin Thomas (+600)
  • Tiger Woods (+700)
  • Jordan Spieth (+700)
  • Patrick Reed (+700)
  • Rickie Fowler (+900)
  • Bryson DeChambeau (+1100)
  • Tony Finau (+1800)
  • Bubba Watson (+2000)
  • Phil Mickelson (+2000)
  • Webb Simpson (+2000)

Top European Points Scorer

  • Justin Rose (+425)
  • Rory McIlroy (+500)
  • Jon Rahm (+700)
  • Francesco Molinari (+800)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (+800)
  • Henrik Stenson (+1000)
  • Ian Poulter (+1000)
  • Sergio Garcia (+1100)
  • Paul Casey (+1200)
  • Alex Noren (+1400)
  • Tyrell Hatton (+2200)
  • Thorbjorn Olesen (+2500)

Day One Winner

  • USA (+105)
  • Europe (+125)
  • Tie (+500)

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