Sep 21, 2016
Sep 21, 2016

2016 Ryder Cup betting preview

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2016 Ryder Cup betting preview
On September 30, the USA will take on Europe at Hazeltine National Golf Club in golf’s greatest team competition. The hosts might be favourites in the 2016 Ryder Cup betting, but can they overcome a poor run of form? Read on to find out more.

Team USA are currently priced at 1.564* in Pinnacle’s Ryder Cup winner odds, with the holders Europe available at 3.120*. Between September 30 and October 2, twenty-eight matches will be played by some of the world’s top golfers. We’ve analysed numerous factors to keep in mind before placing your bets on the winner of 2016 Ryder Cup.

Having won only two of the last ten Ryder Cups (2008 and 1999), a task force has been assembled to combat the USA’s recent demise. Although they have an overall lead of 25-12 (2 draws) since the competition began, after the Great Britain and Ireland team expanded to include players from continental Europe in 1979, the USA are currently on the wrong end of a 7-9 record.

However, despite this poor head-to-head record, the confidence amongst team USA appears to be shared by bettors in 2016 Ryder Cup betting. In this article we look at the five key reasons that could potentially give the Americans the edge.

Home field advantage

Many bettors appreciate the impact HFA (home field advantage) can have on sports such as soccer and football, but it is also worth thinking about it when analysing the Ryder Cup winner odds. The fact that the course can be altered, in terms of design, to suit the home team is a considerable advantage that cannot be overlooked.

This year, the famous biennial competition takes place at Hazeltine in Chaska, Minnesota. The two sets of fans notoriously differ in how they show their support on the golf course and come September 30, it will most likely be the raucous and noisy Americans that outweigh the reserved Europeans.

The course

In addition to the course design changing to aid the American players, it could be said that the style of the course will also play to their strengths as well.

Hazeltine is far removed from the links golf courses that have caused the USA problems in the past. The long (7,678 yards in total) course with narrow fairways, small greens and numerous water hazards will suit players who can hit the ball a long way.

Dustin Johnson (314.2) and J.B. Holmes' (313.3) average drive distance in yards from this year is far superior compared to any of the European players (Rory McIlroy the closest on 306.2). This is another slight advantage for the USA that is reflected in their team’s shorter odds in Pinnacle’s 2016 Ryder Cup betting.


In such a high-pressure environment, golf analysts and commentators alike believe previous Ryder Cup experience is invaluable. While the two teams have the same number of appearances between them (26), the fact that Europe’s captain, Darren Clarke, has picked six debutants in his team is why their Ryder Cup winner odds might be higher than expected.

Is the Ryder Cup a putting competition?

Although every shot counts in the game of golf, in the Ryder Cup in particular, matches are won and lost on the putting green. A close look at the putts per round averages this year for each team highlights another statistic that favours the Americans.

Having won only two of the last ten Ryder Cups (2008 and 1999), a task force has been assembled to combat the USA’s recent demise.

Team USA have the best player in terms of fewest putts per round for the year in Jordan Spieth (27.98) with Europe’s best a fair way behind (Lee Westwood with 29.1). In terms of their team average, team USA are over one putt better off with 28.6 compared to Europe’s 29.98. Perhaps there is still value in the USA’s short Ryder Cup winner odds? 

Conversely, many argue that shots gained tee-to-green is a much more valuable statistic. The two teams are relatively closely matched in this respect with Rory McIlroy (1.813), Dustin Johnson (1.706), Bubba Watson (1.413) and Justin Rose (1.325) making up four of the top six in the world.

The importance of the 18th hole

In the match play format used in the Ryder Cup, the 18th hole isn’t always needed to decide the result of a match. However, since the 1979 Ryder Cup at The Greenbrier, 39.1% of all matches have reached the 18th hole.

This is where all the previous factors mentioned; experience, a solid putting game, how the course is designed and being spurred on by the home crowd as you reach the last green could be even more influential.

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