The Ryder Cup comes around every two years and is a very special golf event loved by fans from all over the world. This team competition puts together two teams, Europe and America, and these two battle it out over a three-day competition to see who takes him the prestigious title of being the Ryder Cup champions.
This year the competition will be hosted by Europe, with Le Golf National in Paris, France the course chosen to host. Despite being in France, golf fans from all over Europe will head over to cheer on their stars in the hope that Europe can claim back their crown after the American victory in 2016.
When competitions like the Ryder Cup come around, you realise that team golf is something very special, and a change from the nature of standard golf. This tournament is a chance for those involved to be a part of something special and play alongside other players in an attempt to bring home the trophy. If you’ve never watched the Ryder Cup before, be sure to tune in over the weekend, you don’t know what you’re missing.
The format of the Ryder Cup is obviously very different to a standard golf tournament so here is a rundown of what will happen over the three days of competition, and what to look out for.
Friday and Saturday
Eight games take place on each of the first two days, and they both have the same schedule. To kick things off in the morning we have the fourballs, with four games heading out onto the course. Fourball golf is played in pairs and as the name suggests, each player has their own ball which they play every shot with. The best ball counts for each individual hole, with the other one, disregarded for scoring purposes. In the afternoon it is the turn of the foursomes, with four games again taking to the course. This is alternate shot, so while two players play together in a par, they only have one ball and alternate the shots played. Having a good rapport and understanding with your playing partner is key in foursomes golf, so look out for those who are successful on Friday being put back together again on Saturday. In total, 16 points are up for grabs on the opening two days, eight on day one and eight on day two and these are evenly split between fourballs and foursomes.
Things change on Sunday, and it is all about the individual. Every player will play on Sunday, whereas that isn’t always the case over the first two days. On Sunday there will be 12 single games, each one is worth one point, meaning that 12 points are up for grabs. Captains choose the order that their players will go out in, and this order will then determine who plays against who as the pairings are revealed.
Here is a look at the two teams that are taking part in the Ryder Cup this weekend.
Team Europe (Hosts)
Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
Team USA (Holders)
Bryson Dechambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
Looking at both teams, they each have plenty of experience in them, but the American team certainly has more. The chances of Team Europe look sure to rest on the shoulders of Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, who are expected to play a lot of golf over the weekend, and you can expect to see them play in three out of the four rounds on Friday and Saturday. Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson have been there and done it many times before, so they can be of great assistance both when they are playing, and when they are supporting the others in the team.
This American team looks to be stacked and with Tiger Woods winning last weekend to get his groove back, they look dangerous. With players like Woods and Mickelson around this team, they have a lot of experience, but plenty of this team have been involved in big situations before, whether that be on a personal level or previous Ryder Cup competitions. Some of the best players in the world are involved in this team, and it is no surprise to see them line up as favourites. They appear to have more depth in their team that Europe, which should give them an advantage over the three days.
Keys to Victory for Europe
Team Europe are going to rely on their big guns very heavily, and they simply have to deliver. Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm have to lead this team to victory when they play over Friday and Saturday, these three need to lead from the front and drag their team on their backs.
The other key for Europe is the experience they have playing in Europe on courses like this one. Players like Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Tommy Fleetwood and Tyrrell Hatton have lived on course like this for the past few years. They may lack in talent compared to those they are playing against, but they have vital experience and must use it.
Keys to Victory for the USA
Team USA have a lot more depth than Team Europe and it is key that they use that to take advantage of any tiredness from the European big guns. They are going to be forced to play players like Rory Mcilroy three times over the first few days, whereas Team USA have the depth to keep players fresh over the first two days.
When you compare the players on paper, Team USA are better, stronger and have more depth. They come here as defending champions and they should play like that. They have to have the confidence that they can come to Europe and win the Ryder Cup, they certainly have the team to do it, but they need to believe it.
Ryder Cup Betting Odds
Europe are priced up at 5/4 to lift the Ryder Cup, while USA are 4/7. Should we have a tie then that will go in the favour of USA as they are the defending champions and they will retain the trophy. Elsewhere there are many other ways to bet on the tournament, including bets on which players will perform the best.
Justin Rose is priced up at 4/1 to be the top European player of the weekend, with Rory McIlroy at 9/2 behind him and Jon Rahm at 7/1. These three are vitally important for the team and if Europe are to win this weekend, one of these three will probably be their top player.
The betting for the top USA player is far more open, showing the depth they have in their team. Dustin Johnson is the 5/1 favourite, with Brooks Koepka at 6/1 alongside Justin Thomas. Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed are all priced up at 7/1 to take the crown, while the remainder are in double figures.
The winning margin is another betting market to look at and the favourite here is for a USA win by 1-3 points, which is priced up at 3/1. Europe to win by 1-3 points can be backed at 10/3, while if you think a USA victory will be bigger than that you can back USA to win by 4-6 points at 7/2.
Ryder Cup Betting Offers
William Hill – Bet £10 on Top Overall Scorer and Get a Free £5 Bet When They Win a Match
If you are looking at getting involved with the top overall scorer this weekend then William Hill is certainly the place to put your bet on. If you back your player to a stake of £10 or more then you will receive a free £5 bet every time they win a game over the weekend, so you could be in line to pick up a few free bets if they perform well.
Coral – Bet £10 pre-tournament for a Free £5 In-Play Bet
If you are looking to place bets both before and during the tournament then this offer from Coral should interest you. If you place a £10 bet before the tournament begins on Friday then you will receive a free £5 in-play bet from Coral to use at any point over the weekend while you are watching the action unfold in France.
888Sport – Bet £25 get a Free £5 Bet Every Day of the Ryder Cup
If you are looking to place a lot of Ryder Cup bets each day then you will be able to take advantage of this great offer from 888Sport. They are offering regular players a free £5 bet every day of the competition if you place £25 in bets on the Ryder Cup that day. This means if you are betting every day you could end up with £15 worth of free bets to use.