Ryder Cup Betting Guide (2021) – Odds & Tips

The Ryder Cup is a biennial men's golf competition that takes place on alternating courses in the United States and Europe. In this article, we describe in detail all the most important points about Ryder Cup betting, including odds, tips, predictions and the most popular betting markets worth keeping in mind.  

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Ryder Cup 2021 Odds, Tips & Predictions

The next edition of the Ryder Cup will begin on Friday, 25 September and end on Monday, 28 September 2021, one year later than planned due to the international impact of the global pandemic.

Ryder Cup 2021 Odds

We will provide the latest Ryder Cup Odds and our top tips for this competition closer to the start date.

Ryder Cup 2021 Tips & Predictions

Our 2021 Ryder Cup tips and predictions will be provided closer to the tournament start date.


Popular Ryder Cup Betting Markets

Bookmakers offer a huge range of golf bets and, for the biggest events in golf, of which the Ryder Cup unquestionably is, they will also run plenty of golf betting promotions.

Who Will Lift the Trophy

This is quite simply a bet on which team, the USA or Europe, will win and which captain will lift the famous Ryder Cup trophy on Sunday’s final day. Don’t forget – in the Ryder Cup, the competition can end in a draw.

Correct Score

Just like betting on the result of a football match, you can bet on the final score of the Ryder Cup. By predicting the result as well as the winner you will stretch the odds of the bet above.

Top Scorer

Ryder Cup betting allows you to predict which golfer will finish as the highest earner of points over the three days of the tournament.

Singles, Four-Balls and Foursomes

As per Ryder Cup structure (below), there are rounds of four-balls, foursomes and singles, all of which offer the chance to bet on who the winner or winning pair of each match might be.


Tournament Structure for the Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup takes place over three days starting on a Friday and finishing on a Sunday. It is a match play tournament with a total of 28 matches, each played over 18 holes, and is contested between men’s teams from Europe and the United States. On Friday and Saturday there are four four-ball matches (between two teams of two golfers scoring for themselves) and four foursomes (between two teams of two golfers taking alternate shots). On the final day, there are 12 singles matches where players from both teams compete against each other. The winner or winners of each match earn a point for their team with half a point awarded for any tied round. At the end of the tournament, the team with the most points will be crowned the winner.


History of the Ryder Cup

In order to promote his seed business, Sam Ryder, a successful British seed salesman, created the concept of an international match between the United Kingdom and the United States. As a by-product of the tournament, it was also hoped that more American players would be encouraged to play in the Open Championship and, likewise, more British professionals to compete in the US Open.

The first Ryder Cup was intended for Wentworth Golf Club in 1926, but a strike meant that many of the US team could not attend, and a team of replacement players from British Commonwealth countries took part instead. Nevertheless, the first seeds of the Ryder’s tournament were sown, and a year later the first US vs UK event took place as planned in Worcester, Massachusetts, with the American team winning the inaugural tournament. By 1979, with the American side having won 15 of the previous 16 Ryder Cups, Jack Nicklaus proposed that the British team was expanded to include players from wider Europe to restore some competition to proceedings. The move worked, and the Ryder Cup became far more competitive as a result. Today, it’s the most eagerly anticipated events in golf. 

Past Winners of the Ryder Cup

YearWinnersScoreHost Nation
2018Europe17 ½ – 10½France
2016United States17 - 11United States
2014Europe16 ½ - 11 ½Scotland
2012Europe14 ½ 13 ½ United States
2010Europe14 ½ 13 ½Wales
2008United States16 ½ - 11 ½United States
2006Europe18 ½ - 9 ½ Ireland
2004Europe18 ½ - 9 ½ United States
2002Europe15 ½ - 12 ½ England
1999United States14 ½ 13 ½United States
1997Europe14 ½ 13 ½Spain
1995Europe14 ½ 13 ½United States

Ryder Cup Key Stats

  • America’s Phil Mickelson has made more appearances in the Ryder Cup than any other golfer with 12.
  • The highest scorer in Ryder Cup history is Spain’s Sergio García, who has banked a total of 25 ½ points for Europe.
  • García also became the youngest ever player in the competition’s history in 1999 when he played for Europe in the famous Battle of Brookline at the age of 19 years, 258 days.
  • At 51 years, 20 days in 1993, USA’s Raymond Floyd is the oldest Ryder Cup player of all time.


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Ryder Cup Betting FAQs

🥇 How many points are needed to win the Ryder Cup?

Since 1979, the number of points needed to win The Ryder Cup is 14½ from the 28 available.

❓ Can you tie the Ryder Cup?

Yes, the Ryder Cup can be tied in which case the defending champions retain the trophy.

✅ How many players in each team are there?

There are 12 players on each team.

🏆 How does play work at the Ryder Cup?

The Ryder Cup tournament takes place over three days, starting on a Friday and ending on Sunday. There are four four-ball matches (between two teams of two golfers scoring for themselves) and four foursomes (between two teams of two golfers taking alternate shots) on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday - the final day - there are 12 singles matches where players from both teams compete against each other. The winner or winners of each match win a point for their team; any tied rounds are awarded half a point.

❌ Can I bet on missing the cut?

No. This is not a singles stroke play event, but a team’s match play competition.


ThePuntersPage Final Say

The Ryder Cup pits the best players from Europe against the best golfers the USA has to offer. Every two years, these players compete on alternate sides of the Atlantic to see who can win the Ryder Cup, a tournament that has been going for close to 100 years. Like the less prestigious Presidents Cup, in which the USA takes on a team of internationals made up from non-European and non-American players, the Ryder Cup is a team competition and by far the biggest event in golf, with punters everywhere looking forward to taking part in some Ryder Cup betting.