Ryder Cup Odds: Underdog Americans Worth A Wager

The USA is a significant underdog to win the 2014 Ryder Cup, offered at +165 odds at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. The European side is the -185 favorite. While the Ryder Cup isn’t the most popular betting event, it’s one a diligent gambler should consider.

“There are money-making opportunities in the 2014 Ryder Cup,” proclaims Brian Blessing, The Linemakers on Sporting News’ golf handicapper.

To that end, we’re looking for some prices.

“You can’t hit a homerun if you don’t swing the bat,” Blessing says. “I think the U.S. is going to win this thing.”

On paper, Europe looks to be the far more talented side, trotting out the likes of Rory McIlroy, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson. But, according to Blessing, all the pressure is on the hosts and defending current Ryder Cup holders.  Also, USA captain Tom Watson is “the x-factor.  Revered in Scotland, I think this younger American team will rally around Tom Watson. The last time Tom Watson was the captain across the pond (1993), he got the job done.”


Blessing mentions Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson as Americans who can do some damage this weekend, but “the real key to this is going to be Rickie Fowler. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Tom Watson, when all is said and done, put him head-to-head with Rory McIlroy. He was there in all the majors and in match-play format, Fowler was terrific across the pond the last time they were there.”

So at +165 odds, the recommendation here is to throw a few dollars down on the good ole USA.

How they’re betting in Vegas

Our sentiment is against that of most bettors in Vegas (not necessarily a bad thing). When it comes to making a profit, it seems, gamblers tend to put aside their patriotism.

“We’ve had more support on the Europeans,” SuperBook oddsmaker Jeff Sherman told The Linemakers this week. “I’m sure they’re just betting them because they’ve had such a strong record in this event, especially on home soil – they haven’t lost (at home) since ’93. …

“People just bet where they think they can win at, and that’s what they’re doing here. They just see Europe being a favorite, and they’re supporting them like they are one.”

More betting tips

Blessing isn’t interested in McIlroy, offered at 7-to-2 to be the top European points scorer and 6-to-1 to be the top combined points scorer: “Can’t do it, so much pressure on McIlroy.”

Blessing thinks Fowler presents some value: “I’d be looking at him to maybe be the leading point getter for the Americans.”

And Victor Dubuisson, at 30-to-1 to the be the top combined points scorer, is “not the craziest play in the world.”

How about a player to fade? Stephen Gallacher, says Blessing. “I love this guy, I think he’s going to win a major down the line, but his current form is no good. You may want to look to fade him in matchups. “

The event tees off Friday morning at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, Scotland (2:35 a.m. ET, Golf Channel). Here are the pre-tournament betting options offered the SuperBook.

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2014 Ryder Cup odds (Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook)
Gleneagles Hotel – Perthshire, Scotland
September 26 – 28, 2014

ODDS to Win (2-way):
USA (-.5) +180
Europe (+.5) -210

ODDS (2-way/Tie no bet): 
USA +165
Europe PK -185

ODDS to Win (2-way): 
USA (+.5) +145
Europe (-.5) -165

ODDS to Win (3-way): 
USA +180
Europe -165
Tie +1200


Top American Points Scorer 
Rickie Fowler 5/1
Phil Mickelson 6/1
Matt Kuchar 8/1
Jim Furyk 7/1
Keegan Bradley 8/1
Bubba Watson 8/1
Jordan Spieth 10/1
Hunter Mahan 12/1
Webb Simpson 12/1
Zach Johnson 15/1
Jimmy Walker 15/1
Patrick Reed 20/1

Top European Points Scorer 
Rory McIlroy 7/2
Sergio Garcia 6/1
Justin Rose 6/1
Ian Poulter 7/1
Henrik Stenson 8/1
Graeme McDowell 10/1
Martin Kaymer 10/1
Lee Westwood 12/1
Victor Dubuisson 20/1
Jamie Donaldson 20/1
Thomas Bjorn 20/1
Stephen Gallacher 25/1

Top Combined Points Scorer
Rory McIlroy 6/1
Sergio Garcia 10/1
Justin Rose 12/1
Rickie Fowler 12/1
Phil Mickelson 12/1
Ian Poulter 12/1
Matt Kuchar 15/1
Jim Furyk 15/1
Henrik Stenson 15/1
Graeme McDowell 15/1
Martin Kaymer 15/1
Keegan Bradley 15/1
Bubba Watson 15/1
Jordan Spieth 20/1
Lee Westwood 20/1
Hunter Mahan 25/1
Webb Simpson 30/1
Zach Johnson 30/1
Victor Dubuisson 30/1
Jamie Donaldson 30/1
Thomas Bjorn 30/1
Jimmy Walker 30/1
Patrick Reed 50/1
Stephen Gallacher 50/1

Correct Score 
USA 20 – Europe 8 200/1
USA 19.5 – Europe 8.5 150/1
USA 19 – Europe 9 125/1
USA 18.5 – Europe 9.5 100/1
USA 18 – Europe 10 60/1
USA 17.5 – Europe 10.5 40/1
USA 17 – Europe 11 30/1
USA 16.5 – Europe 11.5 20/1
USA 16 – Europe 12 15/1
USA 15.5 – Europe 12.5 12/1
USA 15 – Europe 13 10/1
USA 14.5 – Europe 13.5 10/1
Tie 14-14 12/1
Europe 20 – USA 8 80/1
Europe 19.5 – USA 8.5 50/1
Europe 19 – USA 9 40/1
Europe 18.5 – USA 9.5 30/1
Europe 18 – USA 10 25/1
Europe 17.5 – USA 10.5 20/1
Europe 17 – USA 11 15/1
Europe 16.5 – USA 11.5 12/1
Europe 16 – USA 12 10/1
Europe 15.5 – USA 12.5 8/1
Europe 15 – USA 13 8/1
Europe 14.5 – USA 13.5 8/1
Any Other Score 40/1

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