Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup is a men’s golf event between teams from the United States and Europe. The event takes place every two years with the venue alternating between courses in the US and Europe. The 2022 Ryder Cup will be held at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Italy.

NBC Sports presents comprehensive live coverage of the 44th Ryder Cup across NBC, GOLF Channel, Peacock, and RyderCup.com, beginning September 30 through October 2.

The Ryder Cup was first contested in 1927, and the Americans hold a 27-14-2 record in the prestigious competition.

Ryder Cup odds

Ryder Cup odds for the 2022 event will be posted soon at top US sportsbooks.

Ryder Cup teams and players

Team USA

The US Team is made up from the top six players in the points rankings with six captain’s picks.

  • Collin Morikawa
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Justin Thomas
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Tony Finau (CP)
  • Xander Schauffele (CP)
  • Jordan Spieth (CP)
  • Harris English (CP)
  • Daniel Berger (CP)
  • Scottie Scheffler (CP)
Team USA Captain is Steve Stricker and the following others are vice captains.
  • Fred Couples
  • Jim Furyk
  • Zach Johnson
  • Davis Love III
  • Phil Mickelson

The average age of Team USA is 29.08, with only Dustin Johnson over 32 years old. Team USA has 9 of the top 11 players in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR), and none below 21.

European Team

The European Team is comprised of the first four players from the European Points List, followed by the leading five players from the World Points List (WP) and completed by three wild cards (WC).
  • Jon Rahm
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Tyrrell Hatton
  • Bernd Wiesberger
  • Rory McIlroy (WP)
  • Viktor Hovland (WP)
  • Paul Casey (WP)
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick (WP)
  • Lee Westwood (WP)
  • Ian Poulter (WC)
  • Sergio Garcia (WC)
  • Shane Lowry (WC)

European Team Captain is Padraig Harrington and others are vice captains.

  • Robert Karlsson
  • Luke Donald
  • Martin Kaymer
  • Graeme McDowell
  • Henrik Stenson

The European team’s average age is 34.58 with six players above and below age 34. Jon Rahm is the only golfer in the top 12 of the OWGR, and the European team has six golfers ranked between 34-61 in the world.

Ryder Cup Format

Each of the first two days includes one four-match session of fourball and one four-match session of foursomes. The final day is reserved for 12 singles matches.

Four-Ball

Four-ball consists of each member of a two-man team playing their own ball. Four balls are in play each hole. The lowest of each teams two scores on each hole is counted. The team whose player has the lowest score wins the hole, and if the low scores are tied, then the hole is halved.

Foursomes

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

Singles

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, then the hole is halved. The captains determine before any of the matches start where each player will be slotted 1 through 12.

Ryder Cup Scoring

The three days of matches consist of 28 total matches, and each match is worth one point. There are no extra holes in Ryder Cup matches. Should the two sides be tied after 18 holes, then the match is a draw and each side earns a halve (½ point). The first team to reach 14 ½ points wins the Ryder Cup. If the matches end in a 14-14 draw, the team holding the Ryder Cup retains it (Europe won in 2018).

Course tournament and info

Whistling Straits is a links style golf course that will play as a par 71 at 7,390 yards for the Ryder Cup.

  • Course: Whistling Straits Golf Course
  • Location: Mosel, Wisconsin
  • Par: 71 / Yardage 7,390
  • Date: Sept. 24-26, 2021
  • Architect: Pete Dye

The 23-year-old links course was built along the shore of Lake Michigan. Hole No. 11 will play as a par 4 for the event instead of a par 5.

Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America’s Chief Championships Officer, notes that Up until the weekend before the Ryder Cup event, the home captain can determine such things as the height of the rough, speed of the greens, the width of the fairways, and if he wants to make any architectural changes.” 

Course set-up details including hole locations are determined the week of the event, and fall to a committee of representatives from both the PGA of America and Ryder Cup Europe.

Whistling Straits will have fast greens and firm fairways, according to Chris Zugel, the director of agronomy for Golf Kohler. The setup is expected to be similar to the 2015 PGA Championship held at Whistling Straits, although the rough is not expected to be as penal or severe on the links style course. While there is no overall prevailing wind at Whistling Straits, holes 5-8 and 10-13 could play either into the wind or straight down wind if the breezes are out of the southwest and northeast.

How to bet on the Ryder Cup

Leading sportsbooks at TheLines will be posting odds each day to bet on during the Ryder Cup. Starting with the four foursome (alternate shot) matches and four fourball (better ball) matches on Friday and ending with the 12 singles matches on Sunday. BetMGM will also have live betting to exact final scores and lowest hole scores for golf bettors and enthusiasts.

Recent Ryder Cup winners and pre-tournament odds

  • In the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA was -175 and Europe +190 with a tie +1300. USA won the Ryder Cup 17-11.
  • In the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National in France, USA was -170 and Europe +170 with a tie +1200. Europe won the Ryder Cup 17.5 to 10.5.