2016 Ryder Cup Winning Predictions

Posted by Peter Boysen on September 27, 2016 in

There was a time when the American golfers dominated the Ryder Cup. Indeed, the first Ryder Cup, back in 1927, saw the United States win, 9 1/2 – 2 1/2 at Worcester Country Club in Massachusetts. The British would win in 1929 and 1933 but then would lose every Ryder Cup every time except once (1957) until 1973, when Irish golfers joined the fray to form Team Europe. In the mid-1980s, the Europeans began to make the series more competitive, and ever since the turn of the century, online sports betting enthusiasts who follow golf know that the Europeans own the series just like the Americans once did.

Here’s A Closer Look At The 2016 Ryder Cup Winning Predictions



How does the tournament work?

Each side brings 12 players, and they play 28 matches over three days. Winning a match gives a side a point, and to win the trophy, a side must take 14 1/2 points. If the two sides each pick up 14 points, then the trophy stays with the prior winners. On Friday morning, four pairs from each side compete in foursomes match play, also known as “alternate shot.” One player in each pair tees off, and then the other player hits the second shot. Both players alternate until the ball is in the hole. Players alternate taking tee shots as well.

On Friday afternoon, four pairs from each side face off in the initial fourballs session. In this session, each player plays his own ball throughout the entire hole, and the player who finishes the hole in the lowest number of shots takes the point. Saturday follows the same format as Friday, and on Sunday come 12 singles matches. This year, the tournament takes place at Hazeltine National Golf Club at Ohaska, Minnesota.

Why should you bet on the United States (8/13)?

The names on the European roster contain a number of different question marks. Chris Woods, Danny Willett, Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Matthew Fitzpatrick have all developed decent reputations as golfers, but they do not have the reputation that the American side has. There are six rookies to the Ryder Cup from the European side but just one on the American side. The dozen golfers on the American side have combined to win a lot more titles than the twelve Europeans. So if you look at the players on their individual merits, the Americans should win.

Why should you bet on Team Europe (2/1)?

The Americans have come into this tournament with a roster that has the better look on paper, only to see the Europeans win. The Americans have all the pressure, while the Europeans have the locker-room material, such as U.S. captain Davis Love III already came out and said that this would be the best American team ever. Just as important as talent in golf is the mental aspect of the game, which the Americans have flubbed in many prior editions of this tournament. The Europeans tend to come out more relaxed and take matches in which they sat as the underdog.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like the talent that the Americans have assembled, but until they find a way to win a team event, I can’t predict a U.S. win. I pick the Europeans to win, 14 1/2 to 13 1/2.