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Ryder Cup 2021 Betting Picks, Top Scorer Props & More

Ryder Cup 2021 Betting Picks, Top  Scorer Props & More
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The 2021 Ryder Cup has included even more of the usual amount of hype, controversy and pontificating leading up to the biennial showdown between Team USA and Team Europe. We really don’t care about any of that when it comes to golf betting.

The narratives will ultimately be defined by whatever happens on the course at Whistling Straights from Sept. 24-26. All the concern over Brooks Koepka’s quotes and Bryson DeChambeau’s feelings and captain Steve Stricker’s phone calls doesn’t seem too relevant at the sportsbooks and betting sites, where the Americans are a -200 favorite to win the cup in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Team USA snapped its streak of three losses in a row with a thrilling 2016 win in Minnesota, but Europe bounced back with a 17½-10½ blowout win at Le Golf National outside Paris in 2018.

Overall, Europe has won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups and could send Team USA into a soul-searching tailspin with another upset victory this week at Whistling Straits. Let's dive into the latest golf odds.

Intriguing 2021 Ryder Cup Prop Bets

Ian Poulter, Top Captains Pick Scorer ( +800, DraftKings ): You never know if the next Ryder Cup will be Poulter’s last, but he’s still going strong at age 45. The match play assassin has an overall record of 14-6-2 in this event, including a perfect 5-0-1 in singles matches.

Other than Jordan Spieth (+350) and Sergio Garcia (+650), the captain's picks on both sides are relatively green. Poulter as the top point-scorer of the bunch is worth a look at +800 odds.

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Daniel Berger, Top American Rookie ( +600, FOX Bet ): There’s a lot to like about Berger heading into Whistling Straits. The game has been on point for the past two years, steady and consistent through the COVID-19 hiatus and jam-packed major calendar. He makes a ton of birdies and he’s one of the most well-liked guys on Tour, so you can pair him with pretty much anyone.

Berger has team experience from the 2017 Presidents Cup, where he went 2-1 and earned the winning point, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him thrive in his Ryder Cup debut.

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Ryder Cup to End in a Tie ( +1100, FanDuel ): This would be a disastrous result for the Americans, as Europe would retain the Cup in the event of a tie. It’s also not entirely out of the question. The event hasn’t ended that way since 1989, when Europe retained with a 14-14 draw at The Belfry.

However, two of the last five matches have been decided by one point, and the Europeans always seem to exceed expectations these days.

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Patrick Cantlay, Top Points Scorer ( +1200 at BetMGM ): The $15 million man seems like he’s really gotten comfortable in his own skin lately. He’s suddenly giving profound answers in interviews and handling all the attention from the FedEx Cup and Player of the Year honors incredibly well.

All that attention is there because he’s playing his tail off and winning, but this is the first time in his career where he seems ready for everything that comes with it off the course. Cantlay went 3-1 at the 2019 Presidents Cup and has a complete set of skills that translate to any format or course. He seems totally at peace and clear-headed, ready to take another huge career leap this week in Wisconsin.

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2021 Ryder Cup Winning Team Pick

We really aren’t concerned about team chemistry or any of the noise on the American side for Ryder Cup odds . It’s easy to look back at Patrick Reed’s post-2018 Ryder Cup comments – in which he basically trashed captain Jim Furyk’s decision-making and threw teammates under the bus – and point to chemistry issues as the biggest problem in France. We view it as a frustrated player letting off steam after a big loss and nothing more.

The Americans got smoked in Europe because the course was set up in a way they hardly ever see stateside, with tiny fairways, heavy trouble off the tee and greens rolling at a modest speed. Now Team USA gets to return the favor at a lengthy course which should suit this bomb-and-gouge crew perfectly.

We expect a similar setup to the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine, with generous landing areas off the tee and speedy greens. Koepka, DeChambeau, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Tony Finau can swing for the fences, and they have some great iron players to pair with in guys like Cantlay, Collin Morikawa, Harris English, etc.

Team Europe will put up a great three-day fight, but the course and setup advantages are just too big to ignore.

The Pick: Team USA -200 (DraftKings)

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About the Author

Dan Kilbridge for Bookies.com
Dan Kilbridge
Handicapper Dan Kilbridge writes about college football, MLB and other sports for Bookies.com after spending three years covering Tiger Woods’ comeback and the PGA for Golfweek.