Team USA Favorites To Win 2021 Ryder Cup

Written By Chris Smith on September 23, 2021

One of the more elite and popular golf events every year tees back off this week. The 2021 Ryder Cup will be back in the US starting on Sept. 24 and running through Sept. 26.

The event will be taking place at Whistling Straits Golf Course, in Sheboygan, WI. With Illinois sports betting in full swing, the 2021 Ryder Cup will be a popular event for IL gamblers.

The last time Team USA won the Ryder Cup was in 2016 and that year, the event was at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. This was also the last time the Ryder Cup was held in the US. Does that mean the United States will hold an advantage?

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Let’s find out by taking a look at the golf odds for the major sportsbooks in Illinois.  

Current 2021 Ryder Cup odds at Illinois sportsbooks

Here are the odds for finishing position at all six sportsbooks in Illinois as of Thursday afternoon:

 BetRiversBarstoolCaesars at William HillDraftKingsFanDuelPointsBet
USA-200-200-200-215-210-190
Europe+220+220+200+240+240+190
Tie+1200+1200+1200+1200+1100+1200

DraftKings Illinois currently has the United States as the favorite at -215 to raise the trophy, while Europe is the underdog at +240

DraftKings odds for a tie at +1200. The tie is always possible, as the winning team must be able to collect 14.5 points amongst their team to be considered the winner on the final day of the Ryder Cup. 

FanDuel Illinois Sportsbook lists odds for the United States to win are -190, while Europe is at a +220 underdog. 

BetRivers IL and Barstool are similar, having set the odds for the United States at -200, with Europe’s odds are at +220 to hoist the trophy.  

Ryder Cup: Layout and format

Most golf fans are used to the usual layout when it comes to deciding who is participating and representing their country. However, with the Ryder Cup having been delayed over the past year due to the pandemic, the layout has since changed

The layout still consists of 12 players, but this year the captain got to choose six players, while the first six players automatically earned a spot if they were the top six players from the Ryder Cup points list. 

Let’s take a look and see who is competing in 2021:

Team USA

  • Daniel Berger
  • Patrick Cantlay
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Harris English
  • Tony Finau
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Colin Morikawa
  • Xander Schauffele
  • Scottie Scheffler
  • Jordan Speith
  • Justin Thomas

Team USA is led by Captain Steve Stricker, while having five vice captain’s: Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson.

Team Europe

  • Jon Rahm
  • Viktor Hovland
  • Rory Mcllroy
  • Tyrell Hatton
  • Paul Casey
  • Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • Lee Westwood
  • Tommy Fleetwood
  • Shane Lowry
  • Sergio Garcia
  • Ian Poulter
  • Bernd Wiesberger

Team Europe is guided by captain Padraig Harrington. The assistants are Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson and Graeme McDowell

Where to listen to/watch the Ryder Cup

You can watch the 2021 Ryder Cup on the Golf Channel and NBC. If you can’t watch it, you have the ability to listen on Sirius Channel 92

Photo by Ashley Landis / AP
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Chris Smith is a graduate of Lindenwood University-Belleville with a Mass Communications with Sports Information Emphasis degree. Chris’ experience includes writing matchup previews for Sports Chat Place and Picks & Parlays, while coaching two baseball teams in his spare time.

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