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The 2023 Ryder Cup is now just four days away and excitement is building ahead of the biggest team event in golf. This year’s edition will take place in Rome at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club and both teams have been ramping up their preparation in recent weeks.
There are stellar names on both sides, with Zach Johnson’s USA boasting five-time major winner, Brooks Koepka, and the world number one, Scottie Scheffler while Luke Donald’s Europe possesses the Masters champion, Jon Rahm, and FedEx Cup winner, Viktor Hovland.
If you’re planning on watching the event and/or having a bet on it, then here is a rundown of all the main markets.
Ryder Cup 2023 betting markets and odds
The outright winner market relates to which team will come out on top at the end of the week. In order to win the Ryder Cup, a team needs to earn 14.5 points over the three days of action. A team will earn a point for each match they win across foursomes, fourballs and singles and half a point for each match they draw.
In total, there will be 28 matches with 16 played across Friday and Saturday and 12 singles matches on Sunday. In theory, the tournament could therefore be over by Saturday, however, this has never happened before.
For the 2023 event, Europe have been priced as the underdogs at 6/5 (2.2) while the USA are the favourites at 4/6 (1.67). This is understandable when you look at the strength of the American team, and the fact they are the current holders, however, Europe have been formidable at home in recent Ryder Cups, winning eight of the last eleven events played on home soil.
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— Sky Sports Golf (@SkySportsGolf) September 25, 2023
Top points scorer
The top points scorer market relates to which player will score the most points for their team. When considering this market, it’s important to think about which players are most likely to feature in all five sessions across the weekend.
On Friday and Saturday, there will be four sessions with four matches taking place in each session. Only eight players from each team will play in each session which means there will be four who miss out so you want to avoid backing any players who are likely to sit out a session or two.
The top contenders for this market are:
Jon Rahm – 8/1 (9.0)
Scottie Scheffler – 8/1 (9.0)
Rory McIlroy – 17/2 (9.5)
Viktor Hovland – 9/1 (10.0)
It’s unsurprising to see these four players here as they are the top four ranked players in the golf world rankings. Rahm is the reigning Masters Champion, Scheffler is the world number, McIlroy is a Ryder Cup machine and Viktor Hovland is the FedEx Cup Champion. All four men have incredible pedigree and will almost certainly feature in every session over the weekend.
Interestingly, the USA only have one player in this list despite being favourites. That is likely due to the fact Zach Johnson’s team has greater strength in depth so there is more chance that Scheffler could sit one session out while Luke Donald will almost certainly need Rahm, McIlroy and Hovland to feature heavily.
Top American rookie
Zach Johnson’s team features four rookies but all four have had memorable personal seasons on the PGA Tour so there aren’t too many concerns about their ability to deal with the pressure of the situation. Brian Harman is the Open Championship winner while Wyndham Clark is the US Open champion. The other two rookies, Sam Burns and Max Homa, are also winners on the tour this season.
The odds for this market are:
Max Homa – 6/4 (2.5)
Sam Burns – 12/5 (3.4)
Wyndham Clark – 13/5 (3.6)
Brian Harman – 11/2 (6.5)
Interestingly, the two major champions aren’t backed as strongly as Burns and Homa and that could be due to the fact that Harman and Clark weren’t as consistent over the course of the year despite their life-changing victories. Max Homa is expected to feature the most out of all four rookies which makes his selection as favourite understandable.
Top European rookie
Luke Donald’s European team also has four rookies in their ranks. While they don’t have records to match up with Homa and co, there are some very exciting youngsters in the squad. They do have big shoes to fill, with Ryder Cup legends such as Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia absent, however, there is a feeling that they can surprise a few people this week.
The odds for this market are:
Ludvig Aberg – 23/20 (2.15)
Nicolai Hojgaard – 16/5 (4.2)
Sepp Straka – 16/5 (4.2)
Robert MacIntyre – 4/1 (5.0)
Aberg is the overwhelming favourite in this market and it’s clear to see why. The young Swede is regarded as a generational talent and is expected to feature regularly over the weekend. Aberg is being tipped to partner McIlroy in foursomes and/or fourballs which could give him a great opportunity to pick up some points for Europe.
How does Ludvig Aberg make driving the ball look so effortless?
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) September 22, 2023
Hole in one
There have been six holes-in-one in the Ryder Cup over the years, with five of them coming from European players and one coming from an American. The last time a hole-in-one occurred at the event was in 2006 when two of them happened at the K Club in Ireland.
Both aces took place on the 14th hole with Paul Casey holing out on the day two foursomes when playing alongside David Howell. Then, on the final day, Scott Verplank made history when he became the first American to make a hole-in-one at the Ryder Cup when he holed one in his victory over Padraig Harrington.
Odds on a hole-in-one in 2023:
Yes – 5/2 (3.5)
No – 2/7 (1.29
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