The USA will host the 43rd Ryder Cup when they welcome Europe to Whistling Straits, Haven, Wisconsin from 24 to 26 September, 2021.
The United States is the most successful team in this unique golf event’s history (established in 1927), having won 26 of the 42 Ryder Cups played, 18 of which took place before 1979, when the championship was split between Great Britain & Ireland and the USA.
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Powerful Team USA will be looking to regain Ryder Cup from Team Europe
The biennial Ryder Cup was originally scheduled to be played last year, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that caused so many sporting tournaments to be cancelled.
As a result, it’s now three years since the Ryder Cup was last held, when Europe had a convincing 17.5 points to 10.5 win on the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guyancourt, Paris in France. Jim Furyk and Thomas Bjørn were the team captains.
Ryder Cup Betting Odds 2021
Team USA are the marginal favorites on the online and Vegas sportsbooks at odds of -175 with Bovada. Team Europe are the underdogs at odds of +175 with the draw possibility on offer at +1200.
2021 Ryder Cup Betting (Winner) - Vegas Odds
Team USA will be desperate to regain the trophy on home soil and they will certainly expect to put up a much stronger showing in Wisconsin.
The Whistling Straits Course at Wisconsin ranks as one of the most difficult golf courses in the world and was designed to replicate the ancient seaside links courses of the United Kingdom and Ireland. That does provide the visiting team reason to believe that they can retain their grasp on the Ryder Cup trophy.
There are plenty of reasons for Team USA and captain Steve Stricker to feel positive going into this year’s tournament, with many of the USA players putting in some great performances in the majors over the past few years.
The Spaniard Jon Rahm might be the No. 1 ranked player in the world, but it’s the USA who currently have eight players in the top 10.
It should also be remembered that when the Ryder Cup was last played, Collin Morikawa had yet to turn pro.
Since then, the 24-year-old has won five professional titles, including two majors at the first attempt – the 2020 PGA Championship and The Open Championship in July 2021.
Another sign of US dominance of late is that American players have won 14 of the last 18 majors, so it’s no surprise that Team USA are the favorites in the Ryder Cup betting lines at odds of -175 with Bovada Sportsbook, with Europe at +175 and the draw at +1200.
USA Ryder Cup Team Selection
Steve Stricker’s team selection for the 2021 USA Ryder Cup team will include the six leading players on the Ryder Cup points list, based on prize money won in the biggest tournaments.
At present those six players are:
- Collin Morikawa
- Dustin Johnson
- Bryson DeChambeau
- Brooks Koepka
- Justin Thomas
- Xander Schauffele
Other Contenders for Team USA
Stricker himself gets to choose the remaining six players with his own picks. Were he to simply select the next six players on the points list, Jordan Spieth, Harris English, Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau would make up the remainder of his team.
However, Stricker might have some other names in mind, such as Phil Mickelson who was the winner of the PGA Championship earlier this year. The one certainty is that Team USA will have a formidable look about it and will certainly not be lacking in confidence and self-belief.
The USA team is sure to feature plenty of golfers who have won big tournaments in the past couple of years and so will be full of confidence.
Update – Steve Stricker’s Picks
After weeks of speculation about who would be involved at Whistling Straits, Steve Stricker has officially revealed his six wildcard picks for Team USA.
Steve Stricker’s six wildcard picks for Team USA are as follows:
- Daniel Berger
- Harris English
- Tony Finau
- Scottie Scheffler
- Xander Schauffele
- Jordan Spieth
Patrick Reed, who was left off Team USA’s Ryder Cup team, is the most notable omission from this list. Sam Burns, Webb Simpson, Kevin Kisner, Kevin Na, and Billy Horschel are among the players who will consider themselves unlucky to be left out.
Team Europe Ryder Cup Selection
Padraig Harrington’s European team will certainly fight all the way to defend the trophy, but it’s surely going to take an outstanding performance for them to retain the Ryder Cup.
The selection process for the European Ryder Cup team is a little different and is taken from two lists, plus three individual picks from captain Padraig Harrington.
Automatic selection is awarded to the top four players from the European Points lists and the top five in the World Points list (those who are not already qualified on the European Points list).
As things stand, the European Points list top four consists of Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton and Rory McIlroy. The five players from the World Points list at present are Viktor Hovland, Paul Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick, Lee Westwood and Shane Lowry.
Harrington will name his own three picks after the conclusion of the BMW PGA Championship (the third Rolex Series event of the season) at Wentworth in mid-September.
No team ever surrenders the Ryder Cup without a fight, but there’s every reason for Team USA to be optimistic going into the tournament.