Bet UK's Ryder Cup Betting Tips
Bet UK's resident golf expert Luke Tredget is back with his 2018 Ryder Cup betting tips. After correctly predicting a 80/1 each way winner in Lucas Herbert, Luke has good recent form to back up his tips. Head over to Bet UK's blog for the latest golf betting tips for events every week, as well as our online betting markets for golf betting odds on every event around the world.
The Course - Le Golf National
The wait is almost over. Following on from Tiger Woods spectacular win at The Tour Championship at East Lake, one of the World’s most eagerly anticipated sporting occasions is nearly upon us. At Bet UK, we are here to bring you regular updates and tips to help you get the most out of this year’s Ryder Cup. Le Golf National in Paris hosts the event, and is a course that regular viewers of European Tour golf will be very familiar with. A tough track with plenty of water in-play off the tee, Golf National looks certain to provide the drama we have become so accustomed to in The Ryder Cup over the years. The last 4 holes, built around the course’s largest lake are particularly difficult, and pars will be good scores on those as the matches draw to a dramatic close.
The 2018 Ryder Cup Betting Odds
There can be no question the USA have the stronger team on paper, and if the match was being held stateside on a drive it long, wedge it on the green archetypal PGA Tour, course then the Bet UK price of 5/8* for USA to win would be closer to 2/5. Thomas Bjorn will be setting up Le Golf National to be extremely tight off the tee in an attempt to frustrate the big hitting US Ryder Cup team. Bjorn will want to make as many holes as possible about plotting your way round, and it is easy to envisage a couple of the US Team becoming frustrated that they are being shackled on this tight French masterpiece.
Ryder Cup Betting Tips for Team USA
The quality on display at the 42nd Ryder Cup makes this perhaps the most exciting match up in years. That quality is especially in abundance in the US locker room. Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth will all be hall of fame golfers by the time they retire, ande Patrick Reed’s Ryder Cup record is excellent (Won 6, Lost 1 and Halved 2) The swashbuckling young talents at captain Jim Furyk’s disposal are backed up by the experience of veteran US wildcard picks; Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson.
Jim Furyk (C), David Duval, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Davis Love III, Steve Stricker, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Tiger Woods
Ryder Cup Betting Tips for Team Europe
The European Ryder Cup side doesn’t quite have the quality to match the US. Two of their best players, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm, are likely to be unsuited by the way captain Thomas Bjorn will set the course up. History is of course against the USA, and the last time the USA won the Ryder Cup in Europe was 25 years ago. Despite being away from home, there is little chance the US will be particularly intimidated. Justin Rose is the world number one but, as wonderful a golfer as he is, he won’t be making any of the Americans shiver in their spikes on the first tee.
Thomas Bjorn (C), Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington, Robert Karlsson, Graeme McDowell, Luke Westwood, Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Thorbjorn Olesen, Ian Poulter, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson
Justin Rose however, is all but certain to play the full quota of 5 matches and this makes him look a moderate 2pt bet in Bet UK’s’s Top Englishman market at 17/10*. Tommy Fleetwood has come on leaps and bounds in the last 2 years but, given he is making his debut, is more than likely to be rested at some point. Paul Casey hasn’t been pulling up any trees of late, and whilst Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter’s passion for the tournament is well documented, he remains one step down from the very best in the game. Tyrell Hatton can be likely ruled out as a candidate in this market, all of which makes Rose the clear bet.
Bet UK’s Top Continental European betting market also sees a great selection of golf betting opportunities, and one in particular in the shape of Open champion Francesco Molinari. The Italian looks sure to be put to work all week by captain Bjorn given his stellar season and solid record at Le Golf National. Molinari has 4 top 10’s at the track, including a trio of second place finishes, and his accurate long game will be a huge asset throughout the event. Francesco Molinari’s Ryder Cup record is average. The Italian has yet to win in his 5 matches spread over 2 Ryder Cups, but US Open champion Molinari is a different player and a different man these days. Bet UK make Ryder Cup rookie John Rahm the favourite in this market, but the big hitting Spaniard may not find the set up ideal, despite 2 good efforts on his previous appearances at the French Open golf. Elsewhere in the market, Henrik Stenson is not 100% fit, Sergio Garcia is hitting it sideways, and debutants Olesen and Noren would surely have to win every game they play to outscore Molinari. We’ll have 2pts at Bet UK’s odds of 59/20*.
One other market of interest is the Top American Rookie, and the 5/6* available on Justin Thomas. With 9 wins under his belt, including a major, and a spell as the World number 1 golfer , the 25 year old is already a true superstar of the game. He was a promising 8th on his only visit to Paris, and in Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler has 2 great friends he could partner with ease. Thomas can be expected to have a busy week and will surely score his fair share of points in both the foursomes and fourballs. Bryson Dechambeau is his main market rival and arrives in sensational form having recently bagged two wins in the race for the Fedex Cup, but for the time being can still not be mentioned in the Thomas class bracket. Dechambeau is widely expected to play with Tiger Woods, as not only have they become quite close, but they also both use the same Bridgestone ball. Whilst Woods’ wisdom and Ryder Cup experience will no doubt assist debutant Dechambeau, his errant driving will most certainly not. Tony Finau completes the market and should probably be a bigger price than he is given an expected lack of matches. Justin Thomas is a strong selection here.
Bet UK already have a comprehensive selection of betting markets available, and we can expect these to be added to as the event draws even closer.
Ryder Cup Betting Tips
Rory McIlroy Top European - 9/2 to 11/2
Ian Poulter Top European - 11/1 to 12/1
Dustin Johnson Top USA - 4/1 to 11/2
USA to Win by 7+ Points - 6/1 to 13/2
Europe to win by 7+ Points - 8/1 to 9/1
USA to win the Ryder Cup - 5/6 to EVS
Justin Rose Top Englishman - 17/10 to 2/1
Franceso Molinari Top Continental - 3/1 to 10/3
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.