Ryder Cup 2014 Golf Betting Tips & Preview

The 2014 Ryder Cup will be the 40th time that this exciting golf event has taken place, and will see Europe attempt to continue their recent dominance over the United States.  This competition is take place on the PGA Centenary Course at the Gleneagles Hotel, and will be played over the weekend of 26th September.  Scotland will host the Ryder Cup for a second time this year, with the 1973 edition having been played at Muirfield.

Ryder Cup 2014 Betting Tips and Preview

Ryder Cup 2014 Outright Betting Odds

Europe 4/6 (Coral)

USA 15/8 (Ladbrokes)

Tie 11/1 (Boylesports)

Europe have been put in as the odds on favourites to win the 2014 Ryder Cup and can be backed at a best price of 4/6 with Coral.  The Americans can be backed at a very generous looking 15/8 at Ladbrokes, while the best odds available on the tie is 11/1 with Irish firm Boylesports.

On paper at least, the European’s do appear to be the stronger group, but the bookies certainly aren’t giving anything away as far as their price is concerned.

Team Europe

Paul McGinley will be captain of the European Ryder Cup team this time around and he definitely has a tough act to follow after what José María Olazábal achieved back in 2012.  Ollie’s men had looked dead and buried going into the final day’s play at 10-6 down but won eight of the twelve singles matches to win the trophy for what was the fifth time in the last six renewals.

That famous victory is now known as Miracle at Medinah and this year’s event will certainly need to go some to match the excitement of 39th edition.  For the USA, that result was absolutely devastating having looked like absolute certainties to reclaim the Cup.  Historically, it was the American’s who always had much the better of the Ryder Cup but that has changed dramatically since 1985, with Europe winning ten of the fourteen contests that have taken place during that period.

Team USA

As far as the United States are concerned, I think they have a fantastic captain in the shape of Tom Watson.  Still capable of playing a very good standard of golf at 65 years of age, Watson has a real presence about him and has actually already captained America to a Ryder Cup victory back in 1993.

It seems that there is a real feel good factor in the camp now Watson has returned and his three wild card picks Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan, and Webb Simpson look to be great choices.  For me, both Rickie Fowler and Patrick Reed could be particularly important members of the United States line up and I’ll be taking the 6/1 about Fowler with Ladbrokes as well as the massive 28/1 about Reed with Boylesports to be top American points scorer.

Ryder Cup 2014 Recommended Bets

While it may be slightly unpatriotic, my betting is only ever influenced by what I perceive as value and on that basis, I think that the United States are far to big to ignore at 15/8 with Ladbrokes.  The top four in the European team look very strong, but outside of McIlroy, Stenson, Garcia and Rose, I’m not wild about the Europeans.

This American group has some real strength in depth and while I think Paul McGinley has been a conscientious captain in the run up to the event, he’s no Tom Watson.  I’m going for a USA victory and I’ll also be having smaller bets on the two players I mentioned earlier in the Top American market.

Back USA at 15/8 with Ladbrokes

Back Rickie Fowler Top American at 6/1 with Ladbrokes

Back Patrick Reed Top American at 28/1 with Boylesports