Americans set as betting favourites on Ryder Cup odds

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Patrick Cantlay tees off on the second hole during the final round of the Memorial. (Jay LaPrete/AP)

The United States will be looking to tally consecutive wins on home soil for the first time in four decades when they take on Europe this weekend as solid -200 favourites on the 2021 Ryder Cup odds at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Americans posted a decisive 17-11 victory when they last hosted this event in 2016, but followed up with a 17.5-10.5 loss three years ago that marked their ninth defeat in the past 12 editions of this tournament going into the Ryder Cup this weekend at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.

As expected, the United States will bring a star-studded lineup to this year’s Ryder Cup. The Americans are led by Patrick Cantlay, who rediscovered his touch down the stretch on his way to wins at the BMW Championship and the TOUR Championship that earned him his first career FedExCup title.

Cantlay is joined by a lineup of Ryder Cup veterans including the world’s former No. 1 player Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau. Johnson and DeChambeau have struggled at times in previous Ryder Cup appearances, compiling a combined 7-12 record.

Spieth also has work to do to overcome his disappointing performance in the FedExCup playoffs, capped by a distant 20th-place finish at the TOUR Championship. That has not diminished the Texans’ position on the odds to be the top point-getter at this year’s tournament, where he joins Cantlay as a +1000 wager at sports betting sites.

While the Americans enjoy home-course advantage and a stacked lineup, they are likely to be in tough against Europe, who look to the weekend as +225 underdogs on the odds to win the Ryder Cup. The Europeans are expected to lean heavily on Jon Rahm as they pursue their fifth Ryder Cup victory on American soil since 1987. The 26-year-old Spaniard played some of the best golf of his career while climbing to the top of the World Golf Rankings this season.

Rahm picked up 15 top-10 finishes in just 22 PGA Tour appearances this past season, including his first career major tournament win at the U.S. Open. He has now finished outside the top three just twice in his past six outings. That includes a third-place finish at the Northern Trust and a second-place performance in the TOUR Championship that powered him to a second-place result in the FedExCup standings.

Things have not gone so well for Rahm’s teammate Rory McIlroy. Ranked No. 1 in the world as recently as June of last year, McIlroy was a non-factor for most of the 2021 season, posting just one win in 21 outings, and he tallied just two wins in five matches during Europe’s Ryder Cup victory three years ago.

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