Step right up, place your Ryder Cup bets
The Ryder Cup is still a couple weeks away, but your chance to bet on them is here already – well, if you’re in Great Britain, anyway. SkyBet is just one of multiple UK bookmakers offering a smorgasbord of wagers on the Ryder Cup, and here is a rundown of some of their most fun ones:
-- Who will win? Team USA is currently a 4 to 5 favorite, and SkyBet’s John Rhodes told England’s PA Sport news service that “all the money so far has been for the USA, with little or no interest in the European side as yet.”
-- Will Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods meet in singles? If they do, SkyBet’s odds that Tiger will win are 12 to 1, while the odds on McIlroy to win are actually a little worse, at 14 to 1. The odds of a halve are 40 to 1.
-- Who will be the leading points scorer? Tiger is the choice as Team USA’s leading points-getter at 5 to 1, with Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker next best at 8 to 1. On the European side, McIlroy is also a 5 to 1 favorite to be leading points-scorer. Luke Donald is next at 13 to 2, while Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are both 7 to 1.
-- What will the final score be? The most popular choices so far are for a very tight match that ends 14 1/2 to 13 1/2. The odds for an American win by that score are 10 to 1, while the odds for a European win by that score are 11 to 1. The odds are exactly the same (10-1 USA, 11-1 Europe) if you believe one side or the other will win by 15 to 13.
-- Will there be a hole-in-one? Three of the last nine Ryder Cups have had an ace (there were two each in 1995 and 2006). The odds of an ace are 7 to 2. But the odds of any individual player making one range from 100 to 1 to 125 to 1.
-- Who will score the winning point or half-point? This is one of the most impossible bets to get right, considering that players who have clinched recent Ryder Cups range from Graeme McDowell to Paul McGinley. The leading choice is Tiger at 14 to 1, with Rory right behind at 16 to 1. The longest odds are on Paul Lawrie at 50 to 1.
I don’t know about all these bets, but I do know this – because so many of the competitors are in such fine form these days, it’s a slam dunk that this Ryder Cup will be one of the best ever. I can’t wait for it to start.