Ryder Cup Online Betting
The Ryder Cup is named after Samuel Ryder, a British businessman and golf enthusiast from the late nineteenth / early twentieth century. The Walker Cup, in which teams of amateur golfers from Britain and the U.S. competed, had been in existence since 1922. Ryder proposed a similar contest, confined to professional players. The first official Ryder Cup competition was played in 1927, at Worcester Country Club, Worcester, Massachusetts. The original teams consisted of eight players per side. The competition was spread over two days and consisted of foursomes (two players per team, playing alternate shots with one ball) and singles matches. All matches were 36 holes in length. 4 x foursomes matches were played on the first day, followed by 8 x singles matches on the second day. The American team won 9.5 points to 2.5. This format, with 12 points at stake, remained in place until the 1961 competition. The length and type of Ryder Cup matches have varied considerably over the years. The current format consists of 4 x fourball and 4 x foursomes matches on each of the first two days, followed by 12 singles matches on the third day, all 18 holes in length, with a total of twenty-eight points at stake.
From the initial Ryder Cup in 1927 up to the 1971 competition, the teams were from the U.S. and Great Britain. In 1973, Irish players became eligible, creating a Great Britain and Ireland side. The Great Britain and Ireland side team contested three Ryder Cups, from 1973 to 1977, losing all three; 19-13 in 1973, 17-11 in 1975 and 12.5 -7.5 in 1977. The British (or Britain and Ireland) teams contained, over the years, many great individual players, Henry Cotton and Tony Jacklin, to name but two. However, the side lacked sufficient strength in depth to pose any great competitive threat to a consistently strong U.S. team.
Somewhat surprisingly, Jack Nicklaus, the top U.S. player, led an effort to redress the competitive balance in the Ryder Cup. Following the 1977 matches, after nine U.S. victories and one tie in the previous ten Ryder Cups, the USPGA and PGA of Great Britain met to discuss ways to increase the competitiveness.
The governing bodies agreed to make all European players eligible for the "British" team. The first "European" team was fielded in 1979, and duly beaten 17-11. Another defeat followed in 1981 (18.5 / 9.5).
However, a number of extremely talented young European players were emerging. These included:
- Nick Faldo (England): Ryder Cup debut 1977
- Seve Ballesteros (Spain): Ryder Cup debut 1979
- Bernhard Langer (Germany): Ryder Cup debut 1981
Players of this calibre, along with passionate captains such as Tony Jacklin, enabled the European team to regain its competitive edge.
Between 1985 and 2006, Europe won seven times and the U.S. three times, with one tie in 1989.
Closely contested matches have brought about renewed interest from golf fans on both sides of the Atlantic, who had, for some time, considered the Ryder Cup a "one-horse race."
Betting on the Ryder Cup
The 2008 Ryder Cup is scheduled for September 19th to 21st, at Valhalla Golf Club, Lexington, Kentucky.
The U.S. team will be captained by Paul Azinger and Europe by Nick Faldo. The U.S. team are always a force to be reckoned with on their "home turf," so despite the fact that Europe have won five out of the last six Ryder Cups, they seem certain to start second favourites. Online betting sites (depending where you look) have the U.S. at around 4/5, Europe at 11/10, with the tie at 10/1.
Types of Bet Available
Along with "outright" betting, online betting sites will also offer a wide range of other bets, once the contest commences. These are likely to include:
- Individual Match Bets
Online betting sites will provide prices for all the foursomes, fourballs and singles matches. As the whole event is televised, "in-running" prices will be available.
- Top Overall Points Scorer
- Top U.S. Points Scorer
- Top Europe Points Scorer
- "Correct Score" betting. Predict the final score in the overall match, e.g. 15-13 Europe or 16-12 U.S.A. etc.
- Hole-in-One during the Ryder Cup?
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