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It’s a role reversal of sorts entering the 2014 Ryder Cup. In the majority of those within the last decade, the United States has been the team pegged to be the favorite based on the individual talent within the squad.
What many seem to forget is that while golf is largely an individual sport, during the week of the Ryder Cup it’s all about the team dynamic. And at the end of the day, the team that comes together and feeds off each other the most has won.
That has been Europe for the majority of the last decade, which includes the 2012 Ryder Cup in a dramatic comeback on U.S. soil.
This time, the European squad has the home-course advantage from Glen Eagles Golf Club, where they will have the overwhelming support of the of the crowd behind them.
But the energy alone won’t be enough, it will have to take place between the ropes. The Ryder Cup is two very difficult days of team competition coupled with strategy, followed by a final day of individual matches, intense pressure, and even more strategy on where to input players into the line up courtesy of the respective team captains.
The 2014 Ryder Cup gets underway this Friday, September 26th. Betting lines to win the 2014 Ryder Cup have been released by Bovada Sportsbook. With the way that the Europeans have played this season, it’s not a surprise that they are favored.
Currently, a wager on the European team is paying out -155 ($1.55 wins $1) which a wager on the United States comes in on the other side of the betting line at +160, where a $1 would profit $1.60. In the event of a tie, a bet on that outcome is set at 11/1.
For the European team to retain the cup, all they need is a tie. As such, a wager on the team to ‘Lift The Cup’ is also available. With Europe having the advantage here as the defending champions, they are a slightly bigger favorite at -180, while the United States remains at +160 on the payout.
Also, let’s not forget the fact that the U.S. team is missing Tiger Woods. While Woods has not been playing because of injury, he has been a central figure in the Ryder Cup since the mid 1990s.
Below, get the full betting lines to win the Ryder Cup courtesy of Bovada and LatestBettingOdds.com. These will be up through the start of the first matches on Friday.