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Betting on the Ryder Cup

Occurring every other year since 1921, the Ryder Cup pits 12 of the best golfers in the United States against 12 of the best golfers in Europe in 28 rounds of match play. The Ryder Cup brings out the most intense pride in golf’s greatest—and betting on this event can bring that same intensity to your experience. To learn more about golf betting online, visit the DraftKing’s Golf Betting Guide.

Qualifying for the Ryder Cup

While Ryder Cup lineups were once decided by selection committees, rosters are now determined based on performance criteria. The makeup of this criteria has evolved over several decades, particularly with the introduction of “captain’s picks” in 1989.

Starting in 1989, captains would only make two captain’s picks each for their respective teams, but that number jumped to four in 2008. In 2021, that number was then moved to six, and that’s what it will be in 2023.

Types of Bets Available for the Ryder Cup


Spread bets place a margin by which a given team will need to finish ahead of its competition. For this match-play tournament, the Ryder Cup betting odds are based upon the number of holes by which a duo beats their opponents. A negative spread indicates a duo is the favorite, while a positive spread indicates an underdog.


Moneyline bets are as simple as choosing a victor, however, the payout is based upon the odds for that particular matchup. The odds on a moneyline bet indicate how much you will be returned on a $100 wager. For example, a $100 bet on the United States at +100 odds would return you $200 ($100 plus your original $100 bet) if the United States won the Ryder Cup.


Over/under bets are wagers that project how a golfer will perform on a specific hole. If you believe Rory McIlroy will make a birdie or better on the par-4 seventh hole, then you would bet under four total strokes for that hole. Conversely, if you think McIlroy struggles on that hole, you would bet over four strokes.

Player props

Prop bets are bets that can be placed on specific outcomes throughout the tournament. Will there be an eagle on hole 13? Will the tournament be won by three strokes or less? Will there be a hole-in-one made? Player props add an additional layer of fun to the Ryder Cup betting experience.

Parlay bets

A parlay bet on the Ryder Cup is a bet on multiple outcomes to occur. To win the wager, all of those outcomes must occur. For example, if you bet $100 for the United States to win and for Max Homa to cover the spread against Sam Burns, both events would need to occur for a payout. For parlay bets, you can include a variety of bets on one ticket, including spreads, moneyline bets, and props bets.

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