With less than 24 hours until the teams tee off at Medinah Ladbrokes make USA 4/6 favourites to win the Ryder Cup with Europe friendless at 6/4
The firm reports one-way traffic for the Americans to be victorious this weekend, leaving Jose-Maria Olazabal’s men relatively untouched in the outright betting.
Dustin Johnson (9/1) has been heavily backed all week to top the points for Team USA, which will see punters collect over £100,000 in winnings should he be successful, however he faces tough competition from favourite Tiger Woods (5/1) and Brandt Snedeker at 14/1.
Luke Donald (11/2) has overtaken Sergio Garcia (8/1) as the most popular European top points scorer, as golf fans feel the Chicago resident will be able to cope with the ferocious crowds. Donald’s also proving a popular combined bet at 12/1 and to be the top Englishman at 5/2.
America are favoured to get off to a flier and lead after day one at 10/11 with Europe chalked up at 11/8, or there’s a 9/2 chance day one ends in a tie. Three of the last four Ryder Cup’s biggest winning margin has been 6 and 4 and the bookies make it 4/1 to continue the theme this year.
Ladbrokes will also be the first bookmaker to advertise live odds on TV during any sport other than racing or football, with 5 spots over the three days covering both foursome and fourball sessions as well as the singles.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes told betrescue.com: “It’s been one-way traffic for Davis Love III’s team but we’re expecting the patriotic money to finally come in for the European boys after the Opening Ceremony. The late surge of bets on Donald comes as no surprise as punters feel the force for Luke to do the business in his ‘hometown’.