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Ding! Ding! Ding! It's the Americans vs the Europeans in one of the most emotionally charged and anticipated golfing tournaments on the calender. It's played every two years and is hugely popular; imagine any American Hollywood sports movie, only for real.

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2020 Ryder Cup

The USA will attempt to regain the Ryder Cup on the Straits Course at the Whistling Straits Club in Haven, Winconsin. They will attempt to win on home soil for the third time in the last four events they have hosted.

2018 Ryder Cup 

The odds seemed stacked against the European team but they put in a fantastic performance to regain the Ryder Cup. The final score was 17½ points to 10½ as Europe made it six home wins in a row against the Americans. Held at the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Guvancourt near Paris, France, the Americans seemed unable to cope with the tight fairways.

Score at End of Day One - Europe 5 USA 3

Score at End of Day Two - Europe 10 USA 6

Top Scorers - 5 - Francesco Molinari  4- Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Thomas.


  • Thomas Bjorn (Denmark)
  • Tommy Fleetwood (England)
  • Tyrrell Hatton (England)
  • Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland)
  • Francesco Molinari (Italy)
  • Alex Noren (Spain)
  • Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark)
  • Jon Rahm (Spain)
  • Justin Rose (England)
  • Henrik Stenson (Sweden)
  • Paul Casey (England)
  • Sergio Garcia (Spain)
  • Ian Poulter (England)

Stenson, Casey, Garcia and Poulter were the four picks of captain Thomas Bjorn. There are five players making their Ryder Cup debuts, namely Fleetwood, Hatton, Noren, Olesen and Rahm.


  • Jim Furyk
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Justin Thomas
  • Patrick Reed
  • Bubba Watson
  • Jordan Spieth
  • Ricky Fowler
  • Webb Simpson
  • Bryson DeChambeau
  • Phil Mickelson
  • Tiger Woods
  • Tony Finau

Captain Jim Furyk announced DeChambeau, Mickelson, Woods and Finau as his picks. There are three players making their Ryder Cup debuts, namely Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Tony Finau.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn will captain Europe in Paris and in the process become only the fourth man from outside the British Isles to do so. He will join Spanish duo Seve Ballesteros and Jose Maria Olazabal as well as Germany's Bernhard Langer in receiving the responsibility, having previously been vice-captain of four occasions. He has won the competition three times in 1997, 2002 and 2014 and has 15 European tour titles to his name and his previous experience has seen him named as captain ahead of Paul Lawrie.

For the States, the honour of captain has been bestowed upon Jim Furyk, a two-time Ryder Cup winner and a man who took part in each edition of the competition between the years of 1997 and 2014. He was vice-captain in 2016 as the USA regained their trophy under Davis Love and now it is Love who will take up the role as one of the assistants in France.

The USA are favourites to retain the Ryder Cup for the first time since 1993. You can get odds of 5/6 at Paddy Power on a USA victory.

How to use your free Ryder Cup bets

Using your Ryder Cup free bets can be done in a similar way to using regular golf free bets. Once you have selected the free bet offer that best suits your budget and betting style from the menu you should then to go to the bookmaker and register for your new account.

After you are all set up with your new sports betting account it is time to utilise your Ryder Cup free bets. Begin by navigating your way to the golf section of your chosen bookmaker, then find the Ryder Cup section. Here you will see a range of Ryder Cup markets, the number and variety of which will depend upon your bookmaker.

Find the market and the selection that you would like to bet on then add it to your bet slip. Once you have added all your desired selections to the slip tick the box that indicates you wish to use your Ryder Cup free bets, then hit confirm.

Why is the Ryder Cup so popular?

Once every two years 12 Europeans and 12 Americans do battle for the Ryder Cup. Although the four Majors throughout the year are seen as the sport’s pinnacle and that upon which the game’s great players are judged, many of golf’s most memorable moments are ingrained in Ryder Cup history.

While the Presidents Cup, which pits America against the Rest of the World, follows a similar format, the Ryder Cup evokes emotions and passion like no other golfing event. The venue for the biennial competition alternates between Europe and the U.S.A. with raucous home support often playing a pivotal role in the outcome.

Ryder Cup - Europe v USA

The tournament is played over a match play format. Each Ryder Cup contested consists of eight foursomes matches, eight fourball matches and 12 singles matches, with all matches played over 18 holes. The winner of each match earns a point for their team, with a 1/2 point going to each player for any match that is tied after 18 holes.

Ryder Cup free bets can be used to bet on any of the 28 individual matches throughout the event, as well as who will win the Ryder Cup, which player will score the most points for their team, which player will score the winning point and even which players will be named in their respective teams.

In 2001 the PGA European Tour decided to put out the Ryder Cup hosting rights from 2018 through 2030 to a competitive bid process throughout Europe. Ryder Cup Europe confirmed that six countries – France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden – had announced their intention to bid for the 2018 Ryder Cup.

The 2018 Ryder Cup was eventually awarded to France and will be played Le Golf National, Albatros Course in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, on the outskirts of Paris.

"I trust that the effect of this match will be to influence a cordial, friendly and peaceful feeling throughout the whole civilized world." - Samuel Ryder

What can I use my Ryer Cup free bet on?

Betting on the Ryder Cup can provide a whole host of different betting markets and such is the globe appeal and interest in the competition, it's one of golf's most popular events to bet on. The most popular market is unsurprisingly the overall outcome, be that a win for either Europe or The USA or even a draw.

The format of the competition also means you can bet on a number of the individual clashes during the competition.

Other markets to bet for free on the Ryder Cup include:

  • European Captain
  • American Captain
  • To Make the European Team
  • To Make the American Team

What happened at the last Ryder Cup?

In 2016 the USA claimed a convincing 17-11 victory to regain the Ryder Cup from Europe. Victory for the States was their first since 2008 as they were able to kill off any threat of a Europe comeback. Trailing 9 1/2 points to 6 1/2 after two days, Europe looked to be coming back in to the reckoning as they led in seven of the 12 singles matches. However when Patrick Reed beat Rory McIlroy the USA's grasp on proceedings began to strengthen once more. The trophy was eventually decided when Ryan Moore beat Lee Westwood on the 18th green for the decisive point.

Europe had been going for an unprecedented fourth successive triumph in this competition though they simply came up against a stronger and more determined US side. All 12 of the US team were able to claim at least one point whilst four of Europe's team drew blanks and it was always going to be a struggle to come from 4-0 down after the foursomes on the opening day.

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