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2021 Ryder Cup Tips & Predictions - 3 best bets for Whistling Straits

  • The Ryder Cup takes place at Whistling Straits from September 24-26
  • It will be the 43rd Ryder Cup after being delayed from 2020
  • Europe are the defending champions
  • Will Team Europe pull off victory again on United State soil?
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United States Captain Steve Stricker (L) and European Captain Padraig Harrington (Getty Images,)
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Gary Emmerson 21 Sep 2021
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The 2021 Ryder Cup takes place 12 months later than scheduled, but another titanic battle is in store between the United States and Team Europe in the 43rd edition of the event.

Europe are the defending champions having dominated in France three years ago to win 17.5-10.5 in what ended up being a one-sided contest. 

Can Padraig Harrington's European team now do the business on US soil? Or will Steve Stricker's United States regain the trophy?

Ryder Cup Winners: Team Europe


On world rankings alone United States should dominate this year's Ryder Cup. Throw in the home advantage at Whistling Straits and the case for a USA victory is strengthened further.

But this is a team game - for the most part - and Europe excel at it. Team Europe have won seven of the last nine Ryder Cups and were utterly sublime three years ago when winning in 2018 in Paris.

Yes, they are taking on the best-ever United States team in terms of rankings and have to do it in Wisconsin. But they are way too big odds to ignore.

Padraig Harrington's team is littered with experience and players who know how to win the Ryder Cup. Europe are the value bet.

Team Europe - 3.00Ryder Cup WinnersBET HERE
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United States Top Points Scorer: Justin Thomas


In a team filled with stars, there is plenty of value to be had for the US top points scorer.

Justin Thomas is favourite at 7.00, but he sticks out as the one to side with following his sensational debut in France three years ago.

A rookie in Paris, Thomas scored 4.5 of his team's 10.5 as he ended with a 4-1-0 record. He played in every session and is likely to be a go-to man for Steve Stricker along with Jordan Spieth.

Justin Thomas - 7.00Top United States Points ScorerBET HERE
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Europe Top Points Scorer: Shane Lowry


Cases can be made for a host of the European team to top score and it could well be the case that a half here or there is the difference.

The key is to focus on the players who are likely to feature in all five sessions, or at least four of them. Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood are the trio, but wildcard Shane Lowry is expected to get plenty of game time.

Lowry is rumoured to be set to partner McIlroy in the fourballs and foursomes and, as an Open champion, has proven he plays links courses like Whistling Straits well. He also has a point to prove after needing a captain's pick to make the team.

At almost double the odds of McIlroy, who he is set to play pairs with, Lowry is the selection.

Shane Lowry - 11.00Top European Points ScorerBET HERE
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Verdict

I'm backing Europe to retain the Ryder Cup and for Justin Thomas and Shane Lowry to top score for their respective teams.

Best Bet: Europe To Win $3.00 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Top USA Scorer: Justin Thomas Top Scorer $7.00 at Neds - 1 Unit
Top Europe Scorer: Shane Lowry Top Scorer $11.00 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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