Ryder Cup Preview & Betting Tips Guide

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The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf event contested by USA and Europe. The venue alternates between the two continents and teams of twelve comprise of the world's top golfers from the USA and Europe, captained by past golfing greats.

Ryder Cup Preview & Betting Tips Guide
James Banting Tipster Competition Assistant

James has worked for the jockey club and has 20 years sports betting experience he utilises his skills in our tipster competitions and writes sports betting content.

Ryder Cup Information

What is included in this Ryder Cup Blog ?

Where is the next Ryder Cup ?

The 2025 and 45th Ryder Cup tees off at Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York, USA.

What are the dates of the Ryder Cup ?

The 45th Ryder Cup tees off on Friday 26th September and concludes Sunday 28th September 2025.

Who are the Ryder Cup Teams ?

Team USA will take on Team Europe, there are 12 players in each team and a full list will be available when the teams are finalised.

Who are the Ryder Cup Captains ?

The 2025 Team Captains are to be confirmed.

How can I watch the Ryder Cup in the UK ?

All three days of the Ryder Cup will be screened live on the Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Golf channel, live coverage is also available on the SkyGo App.

Who has won more Ryder Cups ?

Ryder Cup records show Team USA have won 27 Ryder Cups, Team Europe (including when GB, GB&IRE) have won 15 Ryder Cups and there have been 2 ties (previous holders retained the Ryder Cup).

2025 Ryder Cup Preview

The 45th Ryder Cup tees off at the Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York on Friday 26th September 2025. This venue has staged the US Open (twice) and PGA Championship since 2002 and now joins the list of venues to host a Ryder Cup. 

Having regained the Ryder Cup in 2023 with a 16.5-11.5 victory in Italy, Europe are seeking their 9th success this century with the score being 8-3.

Ryder Cup 26 May @ 03:42 - Win Tournament
USA 1.73
Europe 2.63
Tie 13.00

As we get closer to the 2025 Ryder Cup, be sure to take a few minutes to check out the Ryder Cup betting tips from OLBG's knowledgeable golf tipsters. That's also the source for golf predictions on upcoming golf tournaments on the various PGA, DP World Tour, LPGA and other tours plus the major tournaments including Open Championship tips, Masters tips, US Open tips, PGA Championship tips. 

The OLBG Best Golf Tipsters tips page highlights the golf selections from the golf tipsters making consistent profits for golf predictions over the past year. Before deciding on your Ryder Cup bets take a look at our Best Bookmaker for Ryder Cup Betting Guide to help maximise your golf betting needs.

Ryder Cup Format

The Ryder Cup consists of 28 matches over the three days and all are contested in match-play format where 1 point is up for grabs to the winning player/team. Matches that are tied result in 0.5 points awarded to both teams. To win the Ryder Cup a team requires 14.5 points, the current holders (Europe) require at least 14 points to guarantee at least a tie thus retaining the Ryder Cup.

What is the Schedule for the 2025 Ryder Cup ?

  • Friday (Day 1, Morning) 4 x Foursomes or Fourballs Matches (to be confirmed)
  • Friday (Afternoon) 4 x Fourballs or Foursomes Matches
  • Saturday (Day 2, Morning) 4 x Foursomes or Fourballs Matches
  • Saturday (Afternoon) 4 x Fourballs or Foursomes Matches
  • Sunday (Day 3) 12 x Singles Matches

What are Ryder Cup Foursomes ?

Foursomes are also referred to as 'Alternate Shot', there are two players per team and only one ball per team is used thus players will take alternate shots. The lowest number of shots taken wins the hole (1 point), if the score is tied then the hole is 'halved' (0.5 points shared). The team/pair with the highest number of points over the 18 holes wins the match and 1 point for their team's Ryder Cup points total. If the match is all square (tied) after 18 holes then the match is 'halved' and 0.5 points awarded to both teams.

If a pair/team amass an uncatchable target during the round, for example are leading by three points (9.5-6.5) with just the two holes to play then the match is complete and the point awarded without the need to play the remaining holes. The result in this example will be shown as (3&2) meaning a 3 shot advantage with 2 holes remaining, any margin of victory still results in 1 point awarded for the winning team.

What are Ryder Cup Fourballs ?

There are still two selected players per team however 'Fourballs' differs from 'Foursomes' only in that four balls are used thus golfers play their own ball for the entire round/match and the lowest number of shots taken wins the hole. Again, if the lowest score is tied the hole is 'halved' (0.5 points). Similarly to the foursomes, if an uncatchable lead is obtained before 18 holes have been played then the match is halted with the winner declared (1 point awarded) without the need to complete the round. If the match is all square (tied) after 18 holes then the match is 'halved' and 0.5 points awarded to both teams.

What are Ryder Cup Singles matches ?

The 12 Ryder Cup singles matches are also match play format, the lowest score wins the hole (1 point) and a tie means the hole is 'halved' (0.5 points). When a player has set an uncatchable lead with holes still remaining the match is complete with 1 point awarded to the winning team, if the match is all square at the end of 18 holes then the match is 'halved' with 0.5 points awarded to each team.

What are the Ryder Cup tee times ?

  • The tee times will be confirmed for the Friday Morning Foursomes or Fourballs after the pairings have been announced by the Team Captains usually during the Ryder Cup opening ceremony.
  • The Friday afternoon Fourball pairings are usually announced after completion/during the Friday morning Foursomes.
  • The pairings for the Saturday morning session will be announced usually after completion of Day 1's matches on Friday.
  • The pairings for the Saturday afternoon may be announced on Friday evening or during/completion of the Saturday morning Foursomes.
  • The tee times for Sunday's Singles matches will be confirmed when the team Captain's have submitted (usually on Saturday evening) their order in which their team of 12 players will line up.

Ryder Cup Venue

The 2025 Ryder Cup tees off at the Bethpage Black Course in Farmingdale, New York, USA. The golf course opened in 1936 and has played host to the US Open (2002 & 2009) and the PGA Championship (2019).

  • Length: to be confirmed for Ryder Cup
  • Par: to be confirmed for Ryder Cup
Hole 1
Hole 10
Hole 2
Hole 11
Hole 3
Hole 12
Hole 4
Hole 13
Hole 5
Hole 14
Hole 6
Hole 15
Hole 7
Hole 16
Hole 8
Hole 17
Hole 9
Hole 18

2025 Ryder Cup - Team Europe

The 2025 Ryder Cup team Captain and Vice Captain's for Europe are to be confirmed. The successful 2023 Ryder Cup team consisted of:

  • Captain: Luke Donald
  • Vice Captains: Thomas Bjorn, Edoardo Molinari, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jose Maria Olazabal, Francesco Molinari.

How is the Europe Ryder Cup Team picked ?

  • Top 3 European players on the World's Points List and European Points List which are points earned in Official World Golf Ranking events (OWGR).
  • The remaining 6 Team Europe picks will be selected by the Team Europe Captain.

Team Europe and Previous record in the Ryder Cup

Player (world ranking)AgePlayedMatchesRecord (w-l-h)
Rory McIlroy (2)3462812-12-4
Jon Rahm (3)28284-3-1
Robert MacIntyre (55)27000-0-0
Viktor Hovland (4)25150-3-2
Tyrrell Hatton (11)31272-4-1
Matt Fitzpatrick (8)29250-5-0
Tommy Fleetwood (13)32284-2-2
Sepp Straka (22)30000-0-0
Justin Rose (37)4352313-8-2
Shane Lowry (34)37131-2-0
Nicolai Hojgaard (82)22000-0-0
Ludvig Aberg (80)23000-0-0

2025 Ryder Cup - Team USA

The 2025 Ryder Cup team Captain and Vice Captain's for the USA are to be confirmed. The 2023 Ryder Cup line up looked like this:

  • Captain: Zach Johnson
  • Vice Captains: Steve Stricker, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Fred Couples, Stewart Cink

How is the USA Ryder Cup Team picked ?

  • The top 6 USA players automatically qualify from the Prize Money Won List, these include all PGA Tour events and the four majors. 
  • The remaining 6 USA picks are selected by the Team USA Captain.

Team USA and Previous record in the Ryder Cup

Player (world ranking)AgePlayedMatchesRecord (w-l-h)
Scottie Scheffler (1)27132-0-1
Wyndham Clark (10)29000-0-0
Brian Harman (9)36000-0-0
Patrick Cantlay (5)31143-0-1
Max Homa (7)32000-0-0
Xander Schauffele (6)29143-1-0
Brooks Koepka (17)333126-5-1
Jordan Spieth (12)304188-7-3
Collin Morikawa (19)26143-0-1
Sam Burns (20)27000-0-0
Rickie Fowler (25)344153-7-5
Justin Thomas (24)30296-2-1

Ryder Cup Past Winners

The inaugural Ryder Cup officially took place in 1927 when a USA team took on a team from Great Britain and these nations competed biennially until the 1971 Ryder Cup. For the years between 1973 and 1977 the Great Britain team became Great Britain & Ireland and since the 1979 Ryder Cup the teams have been USA v Europe. The Ladies professional golf tournament equivalent is the Solheim Cup which is also biennial and is usually staged in early September.

As we approach the 45th renewal of golf's elite match play team event, Ryder Cup records show Team USA hold a commanding 27-15 (2 ties) lead over Team Europe in the Ryder Cup roll of honour. However since 1985, four Ryder Cups after 'other' European nationals were eligible to form part of the Great Britain & Ireland set up hence 'Team Europe' it has been a different story with Europe winning 12 of the last 18 Ryder Cups.

Here is a table showing the Ryder Cup wins up to 1977 when Team Europe were GB and then GB/IRE:

1927 to 1977Ryder Cup Wins

A different story since 1985 with the evident USA to Europe swing, here is a table showing the respective Ryder Cup wins since 1979 when GB & IRE became Team Europe:

1979 to 2023Ryder Cup Wins

Last Ten Ryder Cup Winners

Here is a list showing the last ten Ryder Cup winners by year and their winning score:

2023Europe16.5 - 11.5Marco Simone, Italy
2021USA19 - 9Whistling Straits, USA
2018Europe 17.5 - 10.5Le Golf National, France
2016USA17 - 11Hazeltine, USA
2014Europe16.5 - 11.5Gleneagles, Scotland
2012Europe14.5 - 13.5Medinah, USA
2010Europe14.5 - 13.5Celtic Manor, Wales
2008USA16.5 - 11.5Valhalla, USA
2006Europe18.5 - 9.5K Club, Ireland
2004Europe18.5 - 9.5Oakland Hills, USA
  • The highest margin of victory in those last ten Ryder Cups was 10 points (19-9) by Team USA in 2021.

Winning Ryder Cup Score

Predicting the final Ryder Cup Score is a fun bet for golf bettors which offers rewarding odds for a successful prediction. If we look back at the last 10 Ryder Cups for both teams then their average winning scores would look like this:

  • Team Europe (7 wins): 16.5 - 11.5
  • Team USA (3 wins): 17.5 - 10.5

Success of Ryder Cup Hosts

Team Europe have won the last seven Ryder Cup's staged in Europe dating back to 1997. Team USA remain difficult to beat on 'home soil' with their four Ryder Cup wins in the last eleven renewals all being won when hosting, the latest in 2021 at Whistling Straits. However their last Ryder Cup victory on European soil was at The Belfry in 1993.

Ryder Cup WinsHost WinsVisitor Wins
Europe (including GB/IRE)15114

For more historical Ryder Cup stats and the latest Ryder Cup news head over to the official Ryder Cup website.

Ryder Cup Tipster Competition

If you are a successful golf bettor or just enjoy betting on and watching the golf then look out for our 2025 Ryder Cup Tipster Competition nearer to the event date. Like all tipster competitions on OLBG our Ryder Cup Tipster Competition is FREE to enter with a total prize fund of £100, a total of 15 prizes up for grabs including a top prize of £25.

In addition to our biannual Ryder Cup Tipster Competition, we have an annual Masters Tipster Competition in April plus there is a monthly golf tipster competition throughout the year covering selections on all the main tours. There is £135 in cash prizes to be won every month in our golf tipster competitions so please join in by adding your golf betting tips and test yourself golf tipping prowess alongside OLBG's golf tipsters, it's FREE to play!

Author Information

James Banting writes the words and maintains the data for this Ryder Cup Preview & Betting Tips Guide. As Tipster Competition assistant James works closely with our Golf Tipsters, settling bets and ensuring accuracy in all results which are also utilised in the updates for all the Golf Previews on OLBG

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James is a knowledgeable sports betting specialist with over 20 years of experience in the sports betting industry. Today James focuses on producing informative betting content on the major sporting events throughout the year in Horse Racing and Tennis, as well as contributing to our Cricket and Golf Content.

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