The Ryder Cup is one of the best events in sports, and the drama between the United States and European teams has become so compelling that even off-years in the biennial competition inspire a lot of chatter.
With the 2020 Ryder Cup now less than a year away from being played at Whistling Straits' Straits Course in Kohler, Wis., the time is now to start wondering who will prevail.
Historically, the home team is favored in the Ryder Cup matches. This time, the American side is hosting under the watchful eye of captain Steve Stricker, who has taken the reins in his home state. He is a first-time captain in the Ryder Cup, but he was the successful leader of the American Presidents Cup team in 2017 as the US demolished the Internationals at Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. The Americans nearly completed an unprecedented victory on the third day of the four-day event, almost rendering the 12 singles matches on Sunday a moot point.
However, the Internationals aren't quite on the same level as the Europeans, who have managed to win on American soil in recent memory, including the 2004 and 2012 matches. The 2012 match, dubbed the Miracle at Medinah, matched the biggest final-day comeback in Ryder Cup history, with the Europeans coming back from four points down ahead of the final slate of 12 matches to win.
The Americans, on the other hand, have struggled to win on the road. In fact, the American team hasn't won the Ryder Cup on the road since 1993. The Americans were high-powered coming into France in 2018 before being embarrassed with a lack of team unity and an uninspired performance at Le Golf National.
Those trends are really the most we can say with certainty about what could happen in 2020. Stricker will have a long while to wait before his team takes shape based on automatic qualifiers and his captain's picks. The same is true for 2020 European captain Padraig Harrington, who will look to bring his thrice-winning major experience to bear to inspire his 12 players.
MyBookie has the Americans as a very early -130 favorite to win the 2020 Ryder Cup. That means a bettor has to bet $130 to win $100 in profit. The Europeans are +137 to win the Ryder Cup outright, offering some slight juice in favor of the road team.
There are 11-to-1 (+1100) odds that the matches end in a 14-14 tie. That has rarely happened.
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