The Ryder Cup dates back to 1927 and is named after Samuel Ryder,
who sponsored the trophy and paid members of the winning team a
fiver each. The first match, then between the British and the
Americans, was held at the Worcester Country Club in
In 1973 players from the Republic of Ireland were invited to join
the Great Britain team and in 1979 the competition really started
to take shape when players from other European countries were
eligible to join the team. Stars like Seve Ballesteros and
Bernhard Langer bolstered "Team Europe", as they became known, and
made the contest a lot less one-sided.
In fact, Team Europe pretty much owns the Ryder Cup in the past
25 years, being the winning team 8 of the last 12 times. The
defending champions heading into the 2010 event in Wales are the
Americans, however, after they crushed Europe in the 2008 event in
Kentucky winning by 16.5 points - 11.5 points.
The format of the Ryder Cup with four-ball matches followed by a
day of high-intensity match play games (the singles) lends itself
to betting, as punters can bet on individual matches as well the
overall winner and on how many points each player will earn for
2012 Ryder Cup Betting Odds
Going into the 2012 Ryder Cup which starts on Friday, September
28 at Medinah Coutry Club in Medinah Illinois, and runs until Sunday, September 30, many of America's and Europe's top players will be in attendance.
These include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyck and Steve
Stricker for the home team, and Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Ian
Poulter and Lee Westwood for the visitors.
However, most eyes will be on Woods and his Northern Irish nemisis
McIlroy, who has a had a solid 2012, and appears to get better
with every tournament he plays in. The Ryder Cup tournament is
always a feast for golf betting, and this year's event will be no
different, as the host of 2012 Ryder Cup betting lines attest
Click on our a Bookmaker logo on the right to compare the latest and most competitive 2012 Ryder Cup odds.