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Ryder Cup: PGA Golf Pick, Odds, Preview, Predictions, Dark Horses - 9/28/18

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

After finally hitting with Tiger Woods last week at +1400 odds, we now turn our attention to the always exciting Ryder Cup, which will take place this year at the Le Golf National in France. Both teams are well stacked and the margin of error is sure to be slim for both sides. 

Let’s look at some bets for this week’s event.

Win Outright: USA -120

The United States hasn’t won outside of the mainland since 1993 when the event was held in Warwickshire. While that gives team Europe a reason to be confident, team US hasn’t been as stacked as it is now in quite some time. USA not only includes three of the top four players in the world, but some guy named Tiger Woods is playing his best golf in half a decade, Phil Mickelson is also playing well and brings experience, and Patrick Reed has a thing for showing up in this tournament. Sure, Team Europe is never anything to sneeze at, but USA brought the heat this year and it would be kind of surprising if it didn’t come home with the trophy. The fact you can get this price with this team is a must-play. 

To Lift Trophy: USA -150

For the slim chance there’s a tie, you can pay extra juice and just side with USA to get the job done. It would be a huge disappoint for the Americans to lose with the team they’re bringing across the pond.

Handicap: USA -2.5 +137

Six of the last eight Ryder Cups have been decided by at least three points, so don’t be afraid to eat some numbers with whatever team you like. We’re getting some nice plus money here while asking the far more talented, deeper team to get the job done by a reasonable margin. History suggests this wager will cash if Team USA shows up.

Top Points Scorer Europe: Justin Rose +450 

Justin Rose is not only considered the top golfer in the world right now, but he’s highly experienced in the Ryder Cup and brings a 9-3-2 record with him to this years event. Of course, Rose was huge in Europe getting the job done back in 2012. Rose is not only a better player than he was back then, but you don’t have to worry about him coming up small when the pressure gets big. 

Top Points Scorer USA: Patrick Reed +1200

If you’re looking for a real dark horse bet this week, Patrick Reed being the leading points scorer for the US is worth a play. Reed loves playing the villain and will be eager to hush the crowd whenever he gets the chance. In two Ryder Cup appearances, Reed carries an impressive 6-1-2 record. While you can make a strong case for many players on this team, Reed seems undervalued given his history at this tournament, despite the small sample size.

Top Wildcard: Tiger Woods +275

Have you watched golf the last month and did you see what Tiger just did at the Tour Championship? He’s back. Don’t bet against Tiger. Don’t do it.

Hole In One: Yes +450

Might as well take a shot with all this talent across the board. Oh, and it certainly beats laying -800 odds and sweating every shot.

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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