Team Europe has won six of the last seven Ryder Cup tournaments over the United States, including wins in each of the last three events. Despite Europe's domination over the last two decades, the team will enter this year's tournament as an underdog.
Europe is going off as a +145 underdog to win this event in Minnesota at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Americans are a commanding -185 favorite to win the Ryder Cup this year on home soil.
After failing to pick up a tournament win through the entire regular season, Rory McIlroy is suddenly the hottest golfer in the world with wins in the Deutsche Bank Championship and the TOUR Championship in the postseason.
McIlroy leads a European team that includes Danny Willett, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, and Lee Westwood. Willett came out of nowhere to win the Masters back in April, but has failed to crack the top 35 in each of his last five PGA tournament appearances.
In addition to having the advantage of playing for the Ryder Cup in 2016 on its home soil, Team USA also has the deeper team this season on paper.
Four players that finished in the top nine of the FedExCup standings are on the United States' team this year in Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Ryan Moore, and Jordan Spieth. The four golfers combined for seven PGA Tour wins in 2016 with Johnson leading the pack with three. Team USA also includes Phil Mickelson, Matt Kuchar, and Rickie Fowler.
Bettors that want to wager on more than just which team will win the Ryder Cup have plenty of options thanks to prop betting. One point of interest in this year's Ryder Cup will be the play of the rookies, with Europe having six rookie players on their roster to just two for the United States.
Willett is a +300 favorite to be the top rookie for Team Europe over Matthew Fitzpatrick (+400), Thomas Pieters (+400), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (+400), Andy Sullivan (+550), and Chris Wood (+600). For the United States, Moore (-110) and Brooks Koepka (-120) will battle to be the best newcomer on the team.