Unpredictability Abound for US Ryder Cup Team this week
The United States team comes into the Ryder Cup as the defending champions and slight favorites on the road at Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome.
But if the U.S. team is to snap its 30-year streak of not winning on European soil, they will have to take the momentum from the European team early in the competition. Before the teams were announced, Team USA was around at -150 favorite for the event, but now their odds are nearly even: the U.S. team is at -110, whereas Europe is +100.
Plenty of Europe’s team members have finished well and even won at Marco Simone on the DP World Tour over the past few years, but no one on Team USA has played a competitive round on the Italian course. Nine members did travel to Rome for two practice rounds a few weeks ago, with Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, and Jordan Spieth being the ones who didn’t make the trip.
Five of the 12 members of Team USA didn’t win on the PGA Tour this year. But plenty come into the Ryder Cup with momentum, since seven members of the team came in the top 10 at the PGA Tour Championship last month. Justin Thomas, the lone player of the team who didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, did gain some confidence with a top five at the Fortinet Championship two weeks ago.
Scottie Scheffler: The Texan is prepared to the lead the team after going 2-0-1 in his Ryder Cup debut in 2021. Despite two wins on the PGA Tour and top 10s in nearly every event this past season, Scheffler’s putter has been ordinary, ranking 150th in putting on the PGA Tour. That’s a big concern for someone who’s favored in the odds.
Patrick Cantlay: Cantlay didn’t win on the PGA Tour this year, but Cantlay is 3-0 in Team USA competition—two Presidents Cup wins along with the Ryder Cup win two years ago. Cantlay will also surely be paired with friend Xander Schauffele in the first two days of competition.
Xander Schauffele: Speaking of Schauffele, he also didn’t win on tour this year, but his four points in 2021 was the most of any player who’s playing in this year’s edition. Schauffele has also been the model of consistency, finishing outside the top 25 just one time all year.
Collin Morikawa: He doesn’t have a win since the 2021 Open Championship, but Morikawa is showing the form that he had two years ago when many thought he would become the game’s dominant player. Morikawa lost a playoff at the Rocket Mortgage Classic over the summer and finished in the top 25 in all three FedEx Cup playoff events, culminating with a sixth-place finish at the PGA Tour Championship.
Wyndham Clark: The odds for the defending U.S. Open and Wells Fargo Championship winner are favorable at +1600. He doesn’t have any Ryder Cup experience, but he has put up one of the best seasons of anyone on this team, ending the year with a third-place finish in the FedEx Cup standings.
We’re going to pass over Scheffler in favor of Cantlay and Schauffele, as far as favorites go. There’s also plenty of value with Morikawa and Clark. Here are the latest odds for the top Team USA point scorer from JazzSports for the 2023 Ryder Cup.
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