Last year, the United States exacted its revenge over Europe in Wisconsin’s thrilling Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. In 2023, the fun will move across the pond.
The 2023 Ryder Cup heads to Italy, as the U.S. and Europe will tee off against one another for the 44th time. Fans will see 24 of golf’s best players compete across three days in the sport’s most excellent biennial contest.
Some of the bookies worldwide have already listed the odds for the Ryder Cup. One of the most popular iGaming brand, BetMGM has listed Europe at +175, while the US at -175. And those who are interested in risk-free bets can sign up using the BetMGM bonus code and also get a special offer.
The Ryder Cup pits 12 American golfers against 12 of their European counterparts. Each player competes in 18-hole match play contests, ranging from foursome and fourball matchups on the first two days to 1-v-1 singles play on the third and final day.
Every matchup is worth one point, with a tie netting each team half a point. In the end, the first team to reach 14-and-a-half points is the winner.
The U.S. and Europe slightly differ when it comes to the selection process. For the Red, White, and Blue, the top-six money earners automatically qualify. At the same time, the other six are selected by the team captain (traditionally an older player who’s not competing).
Meanwhile, Europe’s process is a bit more convoluted. First, the top-four point-getters on the Euro Tour earn a spot, as do the leading five players on the world point list — assuming they don’t already qualify. Finally, the captain chooses the last three players.
The 2023 edition of the Ryder Cup was initially scheduled for 2022. However, the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the 2020 tournament to ‘21, affecting its successors. The U.S. and Europe will tee off on September 29 through October 1, 2023, at Marco Simone Golf and Country Club in Rome, Italy.
Even though the U.S.A. squad will fly into Rome as the defending victors, it will enter Italy as decisive underdogs. The Americans haven’t won a Ryder Cup in Europe since 1993, a narrow 15-13 victory at The Belfry in England. Additionally, Team Europe has won seven of the last 10 Ryder Cups regardless of location.
That said, the U.S.’ dominance at Whistling Straits was impressive. Boasting its youngest roster in Ryder Cup history, Team U.S.A. defeated Europe 19-9, the most significant margin of victory since 1967.
First-time players made up half of the U.S. roster, including points leader Collin Morikawa, 2021 FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, and the newest Masters champion Scottie Scheffler. The Red, White, and Blue also featured Major winners Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Brooks Koepka.
Europe, meanwhile, boasted a more-experienced squad at Whistling Straits. With only three first-timers, including 2019 Open Championship winner Shane Lowry, the Euros had 2021 U.S. Open champ Jon Rahm and four-time Major winner Rory McIlroy shouldering the load. Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia were also competing in their 11th and 10th Ryder Cups.
So who can we expect to see in Italy next year? For one, American Zach Johnson and Swede Henrik Stenson will serve as the new captains, replacing Steve Stricker and Padraig Harrington. But beyond that, it’s too early to tell.
However, many of the sports’ best players should continue to dominate well next year. We should expect guys like Morikawa, Rahm, Cantlay, and Thomas to travel to Rome for a Ryder Cup encore. There are also bound to be a few new players, like American Will Zalatoris or Scot Robert MacIntyre.
With the game’s finest players competing for national pride and a sea of loud, energetic fans behind them, the Ryder Cup is a must-watch event for golf fans. The upcoming edition in 2023 will be no exception.