Ryder Cup Odds After Day 1 Are Shocking After Europe Takes Commanding Lead

Team Europe is a massive favorite to win the 2023 Ryder Cup after dominating Friday's action.

Sep 29, 2023; Rome, ITA; Team Europe golfer Tommy Fleetwood and golfer Rory McIlroy celebrate on the
Sep 29, 2023; Rome, ITA; Team Europe golfer Tommy Fleetwood and golfer Rory McIlroy celebrate on the / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The first day of the 2023 Ryder Cup is in the books and while many people thought Europe would get off to a hot start, nobody expect this result.

Europe swept the first session, winning all four matches to go up 4-0. For the majority of the second session, Team USA looked like it was going to gain at least some ground on Europe. That was until they blew three different matches on the 18th hole.

Now, all of a sudden, Europe is undefeated at the end of the first day and have taken a commanding 6.5-1.5 lead.

As a result, the odds have become completely lopsided.

Ryder Cup Odds After Friday

Europe has a five point lead heading into Saturday and it is now a -550 favorite. That is an implied probability of 84.62% that Europe will lift the trophy. At +600, Team USA has just a 14.29% of winning the Ryder Cup.

Can USA Still Win the Ryder Cup?

I have good news for American golf fans. A comeback this big isn't unheard of in Ryder Cup history.

Everyone knows about the "Miracle at Medinah." Europe was down 10-4 with two matches left to play on Saturday at the 2012 Ryder Cup but it eventually stormed back to win by a final score of 14.5-13.5.

USA now has a chance to get its revenge from that heartbreaking defeat, now finding itself in the complete opposite situation in Marco Simone. While it's still a huge deficit to overcome, USA is down five points before Saturday tees off, Europe was down six with only two matches left to go on Saturday.

If the Americans can pull off the improbable comeback, it'll be cathartic for them as they exorcise their demons from 2012.

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