Like soccer, golf is another popular sport that offers betting markets day in, day out. That’s because golf is another universally played sport worldwide. There’s always a professional tour event going on, whether it’s in Europe, North America or somewhere in the Far East.
Whether you’re a budding golfer that knows their pitching wedge from their eight iron or a newcomer to the sport, you’ve come to the right place if you want to know how to get involved with golf betting and make money from Majors and tour events.
You don’t have to go anywhere else to locate the best value golf odds for any upcoming Major or tour event. At Oddschecker, we display the best available price for golfers in all our markets in bold. This makes it easy for you to maximise your potential returns and get the most out of golf lines that may have been undervalued on certain players.
Oddschecker’s golf pundits and analysts are some of the best in the business and can help you pinpoint value betting opportunities in golf from our picks and parlays page.
The beauty of golf betting is that there are multiple markets you can get involved in. You don’t necessarily need to pick the tournament winner of every golf event you bet on to make money, as we’ll explain in the most common golf betting markets below:
Outright golf betting is undoubtedly the simplest way to bet on golf. Like outright soccer markets where you bet on the eventual winning of a match, outright golf markets require you to select the eventual winner of a golf tournament. If the player you back wins the tournament, you win your bet. If they don’t, you lose your stake to your chosen sportsbook – it’s as simple as that.
Outright golf odds are particularly popular among golf bettors seeking value opportunities on long-shot tournament entrants that may have been undervalued by sportsbook traders. It’s also a handy market for straight betting on tournament favorites if they look too strong for the rest of the field. An example of this would be the first Major of the year in 2020: The PGA Championship, where the tournament favorites include Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy.
3-ball golf betting markets are typically offered by sportsbooks during golf tournaments that are four rounds long. During the first and second round of a four-round golf tournament, players tend to play in groups of three due to the high volume of entrants.
Before each 3-ball group goes out onto the course, sportsbooks will run 3-ball markets that allow you to bet on which of the three players in a particular group will score the lowest round. For the wager to be valid, all three players must finish all 18 holes. It’s a great way to tune in and get involved with the live action that unfolds on your TV screen.
Picking the winner of a golf tournament with well over 100 entrants can seem like something of a lottery. Just take a look at the US Open market or the PGA market and you’ll soon discover the sheer size of the tournament fields. If you don’t fancy your chances of finding the overall winner, you can always try the each way golf markets.
By placing an each way bet on a player to win the tournament, you’re actually placing two equal bets on the player. Firstly, to win the tournament and secondly, to ‘place’ in the event. A ‘place’ finish depends on the terms of your chosen sportsbook. In some of the biggest tournaments, such as the golf Majors, a player can be placed for finishing inside the top six or even eight. Most sportsbooks will pay out a quarter or a fifth of the original odds for a place finish.
The golf Majors are considered to be the four most prestigious golf tournaments staged annually in professional golf. They get the most coverage worldwide due to their illustrious nature. Each Major boasts their own distinctive characteristics that make each event a unique challenge in their own right. In order of play throughout a typical season, the four golf Majors are:
• The Masters Tournament – usually staged in April at the Augusta National Golf Club
• The PGA Championship – usually staged in May at various locations across the U.S.
• The U.S. Open – usually staged in June at various locations across the U.S.
• The Open Championship – usually staged in July at one of ten links courses across the UK
We’ve already touched on the fact that The Masters is staged in April. The Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia typically schedules the annual tournament for the weekend ending the second Sunday in April.
The first Masters Tournament was held way back in March 22 1934, launched by prestigious amateur golf champion, Bobby Jones and an investor, Clifford Roberts.
If you want to know the likely contenders for the next Masters Tournament, be sure to check out our regularly updated Masters market.
Here's the last 10 winners of the Masters:
|Winners||Tiger Woods||Patrick Reed||Sergio Garcia||Danny Willett||Jordan Spieth||Bubba Watson||Adam Scott||Bubba Watson||Charl Schwartzel||Phil Mickelson|
The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf competition involving the best men’s golfers in the U.S. and Europe. Team USA and Team Europe do battle every two years at venues that alternate between courses in the U.S. and Europe. Europe comfortably defeated USA in 2018 at Le Golf National in Guyancourt by a score of 17-and-a-half to ten-and-a-half.
This means that subsequent Ryder Cups are to be scheduled in the following sequence:
• 2020 – staged in the U.S.
• 2022 – staged in Europe
• 2024 – staged in the U.S.
• 2026 – staged in Europe
• 2028 – staged in the U.S. and so on.
Keen to know whether the leading sportsbooks favor Team Europe or Team USA for the next Ryder Cup? Check out our regularly updated Ryder Cup market for the latest golf odds.
Most golf enthusiasts would agree that the mantel for the world’s greatest ever golfer is probably shared between two men – Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.
Woods has more PGA tour titles to his name, compared to Nicklaus, but Nicklaus comes out on top when it comes to the number of golf Majors won. Fortunately for Tiger Woods there is still time on his side to eclipse the record set by Nicklaus and become the greatest of all time in his own right.
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