By Eduardo Solano
Golf has evolved into a popular sport to bet on because it is easy to understand and any fan is able to find a way to use their love of the game to make a smart betting decision. Golf tournaments take place almost every week, giving golf bettors exciting opportunities to wager. The market to bet on golf focuses on the PGA Tour, the PGA European Tour and the Majors.
Every year, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) hosts over forty tournaments in the US, the PGA European Tour is an elite professional tour that organizes events around the world and the Majors are the four biggest tournaments of the year, these events feature the top players from the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour.
Now, here’s some important advice you need to consider before picking the golfer you want to bet on:
– Don’t bet on the public’s favorite golfers: You won’t get much value betting on the public’s favorite golfers.
– Do some research: Keep in mind that most tournaments are played on the same course each year; you have to study how a golfer performs on a particular course because there are golfers who play better on some of the courses.
– Trust your insights: If you are a PGA golf fan who has vast knowledge about the sport and you usually know how the tournaments will likely end then you should trust yourself and go find strong bets.
– Know the rankings: Less experienced players can visit sports websites and look at the power rankings for golfers. These rankings can give you a better idea on which golfer to bet on; but, at the end of the day you have to make that decision yourself. Keep learning about golf and you’ll be more prepared to bet on this sport. By now you have read some advice on golf betting, now let’s look at the bet types available.
In golf you can bet on a golfer to win a tournament, bet that a golfer will finish higher than another golfer, bet on a golfer to finish in the top three of a tournament, bet that a golfer will place higher between golfers in a hypothetical group of tournament participants and bet on the golfer that will have the lowest score in a round against two other golfers.
Golfer to win a tournament
You can bet on the outright winner of a tournament. Here’s an example of the money line odds of a golfer to win a tournament:
Tiger Woods + 150
Steve Stricker + 250
Phil Mickelson + 300
Zach Johnson + 700
Lucas Glover + 700
Field + 600
In this example, for every $100 you bet on Steve Stricker you will win $250 if he wins the tournament.
Golfer vs. golfer
In the golfer vs. golfer bets what matters is that the golfer you bet on finishes higher than the other golfer. You don’t have to think about the place the golfer finishes in. The following example of a golfer vs. golfer bet is clear:
Tiger Woods -190
Phil Mickelson +150
Here, if you bet that Tiger Woods will finish higher than Phil Mickelson you have to risk $190 to win $100 and if you bet on Phil Mickelson finishing higher than Tiger Woods you could win $150 for every $100 you risk.
Golfer to finish in the top three of a tournament
In this bet type you will have three opportunities to win the bet, therefore, the odds will be lower than when you bet on a golfer to win a tournament. Using the example for the golfer to win a tournament explanation, the odds for a golfer to finish in the top three of a tournament bet would be:
Tiger Woods – 160
Steve Stricker + 100
Phil Mickelson + 110
Zach Johnson + 200
Lucas Glover + 200
Field – 110
In this case, you have to risk $160 to win $100 in case you bet on Tiger Woods to finish first, second or third. If you bet on Zach Johnson to finish first, second or third you will win $200 for every $100 you risk.
Tournament Group Betting
In a tournament group bet you have to wager on the golfer that you think will place higher between golfers in a hypothetical group of tournament participants. Just as in the golfer vs. golfer bet, you don’t have to think about the place the golfer finishes in as long as he finishes higher than the group of golfers.
3 Ball Betting
This bet type is a variation on the golfer vs. golfer bet. Instead of matching up two golfers for a given tournament, 3 Ball Betting matches up three golfers for a particular round. You can bet on the golfer that you think will have the lowest score in a round against two other golfers.