Golf Betting — Basic Wagers
Thinking of betting on golf? Here some information that will help you stay out of the sand trap and rough when PGA tour betting.
When betting on golf the two most common wagers are putting money on the golfer that you think will win (Betting to Win) or wagering on match-ups (Match-up Betting). Various sportsbooks offer different variations and choices when it comes to these types of wagers and golf betting in general.
Betting to Win
This is the most common golf betting opportunity with the PGA tournament schedule running almost every week throughout the year. That means you’ll have around 50 wagering opportunities from January through December.
Top golfers, anywhere from two to 10, are usually listed somewhere from 5/1 to 14/1. An additional three dozen will carry odds ranging from 15/1 to 200/1. That leaves approximately 40 or more who are not listed individually but rather found under the category of the field. These are lesser-known and less accomplished pros. You can wager on everyone else-- the field—at odds of around 10/1.
Some sports betting sites also offer futures PGA tour betting & wagering on the four major tournaments—the Masters, the PGA Championship, the US Open and the British Open. As with any futures wagering (the term “futures” refers to placing a bet on an event weeks or months before it occurs), you’ll usually get higher odds even on favorites because this type of bet is more risky due to the fact that it’s tough to tell how a particular player will perform that far ahead of time. Four months before the Masters is played, who knows if Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson or Vijay Singh will be at the top of their game? You could see these leading pros listed at 10/1 or maybe even 12/1 in futures betting and at 5/1 or 6/1 the week of the tournament.
With this type of wager in golf betting, sportsbooks will pit one golfer against another in head-to-head competition. Because oddsmakers create these match-ups, they vary from site to site. It’s a good idea to check out numerous online wagering sites to see which one offers what you determine to be a good mismatch. For more information on this type of pga golf betting read our golf betting lines page which explains how the betting side of the golf odds work.
As with any type of wagering, you should get to know the sport and the players first. Betting in the dark or on a hunch lessens your chances of winning. At Maddux Sports our handicappers don't give out golf selections but there are sites that provide golf pick services that can be very helpful. These services tend to be competitively priced and are especially useful to the long-term bettor. Whether or not you decide to use a golf handicapper, our article on making accurate golf picks is a must read for the golf bettor.