Golf Betting 101

Golf Betting 101

The PGA tour golf season lasts about 10 months culminating with the chase for the Fed Ex Cup Playoffs at the end of the season. If you throw in the LPGA tour and the European Tour there are plenty of betting options available all year round for the golf bettor. Betting on golf is simple. There are 3 main ways to do it: Futures betting, one round matchups, and full tournament matchups.

At the beginning of a golf tournament before any shot has been played, bookmakers will put out a futures line for almost every participant in the tournament. This is a list of the 2014 Quicken Loans Tournament played at Congressional:

Tiger Woods 10/1
Jason Day 13/1
Jordan Spieth 14/1
Justin Rose 15/1
Keegan Bradley 22/1
Brandt Snedeker 25/1
Bill Haas 30/1
Jason Dufner 30/1
K.J. Choi 30/1
Gary Woodland 30/1
Webb Simpson 30/1
Brendon Todd 35/1
Billy Horschel 40/1
Hunter Mahan 45/1
Marc Leishman 45/1
Ryan Palmer 50/1
J.B. Holmes 55/1
Charley Hoffman 55/1
Aaron Baddeley 55/1
Brendon De Jonge60/1
Carl Pettersson 65/1
Ben Martin 70/1
Nick Watney 70/1
Patrick Reed 70/1
Brian Harman 70/1
Kevin Chappell 70/1
Brendan Steele 70/1
Charles Howell III 70/1
Robert Garrigus 75/1
Matt Every 85/1
Erik Compton 85/1
Pat Perez 85/1
Bo Van Pelt 85/1
Rory Sabbatini 95/1
Stewart Cink 100/1
Russell Henley 100/1
Seung-Yul Noh 100/1
Ernie Els 100/1
Daniel Summerhays100/1
Retief Goosen 100/1
George McNeill 100/1
Martin Flores 100/1
Morgan Hoffmann 110/1
Brian Davis 110/1
James Hahn 130/1
John Huh 130/1
Roberto Castro 130/1
Bud Cauley 130/1
Cameron Tringale130/1
Russell Knox 130/1
Andrew Svoboda 130/1
Camilo Villegas 130/1
Chesson Hadley 130/1
Sang-Moon Bae 130/1
Robert Streb 150/1
Ben Curtis 150/1
Andres Romero 170/1
Tim Wilkinson 170/1
Billy Hurley III170/1
J.J. Henry 170/1
Michael Putnam 170/1
Jhonattan Vegas 170/1
Martin Laird 170/1
Patrick Rodgers 170/1
Will MacKenzie 170/1
Scott Brown 170/1
Nicholas Thompson170/1
Stuart Appleby 170/1
Shawn Stefani 170/1
Danny Lee 170/1
David Lingmerth 180/1
Scott Stallings 200/1
Vijay Singh 220/1
Kevin Kisner 220/1
Justin Hicks 220/1
Mike Weir 220/1
Patrick Cantlay 220/1
Spencer Levin 220/1
Johnson Wagner 220/1
Robert Allenby 220/1
Ricky Barnes 220/1
Charlie Wi 220/1
James Driscoll 220/1
Jonathan Byrd 220/1
Ted Potter Jr. 220/1
William McGirt 220/1
Sean O’ Hair 240/1
Bryce Molder 240/1
Jason Bohn 240/1
Mark Wilson 250/1
Josh Teater 250/1
Richard H. Lee 250/1
Harrison Frazar 250/1
Tyrone Van Aswegen250/1
Wes Roach 250/1
Derek Ernst 250/1
Troy Merritt 250/1
Charlie Beljan 250/1
Andrew Loupe 250/1
Brice Garnett 250/1
Greg Chalmers 250/1
Trevor Immelman 250/1
Kyle Stanley 250/1
John Merrick 250/1
Steven Bowditch 250/1
Davis Love III 250/1

As you can see there are some very attractive prices for each golfer. Even Tiger Woods can be had at 10/1 meaning for every $100 you wager you would win $1000 if he were to win the tournament. A flyer on someone like Greg Chalmers at 250 to 1 would net you $25000 for every $100 wagered if he were to win. Golf is a fickle sport and very hard to predict who will win each particular week. There are however very attractive prices for attempting to do so.

Another form of golf betting is demonstrated by the following line:

(First Round Match-up)
Spieth +120
Woods -130

Here we revert to money line wagering. The books put Tiger Woods as a -130 favorite against Jordan Spieth in the first round. You are simply wagering who will end the first round with a better (lower number) score. If you like Woods you would need to risk $130 to win $100 and if you prefer Spieth you would win $120 for every $100 wagered plus your original stake. Each night of a tournament odds makers re-adjust their lines and set up new lines for each day. So there will be 2nd round, 3rd round, and final round match-ups in addition to the first round match-ups.

Finally you can wager on full tournament match-ups. This is how two players will fare against each other over the course of a full tournament.

(72 hole match-up)
Spieth +145
Woods -155

The same rules as individual round match-ups apply except it’s over the course of 72 holes and not just one day. If you choose a golfer that makes the cut and your opponent fails to make the cut you can win as early as Friday evening on these wagers.

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There are 3 main forms of golf betting: Futures betting, one round matchups, and full tournament matchups. Golf is a fickle sport however so bet with care!

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