How to bet golf

Jun 10, 2017 |
How to bet golf
Sportsbooks will offer odds on every player to win a golf tournament in the field while others will have odds on perhaps a handful of golfers, maybe a couple dozen, and the option of a “Field” bet.
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Sportsbooks will offer odds on every player to win a golf tournament in the field while others will have odds on perhaps a handful of golfers, maybe a couple dozen, and the option of a “Field” bet.
Photo By - USA Today Images

As an individual sport, the standard bet in golf is on who will win that week’s tournament. Some sportsbooks will offer odds on every player in the field while others will have odds on perhaps a handful of golfers, maybe a couple dozen, and the option of a “Field” bet, with such a wager covering every other golfer in that week’s field. Each option has odds, which determine the payout should you win your bet.

For example, Golfer A is a +1,200 favorite to win this week’s tournament. If you wager $100 on Golfer A prior to the tournament starting, and that golfer wins, you will collect $1,200 in profit. Some sportsbooks continue to adjust players’ odds throughout the tournament, but the process is the same. For example, Golfer B is +2,000 before the tournament starts, but is vying for the lead heading into the final round and is now +700. A bettor could wager on Golfer B ahead of that final round, with a $100 wager returning $700 if Golfer B wins.

Golf also offers betting on head-to-head matchups, which pit two players against each other and bettors can wager on one of the other to post a better round or tournament finish. Such matchups come with moneyline prices on each golfer. For example, Golfer A is a -160 favorite to have a better finish than Golfer B, who is a +140 underdog. For every $1 you want to win with a bet on Golfer A, you need to wager $1.60 while every $1 bet on Golfer B will win $1.40. In order to win $100 betting Golfer A, you would need to bet $160 while a $100 bet on Golfer B will win $140.

There are other alternative wagers in golf betting, such as three-player matchups, nationality props, final score totals, as well as round and tournament props.


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