|Sports punters often
cite golf as being one of the most fun games to get involved in as a bet on the
sport can give you an interest across four days.
Find the winner of a
competition that involves more than 100 players isnt easy though but
there are a range of different markets available that can help shift the
chances of winning more in your favour.
The most popular way to bet on golf is by backing a selection in
the outright betting. If you do so with a win bet, your selection needs to come
out on top in the tournament for you to be deemed a winner.
betting is also very popular with outright bets as, depending on the place
terms, you dont always need to find the winner to get paid out. If your
selection is one of the places on offer, you will pick up a return. When there
are fields of 150 plus, the extra places are always welcomed and can give you a
better chance of securing a pay-out.
When betting on the outright
market, look for players who are not only playing well, as form is an important
factor in golf, but those who have a good record at the particular course.
There is so much information
available today on the internet that it does not take long to pull up
previous results of any given tournament.
2. First round
Rather than wait for four days for your golf tournament to
finish, bookmakers offer odds on who will lead after the opening round of 18
holes. This will suit those who prefer a quick result, rather than to sweat it
out for the full 72 holes in the competition.
3. Match bet
a field of 100+ is too daunting for you in golf, match bets narrow the
selections all the way down to two players. A match bet can occur across 18
holes or the full 72 throughout the tournament. Prices will be offered as to
who will fare best out of two players.
4. Top 10 finish
is exactly what is says on the tin in that you are betting on a player to
finish in the top 10 at the end of the tournament. This market is great is you
fancy someone to go really close in your specific competition but you feel they
could just miss out. The bigger the price of the player in the outright
betting, the larger their odds are likely to be in this market.
Top continent/nation player
Betting is available on a range of top
continent or nation markets. For example, on the PGA Tour, the Top European
player is generally popular as the majority of the fields are made up of
Americans so you can reduce the number down considerably. The winner is
determined by the highest position from the group of players from your specific
continent/nation. Check out the betting guide
at Wagered.com for bookies that take bets in your country.
In play betting has grown considerably in recent years
and so much so t that it is now almost as big as the pre-match outright market.
The great thing about in-play betting is you can watch some of the
action in the competition before making your opinion on who you think will win.
This can be done midway through the opening round, going in the final day on
the Sunday or with just a few holes to play in the final round.
If you dont have an opinion on who will win a golf
tournament, a punt on the winning margin will still give you some interest on
the event. Most competitions tend to be won by a small margin so if you fancy a
runway leader, you may be rewarded with big odds.
8. To miss/make to
At the midway stage of most tournaments, around half of the field
leaves the competition, while the other half stay around for the final two
rounds. If you are backing a player to make the cut, they simply have to stay
in the competition for the last 36 holes, in which you are deemed a
9. Hole in one
Hole in ones are becoming more frequent
in golf tournaments and odds are generally available for yes and no before they
get underway. If you are betting on this market, it is always worth looking at
how many par 3s are available at the course as the more there are, the better
chance of one occurring.
10 years ago the odds on a hole in one
occurring used to be around the 33-1 mark, now it is just about odds against
A play-off in golf takes place when two or
more players finish on the same score at the top of a leaderboard after 72
holes. They will then take each other on in a sudden death matchplay format
which usually starts at the 18th hole, but this varies across different
If you do back a play-off to occur in any given
competition, the good news is you dont need to worry about the winner.
Once the 72 holes are complete and there is still a tie at the top of
standings, you will have won your bet.
11. Dual forecast
searching for big returns in golf can look no further than a dual forecast bet.
This is where you select two players before a tournament starts in which you
require them to finish first and second. Unlike with a straight forecast, it
does not matter which player wins or is runner-up, as long as they share out
the top two placings, you have won your bet.
12. Big guns v the
This market basically splits the top three or four in the betting
against the rest of the field. It works particularly well when there is a short
priced favourite as you then have the choice of taking them on, in which you
will have a number of runners in your favour, or by having the market leader on
your side with the second and/or third best in the betting with
13. Group betting
Group betting generally consists of
five players where bets will be taken on who will fare best over mythical 18
and 72 holes. These are similar to match bets but the big difference is the
odds will be much better as you have more than one player to beat with your
14. Double chance
Rather than backing one player in
the outright betting, bookmakers now offer odds on pairings in which you get
two selections for the price of one. Naturally, the odds will be reduced and
reflect the chances of your two players but it will allow you to cheer on more
than one golfer if you want a single bet.
Three balls take place on the opening two rounds of golf
tournaments before the cut when there is a large field. Betting is available on
who will have the best round of the three players which have been grouped
together in the draw. If there is a tie, dead-heat rules apply.
Each nationality that is represented in your
selected golf tournament will be priced up in this market. Depending on where
the event is played, the home nation is likely to be the favourite as they tend
to have the most representation, i.e in a PGA Tour event, American is usually
short in this market.
Handicap markets are very
popular in sports betting and the same can be said in golf. What they aim to do
is give every player an equal chance of winning. They do this by assigning each
golfer with a starting mark, whether that is or +/-. Everybody in the
field would then be the same price in this market.
Sometimes it is best
to avoid the favourites in the handicap betting and look for someone who has
been given a decent start and could outperform that score.
Bookmakers like to come up with a number of specials ahead of
the bigger tournaments on the calendar such as the four majors. These are bets
which are usually specific to a certain player. For example, an individual to
record four or more birdies on their card in a given round.
also be offered on a season-long basis. There are usually a number of them on
offer before the start of the campaign such as how many majors will an