|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.
Unless you are betting
on a matchplay format, every shot matters towards your bet so you get
great value for your stake
that you may have placed at betfair.com.
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.
Here are 18 ways to bet on
1. Outright betting
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
Bookmakers open betting on golf tournament in the lead up to
the event in which they price every participant up in a market. The majority
then continue to bet on the winner during the four days until the final hole
when the leading golfer is awarded the first prize.
Each-way 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.
Like an outright winner
bet, each-way terms are normally offered so you may only need to hit the top
five in the first round leaderboard for a return.
Look out for players
who often make a strong start to events. You will be surprised how often these
golfers top the standings in the early stages but fade as they get closer to
the winning line.
3. Match bet
If 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
Prices will be offered as to who will fare best out of
two players. These may be mythical as they wont always be paired together
in a round but you will often find prices for the parings as it is very logical
for the bookmakers to offer prices on these ties.
In match betting if
you an opinion about a certain player, whether it is positive or negative, you
can hopefully make it pay. You will need to assess the chances of both golfers
before making your decision.
The odds you receive in a match bet tend to
be around the even money mark as bookmakers like to pair together similar
priced players in the outright betting.
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
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
In some cases there may only be a handful of players
from a certain nation. If you have a strong feeling about how particular golfer
will do in a tournament, have a look at their price in their respective top
continent/nation market as you may be able to find some good value.
6. Betting in-play
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
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
If you have had already made a selection pre-tournament, in-play
markets allow you the opportunity to build your portfolio of bets as the action
nears a conclusion. You may have backed the leader before the competition got
underway and there is realistically only one other player which can catch you.
What some people do in this instance is hedge their bets by backing the other
golfer to ensure a profit if either of them win.
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
The odds on these markets are not always great, unless you are
going against the grain, i.e backing one of the favourites to miss the cut
which should be available at attractive odds.
It can be quite exciting
to follow your player in the second round when they float around the cut mark
as often it can come down to their final shot with regards to survival or
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 mark.
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
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.
Although this is very
difficult to predict, you are rewarded if successful as the odds tend to be
high which means you only have to bet small stakes to pick up big returns. It
is also encouraged to have more than one bet in this market to give yourself a
better chance of being successful.
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.
four majors, three ball betting is very popular as the organisers tend to put
together at least two exciting three ball groups which involve the biggest
names in the sport. This tempts punters into having a play in this market as
these players tend to pick up the most television coverage so you get to see
every shot from their round,
16. Winning nationality
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.
Specials can 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 individual win.