Golf Betting Rules When a Player Withdraws, Gets Disqualified: Make/Missed Cut, Matchups, Futures

Golf Betting Rules When a Player Withdraws, Gets Disqualified: Make/Missed Cut, Matchups, Futures article feature image

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Your golfer withdraws from a tournament, for injury or any other reason (like Scottie Scheffler getting detained before his round). How will a sportsbook grade your bet?

Here are the general rules of thumb and how most major United States sportsbooks handle things, but always check your specific book for rules.

FanDuel, for example, requires players to play three holes for bets to stand. Otherwise, bets will be refunded. Most other books will keep your money if the player has teed off, but refund you if they withdraw before teeing off.

  • If a player withdraws before the tournament or before he tees off, all bets will be void and your money will be refunded.
  • If a player withdraws during Round 1 or Round 2, you'll lose all bets in most cases. That includes outrights, finishing position bets like top 20s, and matchups. A withdrawal in Round 1 or 2 will count as a missed cut.
  • If you bet a player live during the tournament and they withdraw, your bets will lose. They won't be void.
  • If you bet a matchup and the player you bet against withdraws, you will win your bet as long as your golfer continues playing.
  • If a player withdraws in Round 3 or 4 but has already made the cut, the made cut bet will stand. Matchups in which the other player did not make the cut will also stand. But if both players are still playing, your bet will be a loser.

Here's the language from a few key U.S. sportsbooks.


Bets stand once the players have teed off the first hole. If a player withdraws, whichever player completes the most holes is deemed the winner. If both players complete the same number of holes, the player with the lowest score is deemed the winner.


A player must play 3 holes in a market for bets to stand. If a player withdraws before finishing the 3rd hole, they will be considered as having not played and all bets on the player will be voided.

So if you bet a player to win and he withdraws after one hold in Round 1, your bet would be void, but not if he withdraws after one hole in Round 2. But if you bet a Round 2 matchup and the player you bet against withdraws after the first hole on day two, it will be void.


If a golfer withdraws before the start of a tournament, all futures bets on that player will be refunded, unless otherwise specified.


A player is deemed to have started once they have teed off. If the player withdraws after teeing off then the selection will be resulted as a loser.


Bets will be cancelled for any player who does not start the tournament. If a player withdraws at any stage after starting the tournament, bets will be settled as losers.

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