How to Bet on Golf

Jun 13, 2019 9:30 PM EDT
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  • Joshua Perry breaks down how to bet on golf for new bettors and highlights four different bet types to target.
  • Whether you're looking for a longshot to cash big or fading one particular player or something in between, there's a way to get action down to fit your needs.

Golf provides a lot of options for bettors to find value each week.

The wide variety of choice allow bettors to pick their spots carefully and with tournaments basically every week, there’s the chance to be patient each week and wait for a few good spots to attack.

Here are a few of the main type of bets offered each week.

How to Bet on Golf: 4 Bet Types

1. Outright Winners

Outrights are simply betting a guy to win the tournament. These provide the best longshot options in any sport in my opinion.

Even the favorite to win an event will usually pay at least 5-1. It’s also a sport where 100-1 or higher odds hit pretty often.

There are usually a lot of guys in this range, so it can be pretty tough to find the one who can actually win, but they do offer a way to hit a large payout with very little investment.

2. Place bets

These give bettors the option to decide whether players will finish inside the top 5, 10 or 20. These offer less of a payout than outrights obviously, but can keep the bankroll afloat while waiting for an outright winner.

Winning a golf tournament usually requires a bit of luck, but this allows bettors to get a payout when a golfer works their way into contention.

Most of my best bets each week will come from top 20s on players who are in good form and have good course history. You’ll usually still get at least even money on most of these plays.

3. Matchups

Bettors can also pick one golfer straight up against another. Usually it will be players pretty close to the same outright odds, so you’ll see lines pretty close to -110. You’ll never see a Dustin Johnson vs. Jim Furyk matchup posted.

These are great spots to target golfers who are in bad form and fade them when they’re put up against golfers who have been playing better. Certain courses will also favor a specific type of player, whether it’s a guy who hits it a mile off the tee, has a strong approach game or relies heavily on their short game.

This is the chance to identify what type of player fits the course and bet those players against others who aren’t as strong in those areas. These type of bets can be for the full tournament or just one specific round.

4. Props

Lastly, we’ll look at prop bets. We usually see golfers grouped into a variety categories. Books will break them down mostly into country of origin, so you can bet the top American, Englishman, Spaniard and so on.

We’ll also see other types during bigger tournaments like the Masters. Top senior, amateur or lefty.

These offer value on occasions where were can eliminate large portions of the group because of course type or form and whittle it down to a couple of players we think can come out ahead of the rest.

As mentioned, it’s hard to win a tournament, but usually we can figure out what type of player should succeed at a given course and this is another place to take advantage of that knowledge.

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