Golf Betting Notes at SBG Global

November 30th, 2010 Golf Betting

Golf betting at sportsbooks involves two main options. You have the option to bet a golfer to win the tournament or you can bet matchups. Let’s look at both of those golf betting options.

Golf betting involving a golfer to win a tournament means you need to select the right golfer to win. You will find odds ranging from 3-1 on someone like Tiger Woods to golfers that have odds of 100-1 or more.  You also want to be aware that not all the golfers in a PGA golf tournament may be individually listed to win, so another golf betting option is the “field” bet which includes the golfers the sportsbook thinks has very little chance to win.

Golf is a sport that seems to have more upsets in terms of golf betting tournament winners than other sports, although Tiger Woods sometimes ruins that theory.  The good news when you bet on a golfer to win a golf betting games tournament that Tiger is in is that you get great golf betting odds.  The bad news is that Tiger has a good chance to win any golf betting games tournament he enters.

What you might want to focus on with golf betting at sportsbooks is matchups.  These head-to-head matchups are created by sportsbooks and pit one golfer against another even though they are actually competing against everyone in the golf betting games tournament.  You only care about your golfer finishing better than the other golfer.  Golf betting matchups are based on a money line and look like this:

Phil Mickelson  +170
Tiger Woods      -200

In this example if you liked Woods you would risk $200 for every $100 you wanted to win or the 2/1 equivalent and you would win $170 for every $100 you bet on Mickelson or the 10/17 equivalent. Different sportsbooks will often feature different golf betting matchups so shop around for a golf betting matchup that you really think has value.

Some sportsbooks will also allow have golf betting futures on the four major PGA tournaments.  You can look at golf betting futures on golfers to win the Masters, U.S. Open, PGA and British Open.  You might get better value on a golfer well in advance of the golf betting games tournament, especially if they are not as well known.

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