Guide to Golf Betting and Picks
The Professional Golfers Association is not the same with other professional sports that are very popular today. It is different because it is particularly an individual sport instead of a team effort. Similar to the MMA or professional tennis, golf betting also means betting on the individual performance of professional athletes.
Outside team events such as the Ryder Cup, golf bettors lay bets on athletes who perform against each other. Professional tournaments in golf happen weekly from early spring until the end of fall. The expanded coverage on television has provided public viewing of popular and fewer golf tournaments and leagues over the decades.
Pros and Cons of Golf Betting
Golf tournaments usually last for 4 days or more (if a playoff is extended) so there are a lot of ups and downs on single or sets of bets. The lead changes, as well as the final-day heroics, have a constant presence, which makes placing golf bets more chaotic. The volatility of golf is very exciting for some punters who are seeing the equality of best golfers around the world as a hurdle that needs to be conquered instead of a weakness that has to be endured.
The clear advantage of professional golf bettors to other sports is that the best golf players around the world are competing against each other in a head-to-head manner on a regular basis throughout a season. Not all professional golfers participate in tournaments but they do on the Major tourneys of the sport so that they can see the competition of the best athletes of the sport many times over the entire season. This can relatively open up handicap opportunities for some bettors who are interested in crunching numbers as well as comparing the one-on-one performance of players.
What are the Types of Golf Bets?
Since golf is played individually, betting on tournament outcomes is very different from that of Major League Baseball or the NHL betting. Below is a breakdown of the popular types of bets on professional golf tournaments.
Odds Betting (Bettors bet on individual golfers to win a tournament)
In the odds betting, the best performers of a tournament are assigned with different odds by the bookmakers so they may win outright. It is easy to read the odds. Players will be listed by name with the payout for the successful bettor. E.g. Sergio Garcia +250, Rory McIlroy +150, and so on.
Head-to-Head Betting (Bet is on which of the 2 athletes will be performing better in the tourney)
Rather than betting on the outright winner, bettors lay bets on different head-to-head tournaments that are defined by different sports books. Here, choosing which of the 2 golfers is going to finish on a higher rank than the other is an easier proposition instead of selecting an overall winner. This is usually a money line bet.
Top 3 Finish Betting (Bet on the athlete who will finish the tourney in a top 3 position)
Since bettors have to pick a player who they believe will finish the tournament in the top 3, this bet is easier compared to overall winnings. Odds of winning are high and the payout is quite lower.
Parlay Betting (Combination of many bets)
Golf parlays are also a combination of multiple bets in a single bet. Parlay options may vary from a book to another. Bettors can bet on the positions of different golfers in the top 10 finish, combo parlay of head-to-head competitions and other combinations. The more bets combined in parlay betting, the more the payout increases because of longer odds.
Proposition Bets (Bets on single propositions among tournament entrants)
PGA proposition bets are similar like the prop bets in other popular sports wherein bettors will bet on the individual performance or events in a tournament. Proposition bets in golf are ranging from the generic field prop bets to bets on the performance of athletes. This bet is very exciting to watch on play out but is also risky because of the odds.
What are the Golf Events that You Must Bet On?
1. National Pro-Am – This event is held at the Pebble Beach and happens early every year which allows bettors to get a closer look at the professional players who are fresh from the off-season. This also features some amateur players that are expected to be professionals in the future. This event is hard to handicap because it happens very early in the professional season but it is one of the exciting golf events every year.
2. The Majors – This event is a collective name given to 4 different golf tournaments that are considered the most prestigious and important every year. It is made up of the US Open, Masters Tournament, PGA Championship and Open Championship. The top-performing golfers around the world show up to compete in head-to-head competitions in this event.
3. The Ryder Cup – The Ryder Cup is a unique event for professional golf bettors. This major event is an international tournament of the team players coming from Europe and the USA. These 2 squads will battle to brag their rights every 2 years. This is a must-bet event because it is a rare tournament in professional golf where the whole squad should be handicapped instead of just a single athlete.
Tips on Professional Golfers Association Betting
Here are some tips for you to consider before betting on professional golf tournaments:
Golf is normally and exclusively played outdoors. The fact that tournaments usually last 4 days and more means that weather plays an important role and has a huge impact in professional golf leagues and PGA. Strong winds can significantly impact field and individual performances and rain can cause tournaments to be postponed and extended.
There are big variations between the courses that are used in PGA tournaments. That is why it is very important for you to consider the way particular golfers will battle against courses. An athlete may play better at longer courses while professionals prefer the pressure of difficult courses.