Now is as good a time as any to try online golf betting, especially with so much interest in the sport led by golf champions, like Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, and Jordan Spieth.
Also in the spotlight are the other golf superstars, like Xander Schauffele, Matthew Wolff, Viktor Hovland, Matt Kuchar, Hideki Matsuyama, Henrik Stenson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Cantlay, Gary Woodland, Sungjae Im, and Charl Schwartzel.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Shane Lowry, Tony Finau, Tyrrell Hatton, Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Cameron Smith, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, and Ian Poulter continue to enjoy huge following and support from their fans.
Other golfing greats include Marc Leishman, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Wallace, Jim Furyk, Kevin Kisner, Martin Kaymer, Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker, Graeme McDowell, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Jason Day, Tommy Fleetwood, and Danny Willett.
Golf Betting Odds and Bet Types
On our tote board, you’ll see a list of golfers and values next to them. When you see a number with a + or minus in front of it, you’re dealing with American betting odds.
Negative numbers signify the favorite player that’s expected to win the match. These numbers also indicate how much you need to bet to earn $100.
A positive means you’re looking at the underdog. The number indicates how much you’ll win if you bet $100, and the player you picked wins.
For example, if someone is -110 to win a golf matchup, you would have to bet $110 to win $100 in return, getting a total of $210 back for winning ($110 you’d bet + $100 for winning).
If a player is +2000 to win a golf tournament, you’ll earn $2,000 on a $100 bet, getting a total of $2,100 back for winning.
“To Win” Bets
This is the most straightforward bet someone can make on golf, picking the player that will win a match. “To win” bets can be extremely lucrative. They often pay out better than “even” money (where there’s an equal chance of winning or losing).
Each-Way Golf Betting
This is a double down wager or two separate bets on a player: one bet to finish first and the other bet to finish in the top 5.
For example, a $10 tournament winner bet on a player pays out $600 if he wins. An each-way bet doubles to $20 but covers him finishing in the top 5.
The bettor also gets a quarter of the odds on the player finishing in the top 5. A quarter of $600 is $150. So, the total payout will be $500 + $150 + $20 stake, or $670.
Also called a side bet, this is any collection of bets that typically bears no direct effect on the tournament outcome. You can place a prop bet on almost anything trivial like, whether or not there will be a playoff or if the winner will be under 30 years old.
This is a long-term bet where you place a prediction at the start or even a later point of a golf season or playoffs.
Golf Betting Games, Tournament Formats, and Side Games
Golf enthusiasts always find different ways of playing both competitions and wagers. Here are some of the familiar betting games and formats that are popular among golf fans.
Foursomes: This is one of the better-known formats among the hundreds of golf tournament formats and games. A side consists of two golfers, and those two golfers play one ball per hole, taking turns hitting until the hole is complete. That’s why foursomes are also called “alternate shots.”
Foursomes are not to be confused with four-balls, where there are also four teams of two. In four-balls, both players on each team play their own ball. Each team takes the lowest of the two scores on each hole. The team with the lowest score in a hole wins that hole. The hole is halved if the scores are tied.
Threesomes: There are plenty of fun gambling games for three players, one of which is the Eighty-One (also called 5-3-1). In this game, there are nine holes a side (81 total points), and nine points are awarded on every hole.
Unless two players tie, points are distributed 5-3-1 per hole. The golfer with the best score gets 5 points. The second-best score gets 3 points, and the worst score gets 1 point.
Twosomes: Of the many different twosome formats, the real best ball and the most serious of all is the two-player best ball format. The players’ best net score is used on each hole.
Low Putts: This can be a tournament format or a side game. You throw out your other strokes and only count putts. The player or team with the fewest putts is the winner.
Round Robin: Four golfers pair off for two vs. two matches, and partners rotate every six holes. Each member of the quartet partners each golfer for one of those six-hole matches. Round Robin is also called Sixes and Hollywood.
Fairways & Greens: This betting game is best for groups of golfers with similar handicaps. The object is to hit fairways and greens. The catch is that you have to be the only player in your group to hit the fairway or hit the green to win the bet.
Las Vegas: Two teams of two golfers each in which a side’s scores are put together (or paired) to form a double-digit number. Let’s say player A and player B form one Las Vegas team.
Example: On the first hole, A scores 4 and B scores 6. Summing them up, that’s 10. But in Las Vegas, we don’t add up scores. Instead, we pair them to form new point totals. You put 5 and 6 together, and you get 56. Fifty-six is the total score for Team A/B on Hole 1.
Nassau: A Nassau tournament is three tournaments in one: front nine, back nine, overall. How a team scores is up to the tournament organizers and just about anything is possible. It can be a stroke play or a match play. It can be a scramble, alternate shot, or best ball. There can be single players or two-person teams. Full handicaps, partial handicaps, or no course handicaps? Your choice.
Bingo Bango Bongo: This is a points-based game played by any number of golfers, from two team members up. Golfers get one point per hole for each of the following:
- Bingo – the first player in the group to hit his or her golf ball on the green
- Bango – the player whose golf ball is closest to the pin after all balls are on the green
- Bongo – the first player to hole out
Wolf: This game is typically played with full handicaps. Four players play independently to have the most points at the end of the round.
The order of play is determined on the first tee shot. The wolf is the last to tee off. The teeing order rotates on each hole so that each player becomes the wolf once every four holes.
If you want to be a Lone Wolf, you can declare that you are playing the hole alone before anyone tees off on the hole.
Note that this is a massive gamble because you will either win triple or lose triple compared to the golfers on the other side.
Double Bogey: A double bogey is made by a golfer scoring two strokes more than par to complete the play of a hole.
A golfer whose average score per hole is a double bogey will average 36-over par (two-over per hole times 18 holes). Some recreational golfers score in that range or even higher.
Fish: This is a side game that includes bets on three birdie-related factors. A bet is won when a golfer makes the first birdie, the longest birdie putt, and the most birdies during the round.
Skins: In the skins game, the players compete for a prize on each hole. The skin refers to the award, which may take the form of money or points.
The player who wins the hole outright wins the skin. If no one wins outright, the skin’s value is added for the next hole to become the carryover.
There appears to be earnest enthusiasm from golf bettors to wager on skins matches, like the top-rated TaylorMade Driving Relief charity event.
The match resulted in the fourth-most dollar amount wagered through a sportsbook on a golf event, trailing only the Masters, U.S. Open and Open Championship from last year.
One bookmaker also reported its handle was about double of what a typical PGA Tour event would bring in.
Major Golf Events to Bet On
Golf has four recognized professional Major Championships in the men’s game played annually.
- The Open Championship, the oldest major golf championship the world
- The Masters Golf Tournament, usually held at the Augusta National Golf Club in the United States
- The US Open, known as one of the most stringent tests of golf with golf courses set up to make low scoring difficult and to place a premium on accuracy from the tee
- The PGA Championship, managed by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America, which also operates the Ryder Cup
In the women’s game, there are five recognized professional Major Championships played annually:
- The ANA Inspiration, golf’s first major and one of the LPGA Tour’s most prestigious events
- The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the first women’s major to be run by the PGA of America
- The US Women’s Open, the oldest women’s major championship and the only event to have been recognized by the LPGA
- The Ricoh Women’s British Open, a co-sanctioned event between the Ladies’ European Tour and the LPGA Tour
- The Evian Championship, previously known as the Evian Masters
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