Golf has some of the most dedicated fans in all of sports and as the game has grown more popular, due to televised tournaments and superstar golfers, so has the desire to bet on it. Let’s take a look at the easiest way to make your first golf bet with a few simple steps.
- Understand the basics of golf rules.
- Learn about what types of bets you can make.
- Get some tips to improve your betting.
- Sign up at Sports Interaction to make your first bet.
Basic Rules of Golf
Golf has been around for a long time. The game as we know it today was first played in Scotland in the mid 1400’s. One of the first golf courses, the Old Course at St Andrews, has been around since 1574, and is on the bucket list of many serious golfers as a course to play on at least once in their lives.
The game is played on a course consisting of 18 holes (sometimes nine), with each golfer competing against the other players to finish each of the 18 holes in the fewest number of strokes. There are also several team tournaments that have pairs or country teams competing.
There’s a par score listed for each of the holes on the course, depending on the length of each hole from the tee to the pin/flag and difficulty. Usually, those pars are between three and five strokes. The names for the scores based on how much over, under or equal to the par are as follows:
|Number of strokes
|Four under par
|Three under par
|Two under par
|One under par
|Equal to par
|One over par
|Two over par
Betting on the Masters Tournament
The Masters Tournament, which is sometimes called the U.S. Masters outside of the United States, in one of the four major professional golf tournaments. These four tournaments are the most popular, not just with spectators but with bettors as well. The Masters is the first of the four during the year, happening during the first week of April. It is always held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
Started in 1934 by golfer Bobby Jones, the Masters tournament awards it’s winner with a now infamous green jacket. Jack Nicklaus has won more Masters Tournaments than anyone, with six victories. Tiger Woods now has five, after his huge comeback win in 2019.
According to Las Vegas oddsmakers, the Masters tournament takes about 20 times the betting action than the average non-major, like the Valero Texas Open for example. To wager on this tournament, check out our Masters golf betting odds.
Betting on the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship is held every year by the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. Up until this year, it had been played on the third weekend in August, but as of 2019 will be held in May on the weekend before Memorial Day. The PGA stated that the reason for the change was due to the addition of golf to the Summer Olympics, as well as the cooler spring temperatures opening up more options for host courses.
The PGA Championship has been taken place at a number of different courses since its inception in 1916. Once again, the golfer with the most wins in the PGA Championship is Jack Nicklaus with five. Brooks Koepka was the most recent winner. This tournament is very popular with bettors and here you can see the most recent PGA Championship odds.
Betting on the U.S. Open
Started in 1895 and held by the United States Golf Association, or the USGA, the U.S. Open Golf Tournament takes place in mid-June with the final round usually scheduled to land on Father’s Day. The U.S. Open is staged at a number of different course in the United States, and as of 2019 the tournament awards the winners a $12 million purse, making it the largest purse of all four majors.
Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus each hold the record for the most wins at this tournament, with four each. The latest winner was Brooks Koepka in 2018 and here are the most up-to-date U.S. Open golf odds.
Betting on the Open Championship
The Open Championship, which is more often called the British Open, is a yearly tournament held by The R&A aka the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. It is the oldest of the four majors, as it was first played in Scotland in 1860. The British Open is now played in mid-July as of 2019, making it the last major of the golf season. It’s also the only major held outside of the U.S.
The most recent winner is Francesco Molinari, who won in 2018. The 2019 British Open Championship will be held at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, which will be the first time it’s been held in Ireland since 1951. Check out the most recent British Open golf odds.