Golf does much more than spoil a good walk, it thrills crowds with skill and ability and levels the playing field like no other sport. And in the case of the 2020 US Open Championship, particularly, it displayed a glut of grit and determination from eventual winner Bryson DeChambeau. But what it offers online sports betting fans is value. Even the top favourites in the form of their lives can be picked up for long prices, and with online bookies offering extra places – especially when the major championships like the Masters and Opens come along – long-priced “outsiders” have real shots at landing in the places and offering decent payouts to punters.
Is golf a summer sport?
It’s fair to say that, for amateurs, golf is a sport best played in good weather. But for pros on the PGA Tour, as with most other professional sportsmen and women, the wind and the rain is just another part of the game. The regular Tour Championships begin in October and run over the Northern Hemisphere winter before the US PGA Tour culminates in the FedEx Cup playoffs at the end of August and the European PGA Tour climaxes at the World Tour Championship in Dubai. Events between November and March take place in climates geared ideally for those months like Florida, Australia and Mexico. The good news for online sports fans looking to bet on golf is that tournaments take place throughout most of the year. The threat of Thunderstorms in the 2019 Masters altered the schedule, with matches brought forward to 7:30am in an attempt to get round before the heavens opened!
How are the PGA Tours structured?
The PGA Tours are the biggest golf tournaments in the world. They are organised by the Professional Golf Associations of Europe and America, and take place between October and August. The tour events are mostly completely separate and take place at various tournaments across the world, with points earned in those championships counting towards their relevant tours championships. The four majors – the Master Tournament, U.S. Open, The Open Championship and PGA Championship – cross over as part of both tour championships, and form the highest scoring events on both PGA Tours.
What kind of bets can I place on golf tournaments?
The kind of online golf bets you can make depends on the golf tournament, and how it is structured. The Ryder Cup, which takes place every other year and features teams from Europe playing against teams from the United States, uses match play rather than stroke play, which offers different types of betting opportunities. The most common kinds of bets placed on PGA Tour events like The Open Championship and The Masters are outright bets, in which you bet on a tournament winner, either each way or outright win. You can also bet on stage winners and day leaders, with most PGA golf tournaments taking place over four days and each bookie offering different bets as the tournament progresses.
What kind of golf promotions do online sportsbooks offer?
At the start of major championships like The Open or The Masters online bookies will always offer promotions for new and existing customers. Most commonly these might come in the shape of free bets of various amounts to be placed on the upcoming tournament, and will usually have qualifying bet terms. The extra place offers promoted by William Hill, in particular, see the bookie guarantee the best prices on the top 10 positions as well as additional extra places. These vary from 6-10 places, depending on the tournament.