Five Tips For Betting On Golf

Five Tips For Betting On Golf

Sports punters particularly enjoy betting on golf because it can give them an interest in an event for up to four days. The popularity of golf betting increases around the four Major Championships on the calendar, which are the US Masters, US Open, Open Championship, and US PGA Championship. If you are planning to have a bet on golf in the future, here are five tips you should bear in mind when choosing your selection.

1. Course form

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One of the most helpful form guides for choosing a winning in a tournament is the past results at that course. Course form is much more important than the recent form of a player because if they have performed well before at a certain venue, it can trigger good thoughts, which can lead to them having success again. This is particularly the case at the US Masters, the opening Major of the year, as Augusta National Golf Course is challenging but some players enjoy competing there. Jordan Spieth has finished second or better in three of the past four years, therefore, it is no surprise that he is prominent in the outright market for the 2018 tournament at 7/1 with bookies like Betfair who are already offering betting on the event.

2. Length of the course

When you are looking to find the most likely winner of a golf tournament, take into account the length of the course they are playing at. This will give you an idea of what type of player is going to be most suited to the 18 holes. If it has a particularly long yardage with lots of par fives, the big hitters off the tee will fancy their chances of scoring lots of birdies and eagles. One of the longest courses on the PGA Tour is Torrey Pines, which is 7,698 yards. The course hosts the Farmers Insurance Open, which was won in 2017 by Jon Rahm.

3. Weather

The weather forecast ahead of a golf tournament is not something that should be dismissed. The pace of the green at the course will all depend on the amount of sunshine or rain that will descend across the four days. If the sun is shining throughout the event, the greens are likely to be very fast, which will suit the better putters. This was the case during the 2017 Open Championship, where Spieth took advantage of the tough greens at Royal Birkdale.

4. Odds

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Just like in horse racing or any other sport, the odds in the outright market are very important when determining who you should back. If you feel the bookmakers have underestimated the chances of a particular player, then backing that player at bigger odds than you were expecting is a success before the tournament has even begun. Equally, if a player is much shorter in the betting than you were expecting, don't be afraid to look elsewhere for better value

5. Alternative markets

If betting on the outright market of a tournament is not for you, there are lots of alternatives for you to get involved with. Bookmakers offer match bets between particular player, first round leading betting, top nationality, the margin of victory and many more other markets so do shop around.

The opening major of 2018 for you to get involved in begins on April 5 at Augusta with the US Masters but you can find betting on a number of different tournaments from Australia, the USA, and Europe each week.