GOLF BETTING - THE BASICS
Golf betting can be one of the most exciting forms of sport gaming and with the enormous odds on offer combined with a potential drawn out involvement lasting four days, it is one of the best value forms of betting around. There is an abundance of quality golf to follow throughout the year due to the two major streams of competition in the forms of the PGA Tour and the Race To Dubai (previously named as the European tour).
The basic information of the major tournaments is as follows. Usually around 150 players will start on Day One (traditionally on Thursday) which therefore represents a stunning choice of each way opportunity: top players who might be struggling for form can be grabbed at prices topping 100/1.
Additionally, bookmakers firms offer generous promotions such as enhanced pricing on individuals and extra place odds: it’s not unusual to see places 1-6 offered for the big events such as The Masters or The Open. However, the risk involved is all about “the cut”. After the second day, only 65 odd players are permitted to continue into Day 3 which raises the key question, is it best to bet before or after the cut?
BETTING BEFORE OR AFTER THE CUT?
First and foremost, making use of the value of the highly priced outsiders will almost certainly mean placing your bet before your chosen player tees off on Day One. However, betting after the cut is advantageous due to the fact that you can clearly assess how the player is performing and how well he is responding to the demands of the course and conditions. On the downside of course, the betting price will be considerably lower and the each way options will be limited. Clearly betting before the cut involves some degree of luck, therefore, it’s important to assess the player form guide from a number of crucial banks of statistical information.
KEY STATISTICS TO NOTE WHEN PLACING BETS BEFORE THE CUT
Here are the key statistics to keep a note of: all of these stats can be found on various sites. I would recommend PGA Tour Stats for a more detailed source.
Driving Accuracy – The rate of success when a player makes the fairway on the tee off.
Driving Distance – This is the average distance in yards the ball has travelled from the tee shot.
Greens In Regulation – This is the percentage of successfully making the ball land on the green within a specified number of strokes. For example making the green on the second shot on a par 4 is green in regulation.
Putting Average - Shows the average number of putts per green.
Scrambling - The Scrambling stat is used to measure how often a golfer avoids bogey after missing the green with their approach shot. It is for me, the most important statistic as this demonstrates how well a player performs when under pressure or when playing in adverse weather conditions.
RANGE OF BETS AND UPCOMING GOLF TOURNAMENTS WITH LATEST ODDS
The abundance of variation in available bets is another attractive proposition for the prospective golf better. It is possible to choose bets covering the outright winner, a top five finisher, a top 20 finisher, top players from individual countries and even whether there will be a play-off to decide the outright winner. Let’s take a look at The Omega European Masters which starts on Saturday September 1st and see which players stand out for the best value each way steal.
I’ve scanned the market for the best “scramblers” and a moderate outright winner each way punt on Bradley Dredge has to be on the cards with a scramble statistic of 64.5% according to The European Tour latest stats source. (The various odds on offer are interesting and enticing. For the safe minded each way backer, Paddy Power are offering 30/1 (slightly lower than average market price, 33/1 is average) but a staggering 7 places at 1/5 the odds! However, the overall best value might be with Sportingbet who are offering 33/1, 6 places and 1/4 the odds. For the outright win, you need to head for BetVictor who is offering 35/1 for the win.
Thongchai Jaidee, the Thai number one and current world ranking 42 is also scrambling well at 63% and is also worth taking at 33/1 with Paddy Power and their generous places 1-7. He is best priced at 35/1 with bet365 (5 places ¼ the odds).
Good luck with these bets and all your future golf betting ventures!
Useful Links For Golf Betting
- How to bet golf - PGA golf betting explained - by The Spread.
- Golf betting - How to bet on golf - by Thought Co.
- How to bet on golf - by Odds Shark.
- How to bet on golf - by Golf Monthly.