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Martin Kaymer Survives Playoff To Win PGA Championship

It was apparent going into this weekend’s PGA Championship at Whistling Straits that the tournament was a wide open affair, so it wasn’t surprising that it produced a first time winner.  Martin Kaymer outlasted Bubba Watson in a three hole playoff to earn his first major victory in what was a bizarre finish to four days of competition at the Wisconsin golf course on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Watson finished second ahead of third place Rory McIlroy and  Zach

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‘Underdog’ Tiger Woods Looks To Bounce Back At PGA Championships

The final professional golf major of the year is underway as the PGA Championship is taking place at Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits.  The PGA Tournament was first held in 1916 at the Siwanoy Country Club in Bronxville, N.Y and rotates among


Louis Oosthuizen Surprise Winner Of British Open

The pre-tournament hype billed the 139th British Open at St. Andrews a comeback spot for Tiger Woods.  It didn’t work out that way.  Instead, the oldest major tournament in golf was won by one of the most unlikely competitors in


Stewart Cink Seeks British Open Title Defense

Most of the attention of the golfing public will the will be on the sport’s most famous player at the British Open, there are several other entrants that shouldn’t be ignored.  Tiger Woods is the favorite to lift the ‘claret


Tiger Woods To Play In The British Open

Tiger Woods has had a rough time of it so far in 2010, with his off course shenanigans combined with substandard play.  Despite the fact that he’s trying to recover from a nagging neck injury, the world’s most famous golfer

Overview of Golf

Golf has always been a popular recreational activity and spectator sport, but in recent years has become a very popular sports betting proposition. The sport itself has roots as far back as the Roman Empire, though most historians agree that the modern incarnation of golf began in Scotland around the 12th century. Golf became a staple of North American sports during the 20th century, and its popularity skyrocketed during the early days of television thanks to superstars like Arnold Palmer. In the US, the major men’s professional golf oversight body is the PGA with the LPGA serving the same function for women’s golf.

There are a variety of ways to bet on golf. One of the most popular bets is also the simplest— sportsbooks offer moneyline odds on each competitor to win major tournaments. Matchups between individual golfers are also popular. In 2 way matchup wagering, you’re essentially betting on one of a pair of golfers in a head to head matchup. If the golfer you’ve bet on finishes with the better score of the two listed competitors, you cash your ticket. In both ‘to win’ and matchup wagering there’s a premium on finding good value. Sharp players look past high priced favorites like Tiger Woods and try to find lower profile golfers in good form at more attractive prices.

In addition to the above wagers, many sportsbooks offer ‘three ball’ wagering on the early rounds of tournaments. During the first two rounds of major golf tournaments, golfers are assigned to groups of three players and this is where the ‘three ball’ wager derives its name. This bet is similar to the two way matchup wager, except odds are offered on all three golfers with the lowest score in an 18 hole round deemed the winner.

In all forms of golf betting, it’s important to do your research and look beyond the big names. In most cases, the big stars of the sport like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are favored simply due to their popularity and familiarity with the general public. It’s not uncommon to find golfers who are better on a particular course and/or in much better form that the casual fan may not be familiar with available at very attractive prices.