Tom Gable, Director of Race & Sports at Borgata, provides our readers with insider tips and strategies for making the most of their sports betting ventures. This month, Tom tackles this summer’s hottest sport: golf!
During the past few months, we’ve seen a lot of changes across all different avenues of entertainment, including the closure of major U.S. sports. While Borgata remains temporarily closed, the betting action has moved online at BorgataSports.com where there are certainly some out of the ordinary offerings to bet on, including Russian table tennis and Korean baseball. Slowly, some U.S. sports have returned such as the UFC, NASCAR and the PGA Tour. MLB and the NBA have announced restart dates at the end of July. Visit BorgataSports.com to check out the current offerings.
Today’s tips focus on a sport that has grown in betting attention the last few years: professional golf. For those that follow golf, there are a number of different ways to bet on it. Each week, sportsbooks will post odds for the PGA Tour’s event that will be held that week – usually taking place Thursdays through Sundays.
The most common way to bet is to pick the overall winner of the tournament. Each golfer will have odds assigned to them to win the event. For example, Rory McIlroy may be 12/1 while Bubba Watson is 40/1. These odds determine how much you win for each dollar wagered – if you bet $100 on Watson to win the tournament at 40/1 odds, you would win $4000 in addition to your original $100 you put up if Bubba wins the tournament.
You can also bet if a golfer finishes in the Top 5 or Top 10. Odds are posted on each golfer much like they are to win the overall tournament.
Head to head matchups between golfers is another bet growing in popularity. Sportsbooks will create matchups between two golfers and list odds on them to win that particular matchup – similar to a baseball game. Let’s use the example of Rory McIlroy and Bubba Watson. McIlroy may be listed as -150 while Watson would be listed as +130. This means you would bet $150 on McIlroy to win $100, while a $100 wager on Watson would win you $130. The match up could be just for one round or for the tournament as a whole. So if Watson ends up with a better score than McIlroy, all of the wagers on Watson would pay out. This is an exciting way to wager on golf as you can handicap the golfers in their individual match ups and wager on who you think will have the better score. Many people find this form of bet easier than picking the overall winner of the tournament out of 100+ golfers competing.
Some of the important things to look at while handicapping golf:
- Recent performances: how the golfer has been playing in his last few tournaments
- Course history: how many PGA Tour events return to the same courses year after year and how a golfer has performed at that particular course in years past. It may also be beneficial to research how particular golfers have fared on certain courses designed by a particular course architect. Architects have a particular style and their courses may set up more advantageously for certain golfers.
- Weather conditions: there are some golfers who are known to be fantastic players in bad conditions
With most of the major U.S. sports still on the sidelines, now may be a great time to jump into betting on golf. Download the Borgata Sports app now or log onto BorgataSports.com to get started.