Among Las Vegas gamblers, golf is considered one of
the two fastest-growing sports to bet on (auto racing
is the other).The most basic form of golf betting involves
picking the winner of a tournament. Typically a sports
book will list 30 or more individual golfers along with
a field (all others) option, at various odds.For example,
Tiger Woods may be listed at 2-1, Tom Lehman at 25-1,
Bob May at 100-1, etc. If you bet $10 on Lehman at 25-1
and he goes on to win the tournament, you win $250 plus
your $10 back, for a total payoff of $260.
Another popular form of golf betting involves matchup
propositions, in which two golfers are paired against
each other in a head-to-head wager, with a betting line
on each golfer set by the oddsmaker. The golfer with
the better (lower) score wins the matchup. (If one golfer
continues play in the tournament after his opponent
misses the cut, the golfer who continues play wins the
For example, a matchup may pit Lehman (minus 125) against
Jim Furyk (plus 105). If you bet $125 on the favored
Lehman, the payoff would be $100 plus your $125 back,
for a total of $225. If you bet $100 on the underdog
Furyk, the payoff would be $105 plus your $100 back,
for a total of $205.
Some matchups pit one (usually very good) golfer against
two or more others. For example, Woods may be pitted
against Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III and Ernie Els.
To determine the winner, take Woods' score and compare
with to the best (lowest) score recorded by the three
others. Especially in major tournaments, some sports
books offer odds on unusual golf propositions, such
as the over/under on the winning score, the over/under
on the lowest round by any golfer or the over/under
on the finishing position by a particular golfer. For
example, the over/under on Woods' finishing position
may be 3 1/2. If he finishes first, second or third
in the tournament, the "under" wins; if he
finishes fourth or worse, the "over" tickets
Rules vary by casino, but usually your golfer must
tee off in the tournament for "action" (meaning
once he tees off, you will either win or lose your bet).
If for some reason he does not tee off, this is usually
considered "no action" and tickets are refunded.
In head-to-head matchup propositions, both golfers
must tee off for action.
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