Golf Betting Sites & Offers
Golf is a hugely popular sport to bet on and better technology now means you can really get into tournaments and easily track your players amongst large fields.
The sport is one of the highest paying around, with top golf earners cashing in on over $100 million in their careers these days. Sponsorship is massive in golf, especially from the bookies themselves, and as a consequence you can be sure to find great golf offers for both major and minor PGA, European Tour, Champions Tour and even LPGA events.
The game of golf has a perfect structure for betting on. Whether you want to bet on an outright tournament winner and sit back and watch or bet hole by hole there is a wager for you.
New customer golf sign up offers and promotions can be found on our home page.
Featured Golf Offers
Bet £20 or more on a pre-tournament winner for any European or PGA tour event during the year. If your player leads any round but does not go on to win the event after the final round Betway will give you £10 of your stake back as a free bet.
For all European Tour and all PGA Tour tournaments this year if you back a player outright and they finish second or third (including ties) get your wager refunded p to £25. Minimum bet amount to qualify is just £5 and offer is limited to one bet each tournament.
Vernons are giving money back as a free bet up to £50 on all Majors pre-tournament golf outright bets if an Englishman goes on to win the tournament. Win singles only, minimum bet £1, free bet expires after 7 days.
For all U.S. and European tour golf 138.com will refund outright bets up to £28 (£5 min) should your player loses in a playoff.
Boylesports love their golf and therefore will give money back if your pre-tournament outright winner finished 2nd or 3rd including ties.
Money is usually paid back as a free bet up to £50 and is available usually on all major Golf open tournaments.
Winner are giving money back as a free bet up to £25 (£5 minimum) if one selection lets you down in any 3 ball or a 2 ball accumulator with four or more selections (1/5+ minimum odds each leg).
Offer is valid for all PGA and European tour matches, or mixture of the two. Free bet token is valid for 7 days.
Paddy power virtually without fail will offer 7 places at major golf Open championship events. Six places are paid out at high odds of 1/4 with no maximum payout / minimum bet requirements too. Dead heat rules apply.
Boylesports also pay out extra places on most major PGA and European tours. Sometimes less than Paddy Power but then again their general odds are generally better so it is a balance.
Major Golf Tournament Pages
New and existing customer deals for the majors can be found on our events pages.
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Golf Betting Guide
Golf has significantly more markets to bet on than you might initially think. Despite the sport being made up of long tournaments with big fields of players there are more lines to out your money on than just the outright winner.
This is a great tactical sport where the result all comes down to the individual player. The nature of the play means small factors can have big effects and this makes golf betting a favourite for high stakes punters. Read more about golf betting and terms below.
The most common pre-event bet on golf is the overall tournament winner. This is attractive for many as large fields (usually 72 players) means the odds for the favourites can be very good at around 6/1 to 10/1. If you back an outsider you can get massive prices of 500/1 or more
Large field sizes also mean you get a lot of places when betting each-way. For the bigger 72 hole events you will usually get 5 places each way but with the likes of Sky Bet, Paddy Power and Boylesports you can regularly get up 7 places, or even 8 places for a major.
This market is the most completive golf market between bookmakers so if you shop around you can get much better prices, differing by over 50% between some sites. If you are betting on one of the majors, or the Ryder Cup, make sure you look for enhanced odds sign up deals too for the bigger players (e.g. 50/1 Rory McIlroy to win The Open). When available these will be listed on our golf event pages and our home page.
Dead Heat Rules
Golf tournaments result in more dead heats more than pretty much any other sport. This is due to the nature of the scoring making it easily possible for two or more players to end with the same number of shots.
If first place is tied at the end of an event a play-off is usually held. The format of this varies depending on the tournament and may comprise of playing the 18th hole over, a selection of holes, or rarely a whole round. Whatever happens in this situation play will continue until a winner is found.
For second place and below there is no play-off, the final score stands, so if more than one player is tied for a place this will be a dead heat.
Many bookies apply the dead heat rule to each-way bets. This means if the number of players occupying the each-way places is greater than the number of places themselves then your stake is reduced by dividing the number of players by the number of places remaining.
For example, you’ve bet each way with 5 places but at the end of the event two players are tied for 5th place. The dead heat rules stipulate you divide the number of places remaining (in this case 1) by the number of players in the dead heat (in this case 2). This results in 1/2 and therefore your stake amount is reduced by half to compensate.
In another example three players are tied for fourth place, now we divide the number of players (3) by the number of places (2), resulting in 1/3. This means each-way stakes for those three players are reduced by one third.
One common offer for golf is the money back 2nd (sometimes even third or fourth too) and these generally include ties. This means if your golfer is tied for second with one or more other player you will still get refunded and for regular golf bettors these deals (commonly available from Boylesports for example) offer excellent long term value.
2/3 Ball and Accumulators
The big field sizes at top golf events means that if you had to wait for every player to complete each hole in turn then the match would last a week or more. Therefore golfers play holes in groups of two or three, often termed 2-ball or 3-ball.
Golfers tend to play in 3’s in the first two rounds prior to the cut and then 2’s for the final two rounds. It is possible to bet on the winner of each 2/3 ball play over 18 holes (or indeed even single holes) separate to the tournament. This is a good option if you fancy a player to win their individual battle but you don’t think they will win the round/match.
With golf events being a single tournament with individual players it is difficult to see how you can place accumulator bets. 2/3 ball play however lends itself perfectly to placing multiple bets, allowing you to select several winners from various 2/3 ball contests.
If you are placing 2/3 ball accumulators look out for accumulator insurances or bonus to give you extra chances of winning. These don’t have to be golf specific, although there are golf acca deals around, all sports acca insurance/bonuses work just as well.
With a massive field of players it really can be hard to predict who will win. Bookies therefore offer group bets, these package players into individual groups and you can bet on the winner within these.
Groups can be defined by the order of play with golfers teeing off at similar times groups together, or they can be artificial, defined by the bookie.
It is possible to pick the winner of several groups and combine these together into an accumulator.
Cut, Round and Hole Betting
Seventy-two hole tournaments are made up of four rounds of 18 holes, with a cut at the end of the second round (36 holes). This means you can bet on each round or even hole independently of the tournament as a whole. You can also bet on which players will make the cut of 36 and be included in the final two rounds.
There are a few decent betting offers around for round bets, Betway commonly offer one that gives you money back on outright tournament winners if that player wins any round but doesn’t win the final trophy. You can also find offers for player to make the cut for bigger events.
Round and hole bets are great in play and are the most popular golf live betting markets. Prices here vary dramatically so do shop around.
Top 5, 10, 20 Finish
An alternative to betting each-way on the tournament winner is to bet on a player to finish a set number of places.
Most top golf bookmakers offer these markets pre-event and these are a good option if you want to back an outsider or amateur player to do better than they are expected, but still have no chance of winnings. Do note dead heat rules will likely apply.
Picking the top player form a region (e.g. Europe, US, Asia, Australian, English etc.) is a very popular bet in golf these days.
These wagers can be placed each-way too, although the number of places will be lower than the overall field and extra place offers for the whole tournament will not be carried though. Dead heat rules will apply.
If you think a player will finish well but is not going to trouble the big guns then another option to is the betting without market.
This removed the top favourite(s) from the outright betting allowing you to pick who will be the best of the rest.
Special and Proposition Bets
There are tons of special and prop bets that can be places on gold. Will there be a hole in one is an obvious example, but you can also bet on players individual performances, the ball to land in bunkers or hit an obstacle like a tree or even whether a player will wear a hat or not.
Many of these bets are specific to the bookie and odds are hugely variable, and generally not great value. These are fun bets to have a few quid on rather than serious high stakes markets. Paddy Power are great for these markets.
Odds and Payouts
Golf is one of those sports where shopping around, or at least finding a good golf bookie, can really pay off. The large numbers of players involved means markets are very big in golf and this tend to mean bookmaker odds are underestimated as they try to balance their books across a large range of selections.
Competitive lines, such as outright winner bets, are safe enough with most bookies however if betting on less common markets it makes sense to look for the best prices. Our recommended golf bookmakers above are a good place to start.
Pay outs can also vary massively. The biggest payers in the business will pay maximum winnings up to around £500,000 on all markets. Some smaller bookies may have limits as low as £5,000 however so make sure you check if placing big bets or backing long odds.