Golf betting is comparatively new to most fans in the US and here in New York. But that’s changing quickly, especially with legal sports betting now live in NY and online sports betting just over the border in NJ. Betting on golf is on the rise, and there is rarely a time of year when you can’t find a professional tour event to place a bet on.
If you’re interested in making some bets on golf, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll show you exactly how to bet on golf in New York (or near NY), how to sign up for a new account and get your bonuses and free bets from online sportsbooks. We’ll throw in a few golf betting tips for good measure.
See below for real-time golf odds available to New York sports bettors on the top 20 golfers at upcoming PGA tournaments. Use the drop-down menu to flip between the latest PGA odds and odds for the four majors (Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, The Open Championship). Click on any odds to jump straight to the sportsbook and claim you bonuses or free bets.
It’s not legal to use an online sportsbook or sportsbook app in the Empire State to place your bets yet. That’s going to change in the somewhat near future, though no dates have been nailed down as of yet.
However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have many options. Over in New Jersey, online sportsbooks are thriving. The only rule to using them is you must be 21 years of age or older, and be located within New Jersey state lines.
That means you can download the app, register, and make the trek to the Garden State to place your golf bets. It’s not ideal for everyone, but it’s a great way to be involved in golf betting until New York passes regulations to allow it online.
So how do you get started?
First, you download the app: The process of downloading sportsbook apps are slightly different between Apple/iOS users and those who choose to use Android devices.
The next step is the same no matter what platform you’re using to run the sportsbook app. Everyone needs to register before they are about to place any bets.
Live betting, also known as in-game or in-play betting, has changed the way many bettors involve themselves in games. Before the introduction of live betting, bettors would make their wagers, maybe watch the game, and either collect their winnings afterward or throw their hands up in the air in defeat.
In-game betting has added a level of engagement between bettors and the sport than ever before. And it is very popular.
But you’re going to need an online or mobile sportsbook to participate. That’s because in-game betting takes place while the action unfolds on the golf course. The odds are shifting based on what is happening in real-time, and traditional brick-and-mortar sportsbooks just can’t keep up the way mobile devices can.
Instead of just choosing who you think is going to win a particular tournament, or placing a totals, or over/under bet, you can wager on individual holes, or even the next shot a particular player is going to take.
If you want to be more engaged with the game of golf while making your wagers, then you should consider participating in some live betting to test the waters.
While golf may not get the same attention at sportsbooks that other major professional sports do, it doesn’t mean you’re not going to find solid promotions, odds boosts, and bonuses that are focused on an upcoming tournament.
Once you’re signed up for your sportsbook of choice, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in some of the promotions regarding professional golf. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of a promo, or a bonus, that fits into the wagers you were already planning on making.
For example, a sportsbook could offer new customers $100 in free bets. The requirement is the customer must make a $1 bet on any golfer during the Masters Tournament and if any golfer — not just the one the customer bets on — makes a birdie the free bet then goes live. Just make sure you’re paying attention to your sportsbook for such promotions and bonuses.
One of the more interesting options some sportsbooks offer for various tournaments is an odds boost. These are adjustments sportsbooks make to existing odds, which in turn offer a larger payout with their sportsbook than that typically being offered from a competitor. By increasing the potential payout, the sportsbooks are hoping more bettors will take the risk and put their money down.
Let’s look at an example:
Not great odds, right? He is expected to finish that high, but you’ll have to put down $125 to win $100. But you might see an odds boost that makes the line look like this instead:
Quite the difference, right? A $100 wager suddenly can win you $100.
There are four majors on the PGA Tour, and they are by far the most popular events for spectators and sports bettors alike. These prestigious tournaments are what make legends. Players like Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, and Rory McIlroy are often discussed in terms of how well they played in the majors.
You’ve probably heard of all four of the tournaments, but here they are just in case:
The Masters is the most well-known golf tournament in the world. Likewise, the Masters betting market is one of the most popular in all of golf. Its history alone makes it one of the most-coveted tournaments in professional golf, and the stories, legends, and history-defining moments make it a household name in all sports. Unlike the other majors, The Masters is played at the same course every year — Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
The past five Masters winners are:
It’s hard to believe that of the four majors, the PGA Championship is the least well-known, especially since it features some of the best golfers in the world.
That doesn’t take away from the outstanding golf you’ll be able to watch when the tournament kicks off, which will be May 20-23, 2021. This year, the PGA Championship will be held at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina and will feature $11 million for golfers to compete for.
Collin Morikawa would no doubt like to defend his 2020 title, and you definitely cannot discount his chances. He had to play some really impressive golf to win the title last year, but he’s also one of the best golfers in the entire world.
Of course, his competition is insanely well-prepared to take the title for themselves. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, and Bryson DeChambeau will be looking to keep Morikawa from his repeat victory. Any one of them — and so many others — could take the top spot at the PGA Championship. Plus Brooks Koepka would probably like to get back to the top of the tournament’s leaderboard.
The last five PGA Championship winners are:
A total of 156 players take to the course every year during the US Open, including both professional golfers and high-performing amateurs. What greets them is a guarantee of a difficult course to play, scores at and over par, and some of the stiffest competition on the planet.
Usually played as the third major of the four, the US Open changes courses every year and typically takes place in June. In 2021 the event is scheduled to be played June 17-20 and will feature defending champ Bryson DeChambeau leading the field against the tough Torrey Pines Golf Course in California. The prize pool is set at $12.5 million.
There will be plenty of competition to keep things interesting as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, and Xander Schauffele all hope to knock DeChambeau from the top spot in 2021. The past five US Open champions are:
Also known as the British Open, the Open Championship is the only Major to be played outside of the United States and is the oldest of the four, having started in 1860. The tournament is always played in either Scotland, England, or Northern Ireland and features a “links” style course that is often some of the oldest and most renowned in the world.
Taking place in late July, the Open invites both pros and amateurs to compete. Those who get the coveted chance to play will find themselves on Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, in the United Kingdom. The prize pool is set at $10.75 million and golfers will compete for a payout from July 15-18.
Looking for a repeat championship will be Shane Lowry, who won the tournament in 2019 (the Open was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic). He’ll have to fend off former champions Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to take the victory, however. The past five British Open champions are:
There’s a big difference between golf betting and betting on golf. The former is when you and your buddies get out on the course and place some friendly bets between you on who will win, the lowest score for a hole, a hole-in-one pot, and the like.
Betting on golf, on the other hand, is when you place wagers with a sportsbook on how professional players will perform in an upcoming tournament.
When you’re looking to place a bet on golf online in New York, you’re going to find some common bet types you should be aware of:
Take a team of golfers who hail from the United States and put them up against teams of players from other countries and you pretty much define the concept behind both the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.
The largest difference between the two is with the Ryder Cup, the players who comprise the team from outside of the US all come from European countries. In the Presidents Cup, the US team faces players from anywhere in the world.
After the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, instead of being played in even years it will now be played during odd years. The Presidents Cup will now be played in even years. The two previously switched following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States.
The 2021 Ryder Cup will be held at the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin from Sept. 24-26. The European team is the defending champions after winning in 2018.
There won’t be much of a futures market for either tournament for the fact that there is no traditional “winner” to wager on. However, as the date approaches, you can expect to see plenty of head-to-head and group matchup lines to wager on. Additionally, the tournament will also likely feature plenty of live betting while the action is taking place
You’re right, of course. There is plenty of betting taking place on events outside of the four majors and the team tournaments we mentioned above. Here in the United States, several other tournaments and tours are very popular with sports bettors in New York.
Here are some of our favorites:
Across the globe, there are many other tours with outstanding golf. The top of that list is the European Tour, which has players who are just as great as those who play in the PGA.
Professional tours around the world include:
Admittedly, you won’t find all of these in the sportsbooks here in the United States, but if you do come across them at least you’ll know you can count on a decent quality of golf being played.
For the 2020-21 PGA Tour schedule, there was only one tournament on the slate and it was the 2020 U.S. Open, held at the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York, in September. The event was won by Bryson DeChambeau, who took home $2.25 million with the victory, which was one of the four Major tournaments.
Several large tournaments don’t stay at the same course from year to year, so New York won’t be absent from a PGA event for very long. There is, however, a PGA Champions Tour event in the summer of 2021. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Open will be held June 28-July 4 at the En-Joie Golf Course in Endicott, NY. There will be a purse worth $2.05 million up for grabs.
This tour is growing in popularity every year as the best women golfers in the world participate. It doesn’t have the media attention of the PGA, but you’re still going to be able to find sportsbooks that carry lines on the LPGA with relative ease.
Like their male counterparts, professional women golfers can compete for the chance to win majors as well. The LPGA features five such tournaments. They include:
Betting on the LPGA will be pretty much the same as placing a wager on the PGA. Make sure to do your research and follow a solid betting strategy whenever you’re placing a wager, especially with sports you’re just beginning to follow.
Every sport brings a unique aspect to sports betting in New York, and because of how new the industry is for most people it isn’t surprising that a lot of folks are still a little wary about putting their hard-earned money down. If you’re considering betting on golf, we’ve assembled three of our favorite tips for beginners:
Is there value in betting on the PGA and other professional tours? Of course. Sure, golf doesn’t carry the same clout as the National Football League or Major League Baseball, and it doesn’t have the same level of sports betting action. That shouldn’t fool you.
Because golf isn’t so popular, there won’t be as much attention from oddsmakers, which means there will typically be more opportunities when lines are released to the public. Unlike the NFL or the NBA, there aren’t legions of analysts breaking down every bet and every player. Look for the lines that give you value, and you could do well betting on golf.
The other major benefit is the amount of time between tournaments. You’ll get the chance to study the field, do your homework, and make informed decisions when it comes to what wagers you’re going to make. The more prepared you are, the more likely it is you’re going to end up with a return on your investment.
While saying golf is better, or, conversely, not as good, for sports bettors is a very subjective claim, the truth is that you should always place your wagers on sports you’re comfortable with. That doesn’t mean you can’t dabble in anything you want to, but the more familiar you are with a sport, the more likely it is that you’ll do well with your betting strategies.
If you’re a fan of golf, and particularly the PGA, you’ll be able to make the step from fan to sports bettor without worrying that you have no idea what is happening on the screen in front of you. Embrace the sports you love when placing your bets, and you’ll find a hobby that is fun, exciting, and potentially even profitable.
No. It may be different in many ways, but it isn’t any harder. Because the sport is less popular than other professional leagues, you’re likely to find better values than you would when wagering on one of the top sports, like the NFL or the NHL. You’ll have to do your research to handicap correctly, but that’s the case with every sport anyway.
Instead of picking an outright winner, you’re choosing which golfers are likely to finish in the top three, the top five, or even the top 10. You won’t get the same level of return on your wagers as you would with bet types like “to win,” but you’ll be able to have a greater chance of walking away with a winning bet slip.
Our best may not be your best, so instead, we’ll approach this by helping you decide which kind of bet is right for you. If you want a simpler bet type that resembles a moneyline in other sports, you’ll want to go with a head-to-head bet, which is where you choose which of two golfers will finish with a lower score. If you want to have a chance to bring back the most money from a winning wager, go with a “to win” bet. You pick which golfer will win, and if you can figure out which stands the best chance while their odds are still solidly in your favor, then you’ll return quite a bit of money if your choice proves the right one.