Golf Betting In New York
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.
Below see exactly how to bet on golf in New York, how to sign up for a new account and get your bonus bets and site credits from online sportsbooks.
Betting odds for PGA Tour events
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 bonus bets and site credits.
How do I use an app to bet on golf in New York?
You can bet on Golf in the Empire State off of a legal sportsbook app. You must be 21 or older to play and be located within state lines when placing bets.
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.
- For Apple: Use your iPhone and access the sportsbook of your choice via our exclusive links. Be ready to use any promo or bonus codes. Choose the Apple logo and then you’ll be shifted to a new screen where you can download the app by clicking “get” on that page. The download will begin.
- For Android: First go to the security page on your phone in the settings menu, and give your phone permission to accept downloads from unknown sources. Then go to the sportsbook of your choice via our link (again, make sure to be ready with your promo or bonus codes) and then click on the Android logo. You’ll be transferred to the sportsbook website where you can download the app, and you’ll just need to confirm you want to install it and proceed. Don’t worry, because all of the apps we have links to are legal and regulated, and safe.
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.
- Register, sign up, or get started: Usually, this link will be in the upper right corner of the app home screen. That will take you to the registration page, where you will likely also be entering your bonus code, which you can find right here on our site. You’ll have to provide personal information, including your Social Security number, and then you’ll be able to make your first deposit and begin placing wagers.
What is in-game or live betting in golf?
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.
Golf betting odds boosts, bonus bets & promos
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 bonus site credits. 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 bonus 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:
- Tiger Woods to finish in the top 20 -125
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:
- Tiger Woods to finish in the top 20 -125 to +100
Quite the difference, right? A $100 wager suddenly can win you $100.
Betting on golf’s major tournaments
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
- US Open
- Open Championship (also known as the British Open)
- PGA Championship
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:
- Hideki Matsuyama (2021)
- Dustin Johnson (2020)
- Tiger Woods (2019)
- Patrick Reed (2018)
- Sergio Garcia (2017)
PGA Championship betting
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 19-22, 2022. This year, the PGA Championship will be held at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, OK and will feature $11 million for golfers to compete for.
Phil Mickelson would no doubt like to defend his 2021 title, and you definitely cannot discount his chances. His surprising victory turned into a boon for bettors who made the right call as his odds to win outright were as high as +20000 in some spots.
Of course, his competition is insanely well-prepared to take the title for themselves. Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, and Bryson DeChambeau are among those with a fantastic shot at taking it down. 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:
- Phil Mickelson (2021, Kiawah Island Golf Resort)
- Collin Morikawa (2020, TPC Harding Park)
- Brooks Koepka (2019, Bethridge Black Course)
- Brooks Koepka (2018, Bellerive Country Club)
- Justin Thomas (2017, Quail Hollow Club)
US Open betting
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 2022, the event is scheduled to be played June 16-19 at The Country Club in Brookline, MA. 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 prevent Jon Rahm from defending his crown. The past five US Open champions are:
- Jon Rahm (2021, Torrey Pines)
- Bryson DeChambeau (2020, Winged Foot Golf Club)
- Gary Woodland (2019, Pebble Beach Golf Links)
- Brooks Koepka (2018, Shinnecock Hills)
- Brooks Koepka (2017, Erin Hills)
British Open betting
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 Collin Morikawa, who won the tournament by two strokes over Jordan Spieth. He’ll have to fend off former champions Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy to take the victory, The past five British Open champions are:
- Collin Morikawa (2021, Royal St. George’s)
- Event cancelled in 2020
- Shane Lowry (2019, Royal Portrush)
- Francesco Molinari (2018, Carnoustie)
- Jordan Spieth (2017, Royal Birkdale)
- Henrik Stenson (2016, Royal Troon)
Guide to popular golf bets
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:
- To Win: You choose who you think will win a particular tournament. As the tournament advances, the odds will shift between rounds. You could truly find some value there.
- Versus the Field: You choose whether or not a player (or players) will prevail against a larger group of players.
- Head to Head: This is the bet type in golf that most resembles a moneyline wager in other sports. Two golfers are set against each other and the sportsbooks offer a line for which will have the lower score. You have to choose the winner of that head-to-head matchup.
- Each Way: You choose if a golfer will finish in the top three, top five, or top 10 at a particular tournament.
- First Round Leader: You pick which player will have the low round on the first day of the tournament, which is typically a Thursday.
- Group Matchups: A lot like the head-to-head bet, but this one has groups of players on each side of the wager, and you need to choose which group will best the other.
- Nationality: In tournaments such as the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup (more on both of these tournaments below), golfers are placed in groups of nationalities to play against other countries. For this bet type, you choose which nationality the winner will be from, or which player will be the best golfer from his nation.
The Ryder Cup and The Presidents Cup
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 was held at the Whistling Straits Golf Course in Wisconsin from Sept. 24-26. The US claimed a resounding 19-9 victory in what turned out to be a thrilling affair.
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
Betting on other PGA events and tours
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:
- The FedEx Cup Playoffs: A three-tournament series where the field gets cut down each time. Eventually, the top 30 golfers meet in the third tournament to determine a winner and the recipient of a $15 million purse.
- The Players Championship: Sometimes referred to as the “fifth major,” the Players Championship features the top players on the PGA Tour playing at TPC Sawgrass for a share of $15 million.
- The Phoenix Open: Officially named the Waste Management Phoenix Open, this tournament is played at TPC Scottsdale and is known for having the rowdiest crowd of spectators of any event. Some golfers don’t appreciate it, but others embrace the raucousness of the fans in attendance.
- Other tours: Outside of the PGA, several tours garner plenty of attention from fans and sports bettors. In the United States, those include the LPGA, which is women’s professional golf, and the PGA Champions Tour, which is for golfers over the age of 50 years old. There is also a developmental tour known currently as the Korn Ferry Tour.
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:
- ALPG Tour
- Asian Tour
- Japan Golf Tour
- Korean Tour
- Ladies Asian Golf Tour
- Ladies European Tour
- LPGA of Japan Tour
- LPGA of Korea Tour
- PGA Tour Canada
- PGA Tour China
- PGA Tour Latinoamérica
- PGA Tour of Australasia
- Professional Golf Tour of India
- Sunshine Tour
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.
What PGA golf events are in New York?
The PGA Tour makes regular stops in NY, but there are none on the schedule for the 2021-22 season. However, those interested in taking a reasonable road trip in the early part of the summer are in luck. The Travelers Championship will be held on June 23-26, 2022 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, CT. Harris English won the event last year while the total prize purse is set at $8.3 million next time around.
Can I bet on the LPGA Tour in New York?
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:
- AIG Women’s British Open: This Major will be hosted in Scotland, from Aug. 4-7, 2022. Anna Nordqvist will hope to defend her title while playing for a part of a $6.8 million prize purse.
- US Women’s Open: The tournament will be held June 2-5 in North Carolina. The prize pool is set at $5.5 million. The defending champion is Yuka Saso.
- Women’s PGA Championship: Held in Maryland from June 23-26, this tournament features a purse worth a total of $4.5million. Nelly Korda is the defending champion.
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.
Beginner golf betting tips and strategies
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:
- Know the tournament: That means don’t just know when and where, though both are important, but also knowing the field that will be competing, the course history and known challenges, and find out what kind of golfer tends to have the most success at that course. The more you can educate yourself about the tournament, the better.
- Know the players: Seems like a no-brainer, right? But we’re talking about more than just being aware that Tiger Woods was once the greatest golfer in the game, or that Jon Rahm is going to have a breakout victory in a Major soon. You need to know which golfers are competing in the tournament, what their current form is, how they play on a particular style of course and what their strengths and weaknesses are. Don’t just judge a player by their reputation. What’s happening in the now is far more important than what has happened in the past.
- Beginners should go big: Don’t start your golf betting on a small tournament that you’ve never heard of. Stick with one of the larger tournaments or even the majors. Those tournaments are going to be analyzed from every angle and every player will be scrutinized for their ability, recent play, and how they’re expected to do on the big stage, and the particular course hosting the Major. Out of the current champions of the four Major PGA tournaments, only one — Shawn Lowry — wasn’t a top-10 golfer at the time.
Is golf better to bet on than other sports?
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.
Golf Betting FAQs
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.