PGA Golf Betting Tips – Learn the Basics, Get PGA Odds for This Week

Golf doesn’t get the attention that football, basketball and baseball do, but it’s every bit as fun to bet on. Golf has gained immense popularity in the DFS and sports betting communities in recent years, and if you don’t currently bet on golf you probably know someone who does. From calcuttas, pick’em pools, and outright bets, the Masters in particular is one of the most popular events in sports betting. With legal online sportsbooks popping up throughout the country, you may be wondering how you can get in on the golf action.

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Jumping into golf betting can be a bit intimidating, especially if you aren’t following the PGA Tour week in and week out. Most events have 140 or more golfers to choose from! This golf betting guide will help you overcome any jitters you might have on the tee box – or in this case, the betting menu.

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Types of PGA Golf Bets

There are many ways to bet on golf, but the most common way is wagering on outright winners for a specific tournament. In majors (The Masters, The Open, The U.S. Open, PGA Championship) there are even more options to choose from. Here are some of the type of bets you’ll see on golf betting menus.

  • Outrights
  • Prop Bets at Monkey Knife Fight
  • Matchups (for tournament and by round)
  • Three Ball and Group Bets
  • First Round Leader
  • Place Betting
  • Each-Way Betting

What Is A PGA Golf Outright Bet?

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A PGA outright bet is a bet that is placed on a golfer to win a specific tournament. With a traditional tournament field including up to 156 golfers, you can find +700 (7-to-1) favorites to bet on like Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy or you can find up to +20000 (200-to-1) longshots that include both young golfers trying to make a name for themselves and aging veterans trying to show that they still have gas in the tank.

Because of the large field, you’ll see numbers that you might not be accustomed to while betting other sports.

To be sure, a $10 bet at +700 earns you $70 + your initial $10 investment; a bet for the same amount at +20000, earns $2,000 + the initial $10 investment.

Typically, 70 golfers make the cut after the first two rounds. If your golfer misses the cut, your bet is a loss.

Prop Betting At Monkey Knife Fight (use our Monkey Knife promo code to get a $50 deposit bonus)

One alternative way to bet on golf is at Monkey Knife Fight.

For those unfamiliar, Monkey Knife Fight is a unique take on daily fantasy that pits players against the house (rather than other players) in a series of prop bets. There are no lineups to build or salaries to manage. Simply pick a game, look at the available props, make your decision, and choose a bet amount.

You can play Monkey Knife Fight golf betting games like Over/Under, Par Patrol, Bunch of Birdies, Eagle Eye and Rapid Fire. 

For example, will Justin Thomas have over or under 15.5 holes of par or better? Will Tommy Fleetwood shoot over or under 69.5 strokes in Round 3? If you get both correct, you’ll earn 2.22.x your buy-in (or you can add more picks to increase your payout).

Golf is my favorite sport to play at Monkey Knife Fight because you can use the weather to your advantage and correlate your plays based on how difficult or easy you think the course will play on a given day.

When betting at Monkey Knife Fight it’s important to keep an eye on the forecasts and course conditions. Pay close attention to how Monkey Knife Fight adjusts their props from round to round, as there’s potentially a number of correlated plays to take advantage of. If the field is scoring low numbers, then bet on multiple guys to score Over X number of birdies or Under X total strokes. If the wind is expected to impact play in later rounds of a tournament, consider stacking Over X total strokes and Under X number of birdies.

PGA Golf Matchup Betting

After outright bets, betting on golf matchups is the second most popular way people bet on golf.

A matchup or a head-to-head bet is typically made between two golfers. The bettor chooses which golfer he thinks is the best value to win.

Like betting on hockey and baseball teams, matchup betting in golf is based on a moneyline. The moneyline tells the bettor how much they have to risk and how much they will win on said bet. The quickest way to understand the money line is using $100. For example, if Rory McIlroy is a -180 favorite versus Jordan Spieth +150, you will have to risk $180 to win $100 on McIlroy. If you bet on Spieth, you will risk $100 to win $150. To be clear, you aren’t required to bet $100. You can bet as much or as little as your sportsbook will allow.

Sometimes the math can be confusing depending on the amount you want to wager. Luckily, all the

About the Author

  • Matt Schmitto (schmitto)

  • Matt Schmitto is a staff writer for RotoGrinders Sports Betting. He grew up in Texas, graduating from Texas Tech University. He has played high stakes DFS since 2013, and enjoys betting on golf, basketball and football – and whatever else is put in front of him. Schmitto is an advocate of The Bettor’s Oath.