Head-to-Head Golf Matchups
Golf is not considered an active participation sport in most parts of the country during the winter, but there is still plenty of ways to bet on this sport when it is too cold or snowy to play. Most of the top online sportsbooks have began to expand their betting options for weekly professional tournaments from the basic odds for betting on an outright winner.
Additional ways to bet on professional golf can run the gambit from a Top 5 or Top 10 finish to the actual margin of victory at the end of four rounds. The bigger the tournament the bigger selection of golf betting options. When one of the four Majors pops up on the schedule, there is a wide array of props to choose from as another alternative to betting on all the action taking place on the golf course.
When it comes to finding the best value on the board betting golf, you would have to put head-to-head matchups at the top of the list. Betting on an actual winner out of the entire field is a very low percentage bet. There are too many variables that come into play and the actual separation in talent between the best golfer in the world and someone ranked 150th is not all that wide. One or two strokes over the course of four rounds of play can have a huge impact on the outcome of any tournament.
The ability to bet that one golfer finishes better than another over the course of one round or the entire tournament is a much easier ticket to cash. Head-to-head matchups in golf use moneyline odds to separate the favorite from the underdog as follows:
Rory McIlroy +110
Jordan Spieth -120
In this head-to-head matchup, you would have to risk $120 to make $100 that Spieth finishes higher as the favorite. You would earn $110 on a $100 bet that McIlroy has a better score that day if betting by round, or a better four-round effort if betting the tournament as a whole. Even if Rory is 15 over par at the end of the four rounds, you will still cash a winner as long as Jordan is at least 16 shots over par.
There are a number of ways to break down any head-to-head golf matchup you decide to bet on. Current playing form should be at the top of the list. Even the best players in the world are streaky by nature. If someone is coming off a strong finish in each of their last few tournaments, they have a much better chance to stay hot coming into this week’s event.
Another consideration is past performance at a particular golf course. Every player loves certain courses and the psychological advantage remains rather high that they will play well there again this time around. At the opposite end of that spectrum, certain courses have a way of getting in a player’s head, which leads to poor play on a year-by-year basis. If someone has failed to make the cut at a certain venue over the past few years, the chances of missing the cut again this year remain high.
The trick to betting head-to-head matchups is waiting as long as possible to place that bet. Just about every professional golf event begins with the opening round on Thursday followed by three more rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first two days of play determine the cut with the top players moving on to the weekend rounds. By Wednesday of that week, all the odds for head-to-head bets will be posted on the betting board.