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A birdie is the name given to a golf score which is one below the par set for the hole. Birdie or better refers to a player scoring one or more under par, and can be used in a variety of bets of golf matches. The standard bets on golf tournaments tend to be on a particular player to win, or perhaps on the spread of how many under or over par a player will be after a particular number of holes or rounds, or at the end of the entire tournament.
Birdie or better tends to be an in play bet, which is to say that a bettor places the bet after a player has started their round. A bet on a player to score a birdie or better means that they will have to score at least one under par for the bet to pay out. By opting for birdie or better, rather than simply birdie, the bettor increases the chance of a successful bet, as an eagle or albatross will also deliver the result.
Placing successful birdie or better bets relies on watching the play closely in order to determine which players are in form, which are the most likely to benefit from the prevailing weather conditions and which holes are offering the best scoring opportunities. Birdie or better bets range from simply betting that a player will score below par on the next hole, to selecting both players, either player or neither player contesting a hole to score birdie or better. In all cases, the odds will shift during the course of a round, enabling bettors who follow the action closely to pick their bets carefully throughout the day’s action.