Last Updated on September 21, 2022
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A bogey is the word used when a golfer scores one over par for a particular hole on a golf course. Par, it should be remembered, is the number of strokes which an expert golfer is expected to take to get the ball in the hole, and the majority of golf holes are par 3, 4 or 5. Therefore, a score of 4, 5 or 6 would be a bogey on each of these holes respectively. Two shots over par for a hole is known as a double bogie, and three shots as a triple bogie.
Betting on a player or players scoring a bogey on a hole tends to be an in play bet, being placed once the golfer in question is already out on the course. If the player scores one over par on the hole, then the bet will pay out, while a bet on a bogey or worse will pay out if the player is two or more over par.
Placing a successful bet on a bogey will depend upon keeping a careful eye on the play in order to determine which players are having a bad round and, in particular, whether poor weather conditions make it more likely that certain holes will deliver bigger scores. The range of bets on a bogey range from simply betting that a player will score over par on the next hole, to selecting both players in a pairing and betting that both or neither of them will score a bogey. No matter which kind of bogey bet is placed, making the right pick will depend upon following the action carefully, as the odds for each player are likely to shift as the round develops. It will also pay dividends to get to know the course extremely well in order to second guess which holes are going to give players problems. It’s also possible to place a spread bet on the number of bogeys a particular player will score during the course of a tournament, and bookmakers occasionally offer special bets paying out for each bogey scored by the eventual winner of a tournament.
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