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What is a Double Eagle?

The scoring in golf is based upon the par for each hole, which is the number of strokes a player is expected to take to get the ball into the hole. Most holes are a par 3, 4 or 5, and there are specific terms for shots which are over or under the par. 1 over par is called a bogie, 2 over par a double bogie, 3 over a triple bogie and so on. 1 under par is a birdie, while 2 under par is an eagle and 3 under par is generally referred to as an albatross but is occasionally also know as a double eagle.

How is a Double Eagle used in Sports Betting?

There are two ways in which it is possible to bet on double eagles during the course of a golf tournament. At the start of a tournament, a bettor could place a bet on the number of double eagles which will be scored during the tournament, a figure which will be based upon the strength of the field, the form of the players, the course itself and the predicted weather conditions.

Betting on multiple numbers of double eagles, however, would be fairly brave not to say reckless, since a double eagle is an extremely rare score for even the worlds’ top golfers to score. Officially golfing statistics report that, since 1935, only 18 male players and 4 female players have managed to score a double eagle whilst taking part in a major championship. Beyond the golfing majors, in events such as the World Golf Championship, the Players Championship and the BMW PGA Championship, there have been a few more double eagles scored. Betting on a particular player to score a double eagle during the course of a tournament will involve in-depth consideration of their form and confidence, allied to study of the course itself. The presence of longer par 5 holes often encourages lower scoring. Bookmakers sometimes offer bets on a spread of how many double eagles will be scored across a specific number of championships, such as the Masters, the US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship. The safest bet to place, almost irrespective of the odds, would be on a very low number of double eagles.

See Also:

Birdie or Better

Albatross Betting (Golf)

Cut (Golf)

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