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Golf betting covers the entire section of the sportsbook devoted to the ancient game. Although other markets such as football betting and horse racing may have more visibility, the sheer number of markets and prices available to bettors interested in golf makes it one of the favourites.
Golf is one of those sports that even people who would not consider themselves as fans are happy to bet on. This is largely because – as with tennis betting – there are a number of very famous tournaments that are well known outside the sport.
The four big golf tournaments – or majors – are the Masters, the PGA Championship, the US Open and the Open Championship. These tournaments attract a lot of betting interest and that is even more the case when there is a huge favourite at any time – such as when Tiger Woods was at the top of his game.
With so many players in each competition – and the annual amount of tournaments taking place all around the world – there are lots of golf markets to choose from. In-play betting is especially popular when it comes to golf, as there are so many opportunities to predict the events over the course of a round.
One of the most famous bets in golfing history was placed by Rory McIlroy’s father who bet £200 on his son to win the Open within 10 years early on in his career. When the Northern Irishman won the tournament in 2014 the 500/1 odds meant that he won £100,000. Apparently many of the father’s friends and family also got in on the action.