Last Updated on September 17, 2022
Fact checked by: Jesse M Cox
The leaderboard in golf serves the same purpose as a scoreboard in numerous other sports and enables fans and officials to keep track of who is in what position throughout a competition.
The leaderboard comes in the form of a digital version as a constantly changing graphic for use on TV, while at each venue where a tournament is taking place, a large often vertical structure is on show at certain points around the course often depicting the top ten players score in relevance to par.
The scoreboard is a vital instrument in keeping track of the top performing players throughout the tournament and keeping everyone informed of exactly what is going on around the course hole by hole.
A leaderboard is a vital component in golf betting when it comes to the live sports betting markets.
As the leaderboards are real-time (updated after each hole a player completes) it allows a punter to see how the tournament is unfolding quickly and easily, which in turn allows a bettor to make a smarter decision.
For example, because golf tournaments are traditionally over four rounds, once the field has been cut after two rounds, the picture is much clearer as to who is likely to win with anyone outside the top 20 often deemed too far back to challenge.
The leaderboard gives the picture of who is on form in the closing stages and who might be worth an outside punt for a late charge up the leaderboard.
In 1941 an underground network of telephone cables was installed to enable leaderboard operators to quickly update the scoreboards to keep everyone in the loop quickly.
Even to this day, many tournaments still have staff manually updating the leaderboards at certain points around the course but advancement in technology has made this a speedy process.