How to Bet on Golf
Golf is a highly popular sport to bet on and there are tournaments played somewhere in the world for 50 weeks of the year. There are several Tours around the world and time differences between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres mean even over the winter months in Britain the Asian and Sunshine Tours schedule tournaments.
One of the reasons for the popularity of golf betting is extensive live television coverage. Sky Sports show live golf from the US PGA and European Tours during the regular season. The World Golf Championship events and majors also receive extensive coverage, in addition to the Ryder Cup.
Most stroke play tournaments consist of 72 holes over four days. That means a bettor can have an interest for four days, especially if the selected players contend. Sundays in particular are favourite days for golf bettors as this is when the final round of most tournaments is played.
Before the emergence of dedicated sports channels golf was extensively covered on terrestrial TV. Both main channels had a full quota of live events, especially those staged in Britain. The British Open is now the only major championship that is shown live on free to view channels.
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Main Golfing Events
The two main Tours are the US PGA Tour and the European Tour. The US Tour begins in the first week of the year with the Tournament of Champions. This is a limited field event with only tournament winners from the previous season eligible to play. The regular season finale is the Tour Championship in September.
The Tour Championship is the last event of the Play-Off series. This consists of four lucrative tournaments which determine who wins the FedEx Cup. The player who amasses most money during the season receives a 10 million dollar bonus.
The European Tour is more of a global tour. It includes co-sanctioned events with the Asian, Australasian and South African Tours. Strangly the first event on the 2013 schedule took place at the end of the previous year.
At the end of the season in Europe and the States the money list shows who has won most cash. Luke Donald became the first player to win both titles in 2011 and Rory McIlroy emulated that feat a year later.