Along with auto racing, professional golf is one of the fastest-growing sports for betting action. The most common way to bet on golf is to pick the winner of a given tournament. As in auto racing books, golf tournament books typically list twenty to thirty — and sometimes more — individual players at specific odds, with the rest lumped into a field with one set of odds.
Competition for sports bets is fierce, and it's worth your time to shop around for the best odds. Some sportsbooks now offer parlays in which the bettor wins in case of a tie. This gives you an advantage, so if you want to place parlay bets, look for this feature.
Golf betting also offers match-up propositions similar to those offered in auto racing. These are money line bets, with the negative number indicating the favorite. The main difference in golf matchups is that if one player fails to make the cut in the tournament, the bet is still considered action and the golfer who does make the cut wins the matchup.
Increasingly, as a handful of individuals seem to dominate the professional golf tournaments, you can find a variation of a matchup in which one player is pitted against two or more other players. For example, a sportsbook might offer a matchup among Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Tom Lehman. To win your wager on Woods in this kind of matchup, his score has to be better than both Mickelson's and Lehman's.
Some sportsbooks offer other proposition bets in golf, such as over/under bets on the winning score, the lowest score, or where a given player will finish in the tournament.