Aussie Golfer’s advice to anyone thinking about betting on golf is…don’t. I realise that there’s a few websites out there devoted to providing statistics and offering expert golf knowledge in order to make your bet in informed one but in truth, it’s still a suckers game and golf must be one of the hardest sports to bet on.
This hasn’t stopped yours truly from sticking a few dollars on the odd golfer now and then and I’m amazed at some of the ridiculous odds provided by some of Australia’s leading sports betting organisations. I always assumed they’d entice
suckers sports fans with some half decent odds, not be put off by scenarios that have less chance of happening than Ian Baker-Finch winning the Colonial Open.
For example, before the US Masters you could place a bet on golfers that they to finish in the Top 10 at every major this year. Apart from you-know-who, is there anyone you would seriously consider doing put some money down for?!
The bet is still available but obviously restricted to those players who finished in the Top 10 at Augusta, here they are:
|Tiger Woods 2.10||Shingo Katayama 26.00|
|Phil Mickelson 3.75||Steve Stricker 15.00|
|Jim Furyk 11.00||Sean O’Hair 15.00|
|Hunter Mahan 17.00||Steve Flesch 26.00|
|Angel Cabrera 15.00||Chad Campbell 19.00|
|Kenny Perry 13.00|
Let me highlight so problems with this. Tiger Woods, the world’s best golfer has only ever done this twice (‘00, ‘05)! Figjam has achieved it once before (‘04). At only 2.10 and 3.75, are they really worth a bet? Kenny Perry decided not to play The Open last year and Campbell, Mahan, Katayama, Stricker and O’Hair have never played all the majors or made the cut in a year yet the longest odds are at $26! Does anyone really think it’s worth a bet on Furyk at $11?
I’m not saying one or more of these guys could achieve this feat but the odds don’t seem realistic enough in terms of how difficult the task is. I’d love to know how many people actually bet on this scenario.
One more thing. I placed an each way bet on a golfer recently meaning he could win the event or finish Top 5. He surged on the final day to finish 5th. More specifically, a three-way tie for 5th. I was fairly happy with that little wager until I was informed that because it was a tie, the dead heat rule applies and my winning dividend was divided by 3.
Tipping the winner of a golf tournament is extremely difficult. Tipping a golfer to finish Top 5 or Top 10 is still difficult. All of the large Australian betting agency’s appear to use this dead heat rule and it is in the fine print.
I’m making the print a little bigger so if you bet on golf in future, you’re now a little more informed.