Golf for Newbies: How to Bet 2018 PGA Championship

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 5:35 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2018 5:35 PM UTC

The last PGA Tour major of the year, the PGA Championship, will be played Aug. 9-12 in St. Louis at the Bellerive Country Club. Here's a primer on how to bet the tournament. 

<p>The PGA Championship is the least sexy of the majors in golf, primarily because it lacks identity. The Masters is in Augusta, the U.S. Open is a brutal test and the British Open is on a links-style course. The PGA Championship in the last two decades has been played at a variety of courses, some well known and long-respected like Oak Hill, Oakland Hills, and Medinah. Others are newer but have been used in a tighter rotation like Whistling Straits and Valhalla. This will be the last PGA Championship held in August for a while as it's moving to May next year. </p><p>So if you are new to golf wagering and would like to<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/search/?q=how%20to%20bet%20on%20sports"> learn how to bet</a> or stumbled into a bunker betting one of the majors this year, here are some valuable tips.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Understanding 'Pick the Winner' Bet</strong></h2><p>In the picture below, we have the <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow">Bovada odds </a>to win the tournament. Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy are the favorites at +1200. Here is what this means.</p><p><strong>&gt; $100 Bet - </strong>For simplification, we will use $100 as our betting amount, and if you choose either Johnson or McIlroy and they win you would win $1,200. (100 X 12 = 1200)</p><p><strong>&gt; $100 Bet - </strong>If you like Tiger Woods to win as many will do, he's at +2000. If he would win his 15th major, you would take home $2,000 on your $100 wager.</p><p><strong>&gt; $10 Bet - </strong>Let's say you want a little action on a long shot, just more for recreational betting and you watched Kevin Kisner play well at the British Open. If he can put together four solid days and win, his odds of +6600, which would give you $660 of winnings on a small bet of just $10!</p><p><img alt src="https://images-production-753931602578.s3.amazonaws.com/5b58ad79aa35fe00adec3dde/original-pga-championship-odds" style="width:500px;height:507px;border-width:0px;border-style:solid" /></p><h2><strong>Head-To-Head Betting</strong></h2><p>Picking the winner of a golf tournament is never easy. That is why head-to-head betting has become so popular in golf. There are two basic formats, the tournament and daily. They both do the same thing and you just have to choose the winner of the two players matched against each other. Here is an example that would fit either scenario.</p><p><strong>Dustin Johnson -110 vs. Justin Thomas +120</strong></p><p>If you like Johnson, you would wager $110 to win $100 and if you preferred Thomas, you place a $100 bet to win $120.</p><p>If this seems a little confusing, learn more on<a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/search/?q=how%20to%20bet%20on%20sports"> how to read odds</a>. Next, let's talk about the golf course.</p><p style="text-align:center">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/7t00RPOZmn4", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><h2><strong>Bellerive Has History and Beauty</strong></h2><p>Bellerive is a grand old course and has been at its present location since 1960. Just five years later, in 1965, the club hosted the U. S. Open, the youngest course to ever host that tournament. Over the years, this prestigious club has hosted a number national golf events. Among them was the 1992 PGA Championship, won by Nick Price, and this will be this event's first visit since that time.</p><p>The course has been modernized several times in the last 15 years to keep up with equipment changes and how the sport continually changes. The signature holes are No. 14 to 16, known as "The Ridge." Golfers typically have to hit into a prevailing south wind, but if it turns southwest, then they are fighting a crosswind and anything is possible.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Who Can Win the 100th PGA Title?</strong></h2><p>In looking for a trend, seven of the last eight PGA Championship winners have been first-time major winners, including the last three: Jason Day (2015), Jimmy Walker (2016) and Justin Thomas (2017). Taking this into consideration and determining a player that has the right kind of game for this course, let's back Rickie Fowler at +2000 to win his first major.</p><p>If you would like more sports betting information, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/search/?q=how%20to%20bet%20on%20sports">check out our resources</a>. Good luck on your bets!</p>
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