Newbies Guide to Betting Golf: 2018 US Open

Swinging Johnson

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 3:18 PM UTC

Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2018 3:18 PM UTC

If you’ve never bet on golf, there’s no time like the present. And what better event on which to wager than the U.S. Open, which tees off June 14 from Shinnecock Hills in New York. Let’s discuss how to wager, what to look for and whom to watch.

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The Basics

If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve gripped it and ripped it at least a few times yourself. No matter how poorly you’ve played golf, there’s always that one shot that keeps you coming back for more. And of course, there’s more to it than just whacking a little white ball around 18 holes. There’s the charm of the game like the still of the course at sunrise, yuckin’ it up with your buddies, downing a few cold ones at the turn, and lest we forget; making a few friendly wagers. But nobody does it better than the professionals, and that’s why we watch them consistently make shots that we could only dream of and live a life getting paid beaucoup bucks to play on the plush lush of the most stunning golf courses in the world.

Speaking of stunning golf courses, the 2018 U. S. Open will be held at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. for the fifth time in its history. The golfers who make the U.S. Open cut are the best in the business and we not only get to watch them in the luxury of our own living rooms but we can make a few bucks in the process. Without further ado, let’s talk about betting golf.

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Pick Your Player

In order to know the U.S. Open golf odds, you’ve got to find them and the first place any recreational or serious gambler turns is to SBR, which has odds from all the best online sportsbooks on anything from car racing, to thoroughbred racing, to football, and of course golf. A quick glance of the prevailing U.S. Open odds tells us that Jordan Spieth (+600), Dustin Johnson (+1000), Rory McIlroy (+1000), and old buddy Tiger Woods (+1400) are favored over a field of dozens.

But what do those numbers in parentheses mean? In the case of Tiger, betting $100 on the three-time U. S. Open champ will get you $1400 if he wins the tournament, thus the +1400 next to his name. The 2017 U. S. Open champion, Brooks Koepka, has odds of +4000, which means a $100 wager wins you $4000, a $50 wager will win you $2000, and so on. But let’s not forget that last year’s U.S. Open was held at a different golf course (Erin Hills) and the change of venue may not play well for Mr. Koepka. Remember, these odds are based on the scores at the end of the four-day tournament and the player with the lowest shot total wins the money.

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#USOpen preview: Shinnecock Hills, hole No. 16: par 5, 616 yards

Longest hole on the course ☑️
A three-shot hole for many ☑️
Narrow, well-protected putting surface ☑️

In partnership with @DeloitteUS pic.twitter.com/oLkyijdNav

— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 5, 2018
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Head-to-Head

Many of the top online sportsbooks also have odds on head-to-head matchups that you can include in your U.S. Open golf picks. Check out your favorite golfer and see which matchups the oddsmakers have pitted against him. For instance, McIlroy might be favored -170 over Tiger +140. In that scenario, if you want to bet on McIlroy to wind up with a better score at the end of the tournament than Woods, then you must bet $170 to win $100. However, if Tiger Woods, as the underdog, is your choice then you would bet $100 to win $140. The minus sign signifies the favorite and the plus sign indicates the underdog. These are called money lines.

The oddsmakers also put out point spreads on golfers as they do in football and basketball, to name a few. In the same scenario between McIlroy and Woods, the point spread or “line” might be McIlroy -2½ meaning you can bet McIlroy to beat Woods by more than 2½ shots at the end of the tournament or you could bet Woods +2½ shots, which means if McIlroy ends with a score of 280 and Woods’ score is 282 then Tiger would be the winner of that matchup even though McIlroy scored better by two shots. McIlroy would have had to win by three shots to cover the number (2½) and bring home the bacon for all who backed him.

So do a little homework before you bet and when you pick out a golfer who you believe will score better than the rest, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is and head on over to SBR Odds where you will find the best books dealing odds on the 2018 U.S Open and so much more!

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The stage is set, time for a few days prep work @usopengolf 🚁🗽🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/e2U8GDKM9B

— Justin Rose (@JustinRose99) June 4, 2018
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