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Golf is one of the world’s most compelling sports. Millions marvel at the greats of the game doing battle for the top prizes on historic courses. Every year there are hundreds of professional tournaments available to bet on allowing fans of golf betting endless opportunities to get closer to the action.

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Top Tournaments

Some of the biggest names in golf appear at the most popular tournaments all year round looking to add their name to the illustrious list of players who have claimed the sport's biggest prizes down the years.

As well as providing some fantastic drama on stunnig courses around the world, this also gives golf bettors the chance to place a bet on their favorites thanks to a huge range of top golf bets and some of the best golf odds on the market.

The Masters

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Tiger Woods has won the Masters on five occasions -© Danielle Parhizkaran-Augusta Chronicle/USA TODAY Sports

The Masters is, quite simply, special. The first Major on the golfing calendar is played on the same iconic Augusta National course each year adds to the rich history and heritage of the tournament.

Golf fans look forward every year to the spectacle of the sport’s finest golfers trying to overcome the challenges of Augusta’s tricky contours and lightning-fast greens.

Augusta has moved with the times, lengthening several holes to counter today’s big hitters. But in other ways its testing character remains unchanged – making Masters Picks a vital part of finding a winner.

Golf betting fans love the Masters and they know that checking course form is essential when planning your bet and finding the best Masters Odds.

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The PGA Championship

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Scottie Scheffler will be one of the favorites at this year's PGA Championship -© Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The huge Wanamaker Trophy awaits the winner of the PGA Championship, which moved to May in 2019 and is now the second Major of the year.

First played in 1916, the PGA Championship now moves between a select band of the most prestigious courses in the USA – making PGA Championship predictions key when it comes to finding a winner.

No player has won the tournament more than four times and there have been several surprise winners. So golf betting sites offer a massive range of markets for bettors to enjoy as they try to work out whose name will be on the trophy after 72 holes – making PGA Championship picks and predictions all the more important.

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The US Open

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The US Open provides one of the toughest tests in the golfing calendar - © Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The third Major of the year presents one of the hardest tests of character for golf’s elite.

The U.S. Open moves from course to course across the United States, but the nature of the tournament is always the same meaning that US Open predictions are essential when picking a winner.

Fast greens accessed by narrow fairways, bordered by deep, forbidding rough are the order of the day wherever the event is held; meaning patience and resilience are key for those who wish to be crowned champion on the third Sunday in June.

Golf betting sites offer a huge variety of bets before and during the U.S. Open, where a purse of more than $12.5 million is on offer so make sure you look out for US Open picks when it comes to finding the best US Open odds.

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The Open

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The Open Championship is one of the most iconic settings in world golf - © Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Open Championship, known as the British Open in the USA, is the oldest golf tournament in the world and the list of winners of the Claret Jug reads as a who’s who of the greatest stars ever to play the game.

Each July, The Open visits one of a series of historic links courses in the United Kingdom - often seaside tracks where the wind and wild terrain pose a special challenge to the field – and the weather conditions can really affect Open Championship odds.

Betting on The Open is always extremely popular, with a host of markets offering various ways in which bettors can get closer to the wonderful play on show – so shop around to find the best Open Championship picks and Open Championship predictions.

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The Ryder Cup

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The Ryder Cup sees golfers from the USA take on those from the UK, Ireland and Europe every two years.

Golf is the ultimate individual pursuit, and yet the Ryder Cup – USA vs Europe – is one of the greatest team events that sport has to offer.

It was traditionally played between the USA and Great Britain and Ireland, but the matchplay event was revitalized when the latter team was extended to include the best players from across Europe.

This is sport at its very finest and millions tune in to watch the three-day event every other year. The head-to-head nature of the contest also allows for a huge selection of intriguing betting markets to capture the interest of golf betting fans – so be sure to check out the Ryder Cup predictions in the build up to the tournament.

Since 1979, Europe have emerged victorious 11 times outright (and retained the cup once in a tied match) with the American side winning eight times over this same period – something to consider when looking for Ryder Cup picks and Ryder Cup odds.

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The Solheim Cup

Solheim Cup

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The best women golfers in Europe and the USA go head-to-head every two years to contest the Solheim Cup.

First played in 1990, the three-day contest, like the Ryder Cup, is a team matchplay event that always provides fascinating sporting entertainment.

Most editions have been won by the USA, but Europe has triumphed in three of the last five matches – something to keep in mind when looking for Solheim Cup odds.

Betting interest in the event is much higher than for most women’s tournaments, with a rich variety of ways in which golf betting sites spark the interest of those who want to increase their engagement with the sport. As a result, many bookmakers will be offering a wide range of Solheim Cup picks and Solheim Cup odds ahead of the tournament.

Golf Betting Explained

While there are many ways to bet on golf, the most popular wagering options are the tournament winner, golf handicap betting and each-way betting,

But there are plenty of other golf bets out there which can offer the best golf odds - things like First Round Betting, Match Bets and Hole in One Betting.

All of this can really add to the excitement of betting on this most fascinating of sport, so here are some of the best options available when it comes to golf bets.

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Golf Tournament Winner

The simplest golf bet you can make – although the size of the fields does add to the challenge. Who will win the tournament? Just decide on the player you think will record the lowest score over the four rounds and wager on them accordingly.

Golf Handicap Betting

The best golf betting sites will give a twist to the market by handicapping certain players. Golf Handicap betting involves adding a number of notional shots to the total of the best players, allowing the sportsbook to create a far more level playing field. They can also offer more generous odds for those elite players.

Each-Way Golf Betting

Technically two separate bets, golf each-way betting consists of a win bet and a place bet. For the win part of the bet to give a return, the player must win outright. However, for the place bet, the player only has to finish in one of the predetermined places to win – normally the top 5. With more than 100 players in the field at big tournaments it’s a very popular golf bet. Look out for special offers at Major tournaments, where some sportsbooks pay out each-way bets on extra places.

First Round Leader

Many golf betting sites will offer prices on players to be at the top of the leaderboard after the first round. If you know a player is a fast starter but doesn’t have the game to challenge for the overall title, this is for you. You could be a winner with three days still to go.

Top 10/20 Finish

Many top golfers are consistent performers without being able to finish in first place. If you notice a player who is regularly placing high on the leaderboard without being able to shave those few extra shots off their score, this is a bet for you.

Match Bets

Even if two players are not in the same group on the course, many golf betting sites will give you an opportunity to bet on which will score lower and finish higher on the leaderboard. This can be played out over a round or the whole tournament.

Hole in One Betting

One very popular novelty golf bet is on the likelihood of a hole in one during a tournament. The chance of this happening on most courses during a four-round event is reasonably high – having this golf bet makes watching the field play the par-three holes even more exciting.

Round Matchups

This is similar to a golf match bet but restricted to one round. The sportsbook selects two players in differing pairings and invites you to wager on who records the lower score. This is often a way of staging a “match” between two old rivals, or a pair of the world’s top rated golfers.

2/3 Ball Betting

When you see an interesting pairing or three-ball preparing to play, it's easy to wonder which of them will have the best round. This golf bet allows you to bet on that group alone and will offer prices on each of the players, as well as the draw.

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