The most attractive thing about golf betting is that punters can claim some winners at huge odds, which come in on a regular basis.
The challenge is to narrow down fields of 156 players into realistic hopefuls by considering key elements that point to success.
You need to consider how well they have been performing in recent tournaments, the results they have gained in previous outings at that week’s venue and whether the test is suitable for the strengths of their game, whether that is how far they hit it off the tee, how straight the ball tends to go and their ability on and around the greens.
And, if that’s not enough, you have to keep an eye on the weather forecast as well as their chances could easily be scuppered if they go out at the wrong time of day.
This is simply selecting who you think will win the tournament and you can get some decent each-way returns if your players fall just short on Sundays.
But you can cut the field down a bit. Firstly, you can back a player to finish in the top ten, or top 20 or you can select the player you think might be the top American finisher in the field or top senior or top amateur.
These bets will cover all four rounds and any potential playoff needed to identify the winner.
Don’t worry if you failed to get your bets on before the first ball was struck on Thursday morning, as there should be opportunities to get involved further down the line.
The fact a tournament lasts four days helps greatly in this respect as you can take in the action, sleep on it and then back players before the action starts the following day.
Match bets fall into two categories: tournament bets and two-ball or three-ball betting.
Tournament bets are straightforward. You can bet on one player finishing higher up the leaderboard than another and sometimes players of perceived equal ability will be grouped together. A bigger price will therefore be available if a player finishes ahead of four rivals rather than just one.
In two-ball or three-ball betting, a player is priced to complete his round in fewer shots than his playing partner or partners on that particular day, so look out if you have a course specialist up against someone struggling. These prices are available on each of the four rounds.
Other betting opportunities include the margin of victory. Here you are just betting on the number of shots the winner will triumph by, regardless of who he is.
And then there are specials such as will there be a hole in one or an albatross during the tournament. You can also select players to make or miss the cut which usually comes into force at the end of the second round.
So, there are a wealth of markets out there and something for everyone.
You can find all the latest golf odds for the tournaments around the world on the MansionBet Golf page.