Golf Free Bets
Betting on golf peaks around the four Majors of the season, and Ryder Cup biannually, but with both the PGA Tour and European Tour running simultaneously there is rarely a weekend in the calendar without a high-profile golfing event. Golf free bets are most frequently used on the US Masters, The US Open, The Open Championship, the USPGA Championship and as Europe and the USA go head-to-head in the Ryder Cup. However don't be limited by the big events! They can also be used on any golf tournament throughout the season.
All the promotions that you see on FREEbets.org.uk can be used as golf free bets. Whether you fancy Tiger Woods to start winning majors again, think that Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler will dominate the golfing landscape for years to come or feel this is the year that Lee Westwood will break his Major duck, you can place a wager on it.
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Golf in May
There are huge events on both the US PGA Tour and European Tour in May. The countdown begins to the US Open next month which is the second major of the season. Dustin Johnson is the defending champion and he can be backed at 9/1 with Ladbrokes to win the championship again. The Colonial and Memorial taking place at the end of the month are well established tournaments played on old style courses. The highlight is the Players Championship, known as the fifth major due to the quality of the field. The event has a permanent home at TPC Sawgrass, famous for the island 17th green which is surrounded by water. Kim Si-woo won the event in 2017. The PGA Championship is the flagship event of the European Tour and takes place at Wentworth this month. The field is usually the strongest in Britain other than the Open and several US based players compete. Alex Noren was the champion last year.
The PGA Championship is the European Tour’s most prestigious event after the Open Championship. It is the flagship event of the European Tour and attracts the strongest field of the year outside the major and any World Golf Championship events. The host location is the West Course at Wentworth which is one of the best inland 18 holes of golf in the UK. It’s a tree-lined track with fairly generous fairways leading to greens that are hard and fast after a dry spell. The course has a conventional par of 72 but made up of a 35-37 layout and the last two holes are par 5s so much can happen towards the end of a round. The favourite early in the week is Rory McIlroy at 7/1 with William Hill. Miguel-Angel Jimenez is the favourite for the Senior PGA Championship while the Fort Worth International is the event in the States but at the time of writing the final field had not been confirmed.
It’s A Big Year For Tiger Woods And Golf In France
There is a Ryder Cup in 2018 when France stages the matches for the first time but the main subplot of the season could be the return to the game of Tiger Woods. The 14-times major champion played well in his own invitational event at the end of the year and his odds have been slashed for the US Masters. Rory McIlroy just needs to win the first major of the season to complete the career Grand Slam that only five players have achieved including Woods.
Sergio Garcia finally won that elusive first major at the 2017 Masters Tournament and Rickie Fowler could break his majors’ duck at Augusta National in April. Even in the two years that Woods has been absent the sport has moved on. Jordan Spieth added to his tally of majors in the Open, Justin Thomas emerged as a new potential number one and Dustin Johnson has reached his peak. Woods will struggle to win regular tournaments and another major championship looks beyond him.
Justin Rose won the US Open in 2013 and lost in the playoff for the Masters to Garcia. He made a great run at the Race to Dubai but faltered from a winning position in the final qualifying tournament. Tommy Fleetwood was the European Tour number one but Rose can gain some compensation in the Masters. At the turn of the year Fowler and Rose are the two against the field in the US Masters.
The US Open is the most mentally and physically demanding of the four majors and is often played in hot conditions. Bogey avoidance is more important that birdie conversion and hitting fairways and greens in the correct number of shots is paramount. Spieth, Garcia and Johnson were top 10 players for greens hit last season and they are the three players to be with in the US Open.
The 2018 British Open is being played at Carnoustie which is a tough course. The degree of difficulty increases if the wind blows and that is often a factor on links courses. Hideki Matsuyama has been knocking on the door in majors but Rose looks destined to win an Open. This could be a great season in the majors for Rose and he can contend at Augusta and Carnoustie but Matsuyama could become the first Asian major champion in July.
Thomas could achieve the rare feat of winning the same major two years in a row. He has now proved he can win at the highest level and he has a game suited to the type of courses that host the USPGA Championship. Woods would be a factor if he has a good season but that remains to be seen. The Ryder Cup is being played at Le Golf National course near Paris and Europe could prevail at home.
Golf Betting Markets
Betting on golf is similar in many ways to betting on horse racing, in that the main betting aspect of the sport is based around a single market with a large number of runners. Most golf bettors will place their golf free bets as either a win single or an each-way bet on the outright winner of a tournament, as is done in betting on a horse race.
There are however, many more peripheral markets in golf betting. Punters can use their golf free bets to back the leader at the end of round 1, 2 or 3, the winner of any particular two-ball or three-ball, the overall winning score, the overall margin of victory, 72-hole match bets plus plenty of player specials. Other markets include:
- Will there be a hole in one?
- Will there be an albatross?
- Top 5 finish
- Winning nationality
- Top European
- Top American
World Golf Rankings
With events occuring almost all-year round, there is plenty of movement in the rankings of the world's top golfers. Success in the major's can undobtably lead to a substantial leap in a player's standings so make sure you keep up to date with who's in form as they are sure to be a good idea to use your golf free bet on.
- Dustin Johnson (USA)
- Jordan Spieth (USA)
- Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)
- Justin Thomas (USA)
- John Rahm (ESP)
- Jason Day (AUS)
- Rickie Fowler (USA)
- Rory McIlroy (NIR)
- Henrik Stenson (SWE)
- Sergio Garcia (ESP)
Betting on Golf Majors
Golf’s four majors attract more attention on an annual basis, and consequently more golf free bets, than any other event in the golf calendar. The Masters, The US Open, The Open and The US PGA Championships are the events that all the pros want on their CV with all the world’s top golfers honing their preparations in order to peak at these events.
The Masters is the first Major of the season and takes place in April at Augusta. The winner is awarded the famous green jacket and is presented with it by the previous year’s winner. The Open Championship is the only one of the four Majors that takes place outside of the USA but certainly carries the most prestige. The Open is entwined in the history of golf and all of the game’s great players have their names etched on the famous Claret Jug. The Open Championship is undoubtedly the most popular of golf betting events throughout the season.
Away from the four Majors there is plenty of action for punters to use their golf free bets on. The European Tour’s Race to Dubai has twists and turns on a weekly basis, as event winners move up the money list moving others down the pecking order, while across the Atlantic there is similar jostling for position throughout the season in the FedEx Cup.
In Ryder Cup years punters can also use their golf free bets to predict which players will make either the US or European teams. Each team captain has the opportunity to pick a handful of players, but the majority of each team is made up of the best performing players over the course of the season leading up to the event. Then once the Ryder Cup arrives bettors can, of course, bet on every aspect from the overall winner to the winner of each individual four-ball, foursomes or singles match-up.
Today's Golf Bet
Tommy Fleetwood to win the BMW PGA Championship at 12/1 with Unibet.
Ladbrokes have enhanced odds for the match between Real Madrid and Liverpool.
Betfair have enhanced odds for the Champions League final.
888Sport have an offer related to the Champions League final.
BetVictor's version of customised betting is called PriceItUp.
William Hill's odds For England to win the World Cup.
Coral's odds for Harry Kane to be the World Cup top scorer.
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