Golf betting for all of the top events is available at legal online sports betting sites. Interest tends to be the highest for the four majors — Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and British Open — but bettors can also place wagers on every PGA Tour stop. Here’s a look at all of the ways you can bet on golf, the latest golf odds and information on where you can legally and safely bet on every tournament.
Golf betting at online sportsbooks for 2023
Live golf odds
Below, you’ll find a customizable live feed of golf betting odds from US online sportsbooks. Use the drop-down menu on the left to see the odds for the next PGA tournament and upcoming majors. On the right, you can use the menu to select your state (if you’re located in a state where sports betting is legal).
Where can I legally bet on golf online in the US?
You can legally bet on golf in a growing number of states. Here’s the current list:
|Where you can legally bet||Minimum betting age||Online launch date|
|New Hampshire||18||December 2019|
|New Jersey||21||August 2018|
|New York||21||January 2022|
|Rhode Island||18||September 2019|
|Washington, DC||18||June 2020|
|West Virginia||21||August 2019|
Additionally, several other states have legalized in-person betting. Of this group, some also permit online betting (albeit with restrictions), while others have yet to pass online and mobile betting legislation.
How to bet on golf online
Betting on golf online is convenient if you live in one of the states where it’s legal to do so. Many such states will have multiple betting options available, including DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook. The registration process is typically similar regardless of the online sportsbook and should take just a few minutes to complete. To sign up, you’ll have to enter some basic information:
- Date of birth
- Phone number
- Social Security number
Although eligibility requirements may vary slightly depending on the state, they are mostly similar. For instance, you must be at least the minimum legal age in the state where you’re betting. While most states require bettors to be 21 or older, some only require bettors to be 18 or older.
Another requirement is that you have to be in the state where it’s legal to place sports bets. Online sportsbooks will use geolocation technology to determine where you are at the time of betting. All the top sportsbooks above offer a variety of golf betting options. You’ll be able to wager on all of the major championships and PGA tournaments, as well as other select golf events.
Offshore sportsbook risks
Not only are offshore sportsbooks illegal, but they’re unreliable compared to sportsbook apps in the legal US sports betting market. Every legal sportsbook complies with regulations related to customer safety and security. Offshore books entail risks, and they don’t provide any sort of legal or regulatory protection if you do happen to run into an issue.
Basics of golf betting
Wagering on golf can be a little more complex for new bettors. The exact options may vary by book, but the majority of the top legal online sportsbooks offer a solid amount to choose from. Let’s break down the basic types of golf bets:
- To win: The most common way to bet on a golf tournament is to choose who you think will win the entire event.
- Versus the field: Wager on a specific golfer, typically a tournament favorite, and how that golfer will fare against another group of players.
- Head-to-head: Sportsbooks will offer lines for who will shoot a lower score between two golfers.
- Finishing positions: Bet on golfers to finish in the top five, 10, 20, etc.
- First-round leader: Bet on which golfer will have the lead after the first 18 holes of play.
- Group matchups: Choose the best-scoring golfer from a group of three or four.
Golf futures are common and should be available at every regulated sportsbook in the US. As with futures wagers in other sports, you place a bet on a certain golfer before the tournament begins with hopes that your pick will win the event in the end. Futures are generally available for the biggest tournaments on the calendar, such as the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and British Open. Many sportsbooks also offer futures on who will be crowned the season-long FedEx Cup Champion.
Live golf betting
Live betting is one of the most popular ways to bet on all sports, including golf. Essentially, you can bet on the action as the tournament is taking place. Sportsbooks will allow you to bet on who will win the tournament at almost any time. They will continue to update their pre-round odds to reflect the play and scores already on the leaderboard. Some books may offer other live odds for head-to-head player matchups and props like how a golfer will finish the next hole.
Golf prop betting
Besides the standard wagers, sportsbooks may also offer a variety of prop bets on various smaller aspects within a golf tournament. Here are some of the most common golf props:
- Nationality of winning golfer
- Will there be a hole-in-one?
- Will a playoff be necessary to decide the winner?
- Range of scoring for a specific golfer
- Stroke lead for the tournament winner
- Best scoring golfer in a given round
- Golfer to make or miss the cut
Betting on golf majors
The four biggest tournaments of the golfing year — aka the majors — are the most popular events from a betting, viewing and general interest perspective:
- PGA Championship
- US Open
- British Open (The Open Championship)
Betting on the Masters
- Date: April 6-9, 2023
- Location: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia
- Prize pool: $15 million
- 2022 champion: Scottie Scheffler
The Masters is one of the most famous golf tournaments in the world. Unlike the other three majors, the Masters never changes its location from year to year. Augusta National is one of the world’s most famous golf courses and hosts the world’s best golfers every spring. Scottie Scheffler picked up an impressive victory at the 2022 edition while carding a -10. Rory McIlroy finished in second at -7. Jack Nicklaus has the most titles at Augusta with six, followed by Tiger Woods with five.
Betting on the PGA Championship
- Date: May 18-21, 2023
- Location: Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, New York
- Prize pool: $15 million
- 2022 champion: Justin Thomas
The PGA Championship is the second major of the year. Justin Thomas won the 2022 PGA Championship in a playoff over Will Zalatoris. Nicklaus is tied for most wins at this major with five. He shares that honor with Walter Hagen.
Betting on the US Open
- Date: June 15-18, 2023
- Location: Los Angeles Country Club, Los Angeles
- Prize pool: $17.5 million
- 2022 champion: Matthew Fitzpatrick
The US Open marks the national championship of golf in this country. The tournament tends to be the most difficult of the four majors in terms of overall scoring. Often, the champion is only a few strokes under par. Matthew Fitzpatrick won last time out at -6. Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris tied for second at -5. Several golfers share the record for most US Open victories with four: Nicklaus, Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones and Ben Hogan.
Betting on the British Open
- Date: July 20-23, 2023
- Location: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England
- Prize pool: $14 million
- 2022 champion: Cameron Smith
The last of the four majors to happen is the British Open, which also bills itself as “The Open Championship.” It’s the only major golf tournament that occurs overseas, in England, Northern Ireland or Scotland. Cameron Smith won it last time around, beating Cameron Young by a single stroke. Harry Vardon holds the record for most British Open wins with six. He earned his last title in 1914.
Betting on PGA Tour events, other tours
The PGA Tour season gets started in September and goes all the way through August. While there are only four major tournaments, there are plenty of other betting options for golf fans. Outside of the four majors, the following are some of the most significant events on the golf schedule:
- The Players Championship
- The Northern Trust
- BMW Championship
- Tour Championship
- Memorial Tournament
- AT&T Byron Nelson
- Arnold Palmer Invitational
- Waste Management Phoenix Open
In addition to the PGA Tour, sportsbooks will offer odds for other tours, including the LPGA, LIV Golf, the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour and the Champions Tour.
Betting on the LPGA
For bettors who prefer to wager on the women’s golf tour, the LPGA also has a sizable schedule. Similar to the smaller tournaments in the PGA Tour, sportsbooks might not have an abundance of betting lines for the LPGA, but they should have the most popular odds available. The LPGA season begins in January and concludes in November. Here are some of the top women’s events that don’t include major championships:
- CME Group Tour Championship
- CP Women’s Open
- Meijer LPGA Classic
- Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
- BMW Ladies Championship
Betting on match play, the Ryder Cup
For both men and women, you’ll be able to bet on international golf events throughout the year. Some of these will consist of match play, as opposed to stroke play, like the majority of tournaments. The Ryder Cup, as well as several others, include match play, which means players go up against a single opponent in each round. Instead of counting each golfer’s total number of strokes, the only thing that matters is which golfer wins the head-to-head contest. The main bets for these events are the outright winners and head-to-head matchups.
Golf live streaming
As you can bet on the go, you’re now able to watch golf on the go as well. Many tournaments are available to stream online through different outlets. Broadcast coverage will vary by event, but top options include:
- Golf Channel
The top sportsbooks will regularly update the odds as the action plays out on the course. As you watch the events play out in real-time on television or your device, you can also keep on top of the latest sportsbook offerings via your web browser and mobile device (provided there’s not a delay).
How to watch the PGA Tour live
Beginning in 2022, ESPN+ became the exclusive home of PGA Tour Live, which provides extended and expanded coverage of tournaments. All told, PGA Tour Live provides coverage of up to 35 tournaments per year, with more than 3,000 hours of live streaming spread out across four feeds of the events:
- Main Feed
- Featured Holes
- Marquee Group
- Featured Group
The main broadcast home for each tour stop has exclusive windows of coverage, typically on weekend afternoons, but it can be across all four days for the majors and other select events. Meanwhile, PGA Tour Live is the place to go for more extensive coverage and an all-day look at the action on the course for dozens of tournaments. It’s available with subscriptions to ESPN+, which is accessible via smart TVs and various other connected devices.