The main focus as far as golf is concerned centres around the four major events in each calendar year – The British Open, The US Masters, The US Open and the USPGA. These days however, there are professional tournaments held practically every week so there is always something to enjoy.
Those four events are also matched, in terms of drama, by the Ryder Cup amongst others so this really is the best time to be a golf fan.
The big four
The British Open should, strictly speaking, just be referred to as The Open and this is where golf was born. The game was invented in Scotland and the home of the sport is St Andrews, which earns the right to stage the tournament on a more regular basis than other courses.
The Open was first held in 1860 and it now takes place every July with the world’s best golfers in attendance.
The majors actually begin with the US Masters which is held at the same Augusta course each year. The tournament was established in 1934 and the action takes place every April. From there we move on to the US Open which is played at alternating venues each June.
The US Open is the second oldest of the four main events and it was first held in 1895 at Newport Golf Club on Rhode Island. The USPGA – formally known as the PGA Championship then finishes the Majors schedule in August.
For each of the majors and for any tournament, you can bet on the outright winner and you can also stake on first round leader, top five finish, top ten finish and more. Other popular markets include winning nationality – a growing option as players from across the world get even stronger.
The biggest matchplay event is undoubtedly the Ryder Cup which sees the best golfers from America and Europe face off over three days. The tournament was first held in 1927 with the US taking on GB and Ireland but it’s fair to say that the early competitions were not that competitive.
With America dominating for many years, the organisers expanded the Ryder Cup in 1979 and the GB and Ireland side became Team Europe. Suddenly, a whole new audience was drawn to the event and with closer contests, the Cup became infinitely more exciting.
The Ryder Cup takes place every two years and recent times have seen a shift, with Europe completing their third successive win in 2014.
Betting on Matchplay Golf gives you further options as you can stake on every game within the event. With Ryder Cup betting, punters can also speculate on the overall score at the end of the three days.
If you’re interested in this form of golf then look out for other big tournaments such as the World Matchplay and the Walker Cup. For many, this is the most exciting format of the game and it can certainly provide us with some major drama.
In tournament golf, America’s Tiger Woods dominated the game for many years but injuries and a loss in form has seen many others take his place. Recently, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Australia’s Jason Day have all held the number one ranking and as a result, the sport is far more competitive.
At certain times, when he was at the top of his game, you could even bet without Tiger but all that has changed. Golf has never been in better shape and while the audience keeps growing, betting on golf is also at its peak and the range of markets keeps on building.