Golf has quickly become one of the most popular sports to bet on at online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. The PGA Tour’s early return in 2020 drove golf betting to the point where it was comparable to the lofty numbers sportsbooks normally see for the NFL. Newcomers to golf betting found themselves betting on one of the most fun, diverse and interesting betting markets in all of sports and have stuck with it.
The PGA Tour (and other tours/special events) around the world give golf fans odds to track and bet on year-round. Most PGA Tour events begin with 75 or more golfers and play out over multiple rounds. Add in all the ways you can bet on golf, from who will win outright to finishing in the Top 5, 10, or 20, to who will be the best in a group to head-to-head matchups, and the number of betting options in golf seem endless.
Check our guide below to learn how to bet on golf online in Pennsylvania plus access the latest odds on top golfers to win the next PGA Tour event direct from PA online sportsbooks.
Odds on next PGA Tour event
Want to bet on the Arnold Palmer Invitational? The Honda Classic? The Sony Open? OR do you prefer holding all your golf bets in reserve for the Majors like the Masters or PGA Championship? Whatever your preference, you can see live odds on the top players direct from PA online sportsbooks below for upcoming PGA tournaments. Click on any PGA odds to go directly to the online sportsbook, sign up for an account and start making your bets. Use the drop-down menu to see other odds boards for the tournament.
Why bet on golf?
The main appeal of golf betting over everything else you can bet on is the fact that there’s so many ways to bet on it. Golf presents one of the most fun, diverse and interesting betting markets in all of sports.
PGA events start with 75 golfers or more, and they take place over four days. With all the distinct bets available, both before and during the event, there are thousands of ways to bet. In fact, there’s so much, you can make your golf betting experience as simple or as complicated as you want. That’s why golf has become one of the fastest growing betting markets in all of sports.
What are the best bets in golf for beginners?
Futures and outrights are not just the easiest ways to bet on golf; they may be the best. All you have to do is pick a winner and place a bet at the currently posted odds.
There are no “true” favorites to win a PGA Tour event, which means there are fairly long odds on almost every golfer going into just about any tournament. Even golfers who may have just won on the tour, or those who top the world rankings, can give you +1000 odds or better.
That gives you the ability to play around in the futures and outrights markets, betting on more than one golfer to win. This limits your risk and improves your chances of winning. You just have to make sure not to bet a total amount that’s more than the lowest odds any of your bets will pay.
Placing multiple bets in the futures and outrights markets won’t guarantee you’ll make money, but it’s easy to do and it’s a basic golf betting strategy to try.
Bet on the golf majors online in PA
The PGA Tour revolves around golf’s four major championships: The Masters, PGA Championship, British Open (aka The Open Championship) and US Open, held annually, in that order, in April, May, June and July.
The majors draw a lot of attention, obviously, from the public and the media. In turn, these four events attract more betting than anything else in golf. As a result, PA retail sportsbooks go above and beyond the basics with year-round futures betting, an increased number of props and betting options, and odds boosts on specific players or props in addition to live betting markets for all four majors.
Check our odds feed above for current futures odds available for all four Majors.
- Dates: Mid-April
- Location: Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia
- Purse: $11,500,000
- Latest champ: Hideki Matsuyama became the first Asian-born golfer to win a green jacket, finishing at -10, one shot ahead of Will Zalatoris.
- Up next: The 2022 Masters is scheduled for April 7-10, 2022.
- Dates: Mid-May, 2021
- Location: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in Kiawah Island, South Carolina
- Purse: $11,000,000
- Latest champ: Rescheduled as the first major in 2020. Collin Morikawa won at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco.
- Dates: Mid-June
- Location: Torrey Pines in San Diego
- Purse: $12,500,000
- Latest champ: Bryson DeChambeau. Held at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, in 2020.
The Open Championship (British Open)
- Dates: Mid-July
- Location: Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England
- Purse: $10,750,000
- Latest champ: Shane Lowry in 2019. Canceled in 2020. Held at Royal Portrush in 2019.
Basics of golf betting
Basic golf betting involves picking winners in the futures market for upcoming tournaments and the outrights market for ongoing events. PA sportsbook apps will post moneyline odds on almost every golfer in the field in these markets.
Although the odds are subject to change based on golfer performance leading up to the event, and scoring during the event, you lock in the currently posted odds at the time you place your bet. If the golfer you bet on wins, you get paid at those odds.
You can also go a step beyond the basics bets by placing finishing position bets and each way bets, where you can bet on golfers to finish in the top three, four, five, 10 or 20. Plus, you can bet on golfers versus other golfers rather than the entire field using groups, 2/3 balls and head-to-head bets.
You can also bet on the first round leader or the nationality of the winner. The list of golf props is extensive, ranging from the number of birdies or bogies on each hole, to whether any golfer will post a bogey-free round or hit a hole in one.
Live golf betting
Live betting allows you to bet on golf in the middle of an event at odds that change with the action. That includes traditional golf wagers as well as options specific to live betting like round-by-round, hole-by-hole and even shot-by-shot betting.
Sportsbooks employ official PGA Tour data to offer up-to-the-minute odds on shots, holes and rounds. However, the golf betting odds can change in an instant, which means online sportsbooks offer the best way to get a bet down fast.
For the most part, PGA Tour events run Thursday to Sunday. Keep your PA online sportsbook app handy while you watch, and you’ll find lots of new bets to peruse.
PGA events in Pennsylvania
Unfortunately, there are no PGA Tour events scheduled to take place in Pennsylvania in 2021. However, the 2025 US Open is scheduled to return to Oakmont Country Club. Plus, the 2026 PGA Championship is scheduled for Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, just west of Philadelphia.
Several majors have been held in PA in the past, dating back to the 1907 US Open at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, St. Martin’s Course. Here are some more recent examples:
- 2016 US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Plum, outside of Pittsburgh (won by Dustin Johnson)
- 2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club, East Course, in Haverford Township, bordering Philadelphia (won by Justin Rose)
- 2007 US Open at Oakmont Country Club in Plum, outside of Pittsburg (won by Angel Cabrera)
The Pennsylvania Classic was a PGA Tour event in Pennsylvania from 2000 through 2006 at three separate golf courses.
The event took place at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli, outside Philadelphia, in 2000 and 2002. It was at Laurel Valley Golf Club in Ligonier in 2001, and last took place from 2003 to 2006 at Mystic Rock near Farmington. Here’s a list of winners:
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Betting on the LPGA
Golf betting also goes beyond the PGA Tour, extending to events on the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, as well. The LPGA Tour season runs from January through late November. Important tournaments on the LPGA schedule are as follows:
- April: ANA Inspiration (California)
- June: US Women’s Open (California)
- June: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship
- July: Evian Championship (France)
- August: AIG Women’s Open (Scotland)
Not all sportsbooks will offer markets for the LPGA but among the favorites for it is DraftKings, which does post LGPA odds for the majors at the very least.
Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Olympic golf betting
Golf betting also extends to events outside the major tours, including international competitions like the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup and Olympics.
The Ryder Cup is a match-play competition between teams from Europe and the US that takes place every two years. The host course alternates between the US and Europe. The 2020 Ryder Cup was rescheduled and will now take place Sept. 24 to 26, 2021, in Haven, Wisconsin, at the Straits course at Whistling Straits.
The Presidents Cup is a match-play competition between teams from the US and the rest of the world, not including Europe, held every two years. It is scheduled for Sept. 19 to 25, 2022, in Charlotte, North Carolina, at Quail Hollow Club.
Men’s and women’s golf are both Olympic sports. Olympic golf tournaments are scheduled to take place at Kasumigaseki Country Club, Kawagoe, Japan, from July 29 to Aug. 1, 2021 (men’s), and Aug. 4 to 7, 2021 (women’s).
How to start betting on golf online
You are just a few clicks away from getting started betting on golf online in Pennsylvania. All you need to do is sign up for an account with an online sportsbook that operates in the state, make a deposit, browse through the golf odds and click on something you want to bet on.
To get started, you can click on one of the sportsbook links on this site. That will take you to the sportsbook’s website, where you can sign up for an account directly, or download and install its app and sign up via that.
To make a deposit, you simply click on the cashier button, choose from the available deposit methods with another click, and follow the instructions. Methods include online bank transfers and payment processors like PayPal, plus credit and debit cards. You can even walk cash into an associated retail sportsbook or casino in the state.
Finally, you just browse through the golf betting markets on the app or sportsbook website until you find something you want to bet on. Clicking on it will instantly create a betting slip. Fill that out with all the pertinent details, like how much you want to bet, and click one final time to place your bet.
Sportsbook rules for golf betting
Golf has rules, and Pennsylvania sportsbooks similarly have rules for how you can bet on the sport and how they handle various situations. It’s a good idea to read them before you bet. However, you can generally expect most PA online sportsbooks to do the following:
- Keep bets live in the case of event delays or postponements, as long the event is played within a year.
- Settle bets based on official results only.
- Deem results valid after a minimum of 36 holes and a declaration from tournament organizers that the results are official.
- Count playoff holes in most betting markets.
- Consider bets on players who withdraw or are disqualified as losing bets.
- Refund bets placed on Monday or earlier if a golfer pulls out of a tournament starting on Thursday.
Top PA golfers of all time
One of the greatest golfers ever is from Pennsylvania. Arnold Palmer was born in Latrobe, in the Pittsburgh metro area, in 1929. He started playing golf professionally in 1954 and posted 95 wins over the course of his illustrious career.
That included 62 PGA Tour victories and seven majors. Palmer’s major wins came at the 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964 Masters, 1960 US Open, and the British Open in 1961 and 1962. Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award and was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame before he passed away in 2016.
Here are some other top golfers from the state:
- Jim Furyk (West Chester): 17 PGA Tour wins, including the 2003 US Open.
- Rocco Mediate (Greensburg): Six career PGA Tour wins.
- Betsy King (Reading): LPGA Hall of Famer with 34 career victories, including six majors: Dinah Shore (1987, 1990, 1997), US Women’s Open (1989, 1990) and Mazda LPGA (1992).
- Jay Sigel (Bryn Mawr): Two-time US amateur champion, British amateur champion, and three-time US mid-amateur champion. Low amateur in the 1980 and 1984 US Open, and 1980, 1981 and 1988 Masters. Turned pro at 50 and joined the Senior PGA Tour (Champions Tour).