The 2019 PGA Tour continues this week as the season’s second major tournament begins on Thursday.
The world’s best golfers will be teeing off at the PGA Championship in Farmingdale, New York, at the Bethpage Black Course.
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— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 16, 2019
With this being one of the biggest tournaments every year, PA sportsbooks should be littered with bettors putting down some money on their favorite players.
Although the golf season is a long one, the average fans typically love paying close attention to the four major tournaments each year. This PGA Championship should be no different especially with Tiger Woods coming off his latest major victory at the Masters.
Even though this isn’t exactly a local event for PA residents, the PA sports betting market is likely in store for a very busy week with the tournament in nearby NY.
Some reports out of Las Vegas are showing the same. A bettor has already placed a six-figure wager on Woods to take down the PGA Championship as well as the remaining majors on the schedule.
When Woods is playing at the top of his game, the interest in the sport of golf reaches new heights. Woods may be the most popular choice at sportsbooks across the US, but there are a few other favorites to keep an eye on as well.
Let’s take a deeper look into this year’s PGA Championship and provide some gambling basics for those looking to bet the big event.
2019 PGA Championship
- Date: May 16 – 19
- Location: Bethpage Black Course, Farmingdale, NY
- Opening Tee Time: 6:45 a.m. Thursday
- TV Networks: TNT and CBS
Where to watch the PGA Championship
- Thursday: TNT – 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Friday: TNT – 1 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
- Saturday: TNT – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., CBS – 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
- Sunday: TNT – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., CBS – 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Besides the TV schedule listed, you’re able to stream the PGA Championship live from its website. Here, you’ll be able to see all of the action even before it goes live on TNT.
Additional coverage can be found on the Golf Channel, before, during, and after each round.
The PGA Championship at PA sportsbooks
PA bettors have plenty of options to choose from when looking to get a bet down on the 2019 PGA Championship. Here is a list of the active retail sportsbooks in the Keystone State:
- Hollywood Sportsbook
- Harrah’s Philadelphia Sportsbook
- SugarHouse Sportsbook
- Rivers Sportsbook
- Parx Sportsbook
- FanDuel Sportsbook at Valley Forge Casino
- South Philadelphia Turf Club
- Valley Forge Turf Club
It appears that mobile betting apps will likely be around for next month’s US Open at Pebble Beach, so this is might be the last major tournament PA bettors will need land-based sportsbooks.
How to bet on the 2019 PGA Championship
If you’ve never placed a wager on a golf tournament before, it can be a little tricky. Since you’re typically only betting on individuals, golf betting is slightly different than gambling on team sports.
Let’s take a look at all of the different options the majority of PA sportsbooks will be offering.
The most common way to bet on golf is by placing futures wagers. A futures bet is one you usually make before the tournament starts, although most sportsbooks will have updated futures available after play begins.
With a futures bet, gamblers are putting their money on a specific golfer to perform well throughout the entire tournament. Most people bet on golfers to win the tournament outright. However, it’s quite common to take a top-5 or top-10 future.
This means that if your golfer wins the PGA Championship or places where you predicted, you win your bet, too. Often, futures bets are the most enjoyable because the odds of each player are usually fairly long.
Even the best players in the world and the favorites for the tournament will have odds around +1000. The payouts for the top tier golfers are this high because it’s generally challenging to pick a winner from such a large field of players.
This year’s PGA Championship consists of 156 entrants. If you’re able to pick one winner from a pool that vast, you deserve a nice payday.
The other most popular way to wager on golf is through head-to-head betting. In this form of golf bet, gamblers place action on a specific golfer to win a designated matchup listed on your sportsbook.
These matchups are often generated from the groups in which the golfers are playing, although it does vary. Books will sometimes have matchups of players of the same caliber or with similar futures odds at the start of the event.
Head-to-head betting has different variations, as well. Sportsbooks will have daily matchups that conclude after 18 holes, but there are usually other options, like for the duration of the tournament.
The number of players involved in the matchup is another factor that can change. Obviously, a two-person matchup is very common, but a lot of sportsbooks will have listings with three or four golfers.
Another fun way to gamble on golf is through prop bets. Sportsbooks may not have a lot of these for regular events. However, they should apply for the majors such as the PGA Championship.
One of the most usual prop offerings is which golfer will be leading after each round. Sportsbooks often have odds for who the leader is after 18, 36, and 54 holes.
Determining the winning margin of the championship is an additional prop available at many sportsbooks. Bettors can choose exactly how many strokes the winner will take the major by. You’re even able to say whether there will be a playoff or not.
Depending on where you place your bets, there can be some exciting other options. For instance, the DraftKings Sportsbook in the NJ sports betting market has props available that allow you to bet on which golfer from each nationality will beat his fellow countrymen.
You’re able to wager on who will be the best American, South African, European, Swedish, Irish, Scandinavian, Korean, Australian, Spanish, Canadian, English, South American or Thai player for the week. Dustin Johnson is the favorite for the Americans with odds of +650.
Other props can include if you think there is going to be a hole in one during any of the rounds. There are also player-specific special props.
DraftKings NJ has a bunch of different selections for Tiger Woods, including how many Fairways and Greens In Regulation he will have.
Like many other sports, there are live in-play betting options for golf. As mentioned, after every round, you should be able to wager on updated futures odds based on the play that day.
Some bettors use this to their advantage to bet on other contenders while hedging their original futures wager.
An additional form of in-play betting is with matchups. Sportsbooks will update the odds of head-to-head matchups similar to how it would with futures.
This is very useful for two reasons.
Bettors can still place a wager on their favorite golfer even if they miss placing it before the start of the round. They can also choose to wait for the round to begin to see how a golfer is performing before committing any money.
2019 PGA Championship odds
DraftKings NJ has the following odds to win the PGA Championship:
- Dustin Johnson +1000
- Brooks Koepka +1000
- Rory McIlroy +1000
- Tiger Woods +1100
- Jon Rahm +1600
- Jason Day +1800
- Rickie Fowler +1800
- Justin Rose +1800
- Francesco Molinari +2500
- Xander Schauffele +2500
- Tommy Fleetwood +2800
- Tony Finau +3500
- Hideki Matsuyama +3500
- Paul Casey +4000
- Bryson Dechambeau +4000
- Sergio Garcia +4000
- Matt Kuchar +4000
- Webb Simpson +4000
- Jordan Spieth +4000
- Patrick Cantlay +4500
- Adam Scott +5000
- Bubba Watson +5000
- Gary Woodland +5000
- Phil Mickelson +6600