Many people that bet on golf gear up for the four golf majors. There are a lot of golf tournaments played throughout the year on the PGA Tour and even more if you start to factor in the European Tour and other events on the schedule that aren’t part of either tour but the biggest events of the golf year are the four majors of golf. For bettors, the majors present both opportunities and challenges to winning money and still enjoying the quality of the tournament.
Played between April and July the four majors bring out the top golfers in the world to compete and they are the measuring stick that people look at when deciding how good a golfer’s career was. Many times you’ll here sayings like “the best golfer to never win a major”, or “two time majors champion” etc. Having a golf major is what sets the best apart from the rest and that’s why the field for the golf majors is as strong as it is!
The one major that is played at the same course every year hosted as an invitational by Augusta National in Georgia is the first golf major of the year played on the second weekend of April. The Masters could be the most heralded of the four and the winner gets a lifetime exemption to play at the Masters and the coveted Green Jacket. The tournament is by invitation only from a list of criteria and includes a number of amateur competitors who have qualified for being the best amateurs in the world. History streams from the Masters and for many golfers having the term “Masters Champion” after their name is the epitome of success.
The Masters Betting Tips – read our full guide to betting on the Masters.
Hosted by the USGA (United States Golf Association) and possibly the hardest of the four majors to win with courses set up so that par is a good score and not an average score. Punishing dense thick rough, slick greens on a different golf course each year. Normally bettors aim for golfers with a well-rounded game that can manage whatever the course throws at them. Played in June with the final Sunday being played on Father’s Day it is the 3rd golf major of the season.
US Open Betting Tips – read our full guide to betting the US Open.
The Open Championship
The Open is hosted by the R&A and runs on a rotation of 9-10 different golf courses every year in July. It is the oldest of the four majors running since 1860 and is played in the United Kingdom (UK) predominantly in England and Scotland and on rare occasions in Ireland. Always played on a links style golf course, playing conditions are fully susceptible to weather disruptions such as rain and high winds and golfers are challenged by deep thick rough and road hole/pot hole bunkers that can swallow up a golfer. The most coveted major by European golfers to win and played on some of the oldest golf courses and admired golf courses in the world. Is occasionally referred to as the British Open by people living outside the UK.
The second golf major of the year is played in May although in the past it was the fourth golf major of the year. Played on a different course every year it is hosted by the PGA of America and is the least prominent of the 4 majors but still carries benefits for the winner of an exemption into the three other majors for 5 years as well as eligibility for the PGA Championship for life. Most importantly, the winner still gets the moniker of “Majors Winner” next to their name.