Gambling on Golf
The British Open event in golf is the UKs biggest single day event and being easy to follow and quite changeable has become quite popular with gamblers.
This marks a new trend of big golf events becoming popular with gamblers. Big names such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson also draw in gamblers who have been surprised in the past when unknown underdogs such as Angel Cabrera from Argentina have gone on to win. An outsider at 60/1 then going on to win the tournament has pricked-up many gamblers ears to the profits to be had in golf.
This now makes the 2009 US Masters extremely popular with gamblers with most online gambling sites awarding $150 for every $100 bet if Woods wins. There are also many prop bets on how many Major Tournaments he will win in 2009. For him to win four majors a $100 bet will turn into $2000. All this despite a recent knee injury and six months out of the game, however, Woods has a history of demonstrating his talents even with a broken leg at the US Open.
With all the attention on Woods it can be an easy and costly mistake to ignore the other favourites including Phil Mickelson, Padraig Harrington, Vijay Singh and Retief Goosen. Sergio Garcia will also be playing however he has had a tendency in the past to crack under the pressure from Woods.
But Rory McIlroy should not be dismissed with some sites offering odds of 33-1 for the 19 year old Irishman to win at Augusta. McIlroy has won earlier in the year at the Dubai Desert Classic, beating Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.
With all these factors taken into consideration it is not hard to see why golf, if you get it right, can be a perfect sport to bet on.