There are not enough complimentary adjectives to describe Roger Federer’s career, but let’s just stick with “greatest of all time” and leave it at that for now. The 19-time Grand Slam champion returns to Melbourne Park to defend his Australian Open title, which runs from Jan. 15-28 on the hardcourt surface. The 36-year-old is the […]
Golf Betting Las Vegas
Golf’s championship season starts every spring on the pristine grounds of Augusta National in the Masters. Amateurs and professionals then battle for birdies in the three other majors — the U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship.
Jack Nicklaus holds the record for the most majors with 18. The Golden Bear has six green jackets, four U.S. Open titles, three Claret Jugs and five Wanamaker Trophies.
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When it comes to wagering on golf’s four majors, there’s much more for sports bettors to consider than just the champion.
Will Tony Finau or Adam Scott win a major this year? How many majors will Brooks Koepka or Phil Mickelson win? Which team will capture the Ryder Cup. These are just some of the bets available under Golf Futures and Golf Specials on online sites such as Bovada.
The online gaming site offers wagering on all four majors. It wasn’t that long ago that Tiger Woods was favored in just about every championship he entered, but that’s all changed today.
The lowest betting favorite in the four majors this year is the No. 1 player in the world in the Masters. Dustin Johnson is listed at +700 to capture his first green jacket. The list goes all the way up to 2,000-1 for former champions Sandy Lyle (1988) and Ian Woosnam (1991).
Johnson is also currently co-favored in the U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship along with Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
Betting on Major Golf Championships
No player has ever won the Grand Slam — Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open and British Open in one calendar year. Woods is the only golfer in history to hold all four titles at one time (the Tiger Slam in 2000-01).
The venues for golf’s four majors are distinctly different. The springtime winds that whistle through Amen Corner in Augusta are uniquely different to the winds and rain showers at the Old Course at St. Andrew’s in Scotland.
The best players in the world can expect to have every part of their game tested. Just because a pro is having success on the PGA Tour, it doesn’t mean that momentum automatically transfers to a setup for the U.S. Open or PGA Championship.
Golf’s ruling bodies makes these courses one tough test — both physically and mentally. The USGA penalizes competitors if they drive it in the rough. Miss your spot on one of Augusta National’s holes, and a big score will be in play. Knock it in a pot bunker in the Open Championship and par becomes a very difficult score.
Who has the game for these major tests? Figure that one out, and you might pick the winner of the next championship.
The Masters — “a tradition unlike any other” — is the first major of the season. It’s held every year on the first full week of April in Augusta, Ga., in the southeastern United States.
Competitors drive up Magnolia Lane to enter the breathtaking private grounds of Augusta National to play in the annual tournament that started in 1934. The field of players is smaller than those of other majors because it is an invitational event. Nicklaus has won the most Masters with six.
The next stop in major championship play is the U.S. Open, which is held in early June at a different site around the nation every year. The event, which is staged by the USGA, was established in 1895, but was not held in 1917-18 or 1942-45 because of the two world wars.
The U.S. Open is contested at a variety of courses, set up in such a way that scoring is very difficult, with a premium placed on accurate driving. Willie Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Nicklaus hold the record for the most victories in this prestigious event with four each.
Professionals and amateurs from around the world tee off in the next major in mid-July in the British Open (Open Championship). The winner of the event, which started in 1860, is declared the “champion golfer of the year” and wins the Claret Jug.
The tournament, staged by the R&A, also changes locations across the United Kingdom every year. It was not contested during the two world wars. Harry Vardon holds the record for the most Open Championship victories with six.
The PGA Championship is golf’s final major, but it will shift its starting time to May in 2019. The event is played at prominent courses around the U.S., but currently it is usually staged by one of a small group of celebrated courses, each of which has also hosted several other leading events, including the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup.
The first winner of the Wanamaker Trophy was Jim Barnes in 1916. Nicklaus has won the most PGA Championship titles with five. Woods has four.
Future Majors – Dates And Venues
|US Masters||Augusta National, Georgia||April 5-8|
|US Open||Shinnecock Hills, Long Island, New York||June 14-17|
|Open Championship||Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus, Scotland||July 19-22|
|US PGA||Bellerive CC, St Louis, Missouri||August 16-19|
|US Masters||Augusta National, Georgia||April 11-14|
|US Open||Pebble Beach, Monterey County, California||June 13-16|
|Open Championship||Royal Potrush, Antrim, Northern Ireland||July 18-21|
|US PGA||Bethpage Black, Long Island, New York||August 15-18|
|US Masters||Augusta National, Georgia||April 9-12|
|US Open||Winged Foot Golf Club, Mamaroneck, New York||June 18-21|
|Open Championship||Royal St. George’s, Sandwich, Kent, England||July 16-19|
|US PGA||TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, California||TBA|
System for working out Championship dates:
- Masters Tournament – weekend ending second Sunday in April
- US Open Championship – weekend ending on the third Sunday in June
- The Open Championship – weekend containing the third Friday in July
- PGA Championship – third or fourth weekend after the Open Championship