Majors season is upon us, starting with the ANA Inspiration this week at Mission Hills Country Club in California and then continuing a week later with the Masters, which marks the unofficial start of golf season for millions of fans.
As these majors pull closer, golf betting sites are offering a variety of interesting wagers and lines for these tournaments.
For the ANA Inspiration, most sports books that are taking action on the first of five LPGA majors on the calendar are doing so only for outright winners. Many of these houses do not post week-to-week odds of LPGA events, so they aren't following the market closely enough to post prop bets and matchups. However, the market for the week in Rancho Mirage, Calif., is an interesting one, with the likes of Lydia Ko at 20-to-1, Lexi Thompson at 26-to-1 and In Gee Chun at 50-to-1.
While most bettors aren't looking heavily at the LPGA week-to-week, with this being the second-biggest tournament on the LPGA schedule, there's reason to add a little sweat to enhance your viewing.
As for the Masters, there is already a large market to wager beyond outright winners, and more will be coming in the days ahead.
For example, one of the great props available right now is the question of there being a playoff at the Masters. The Masters has gone to a playoff a few times in the last 10 years, but it's exceedingly rare in the history of the event. That means wagering there will be a playoff and hitting it comes with a 3-to-1 payoff at the moment.
Maybe you want something a little spicier in looking at the final winning margin of the year's first men's major -- as well something more likely to happen. Predicting the winning margin of any golf tournament is difficult, but the Masters does tend to keep it close to the very end.
So, if you think the Masters will be decided by a one-shot margin, and you're right, then you'll get paid 10-to-4 on that bet.
Think it'll be a three-shot win? The books are against you on that one, giving you 9-to-2 odds on that exact difference between the winner and second place.
Once the field is set, head-to-head matchups will be set, as well lines for first-round leaders, certain players to make the cut and other exotic bets to keep the action flowing. So, instead of asking these questions of your fellow golf friends, or entering another pool that's a huge crapshoot (despite a big prize), find a sports book and put a few dollars on some of the lines that strike your fancy.