I need to help you get ready for the rest of the golf season. We've got THREE majors left - the U.S. Open, British Open (known simply as "The Open" across the pond and among golf traditionalists) and the PGA Championship.
And there's a lot of good stuff in between.
The folks at BetOnline are committed to being on top of all of it.
And when I say "on top of it," I really mean it.
So as I'm writing I'm getting a look at Hideki Matsuyama getting himself started in Round 4 of The Masters on the biggest day of his golfing life. I've got the CBS telecast in the background, with limited commercial interruption (thank God - and Augusta National - for that).
I know that I went with Matsuyama in a "vs. the Field" prop, laying a price of -120. But that doesn't mean he gets my money all the way.
And when they've all teed it up at Augusta - or at ANY golf tournament, for that matter - that is hardly the end of the wagering.
In fact, for some, it's just beginning.
When you go into the "Live Betting" apparatus at BetOnline, you've got a world of possibilities at your fingertips. On each different hole, you can pick a winner for that particular pairing, or can wager on whether they will tie for that hole. For example, on the seventh hole, Jordan Spieth is priced at +152, with his playing partner Brian Harman at + 210.The "favorite" here is the tie, at +125 .
It goes on like that for every hole.
And there is a running odds board on who will be the overall winner of the tournament.
So as I am looking at it, I see Matsuyama at even money, with the estimable Xander Shauffele (who,like Matsyuama, shot a 68 on Saturday) at +426 and Will Zalatoris, the up-and-comer who's playing in his first Masters, at +400. The board also shows you whether the player's odds have gone up or down since the last time they posted.
The point is, you are never going to be at a loss for something to wager on during a PGA tournament.
And as we sit in front of the interface, we await what is going to happen at "Amen Corner" and in particular the 12th hole, which has buried many dreams in the past. even the best of players can have the door slammed shut in them here, if they hit the ball into Rae's Creek.
And that brings into play a BetOnline prop which pays +700 if the tournament leader hits it into the water on the 12th.
In 1959 it happened to Arnold Palmer, who had a five-shot lead on the back nine but saw it disappear after finding the water at 12. He wound up shooting a triple-bogey six, and that contributed tohim losing to Art Wall.
In 2016,Jordan Spieth led by three shots in an attempt to win The Masters for a second straight year, but after he hit two shots into the water at the 12th hole, those hopes were dashed. Danny Willett, the Englishman, came away with the green jacket.
So to quote Yogi Berra, "It ain't over till it's over." We're talking about the golf tournament, but you can also say that about wagering on golf at BetOnline, because of the Live Betting option.
And don't forget about golf futures as well - here are your early favorites for the U.S. Open, to be played June 17–20 at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego:
Dustin Johnson +900
Jon Rahm +1100
Bryson DeChambeau +1200
Justin Thomas +1200
Brooks Koepka +1400
Jordan Spieth +1600
Rory McIlroy +1600
Xander Schauffele +1600
Collin Morikawa +2000
Patrick Cantlay +2000
See you there - LIVE!