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Betting odds on golf’s 2023 major tournaments are already available, and we’re looking at some live longshots to back in the new year.

With the PGA Tour off this week, we’re going to take a minute to dive into a bet we usually never talk about: futures. It’s easy to look at the big guns like Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, and a host of others who always seem to be in the picture when the majors come up.

But who might be way under the radar for the four majors as we get ready to kick off the 2022-2023 Tour season with the Fortinet Championship Sept. 15-18?

We’re glad you asked.

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The Masters (DraftKings Odds)

(April 6-9, 2023)

While McIlroy, Rahm and Scottie Scheffler are the favorites at +1100 (yes, we know McIlroy still needs a win here to complete the grand slam), we said we’re going to look for longshot winning possibilities.

Here we go.

Young gun Cameron Young is on the verge of winning his first major tournament. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Last year’s winner, Scheffler, made the Masters his fourth win of the year and in just a six-week span. We’re going to try to hit that same form next year, looking at Cameron Young at +4000.

Now, with as well as he finished up the 2021-2022 season there’s a chance he may have a victory–or two–in hand like Scheffler when he heads to Augusta. After all, he had five runnerup finishes last season and was not on many bettors’ radar.

As well as he’s playing now, +4000 is a solid number, and it’s only going to go down if he keeps playing well and especially if he wins. Get him while the number is good.

Young, 25, declined the chance to move to LIV at the time of this writing and seems laser-focused to make his mark on the PGA Tour.

A win at Augusta National and slipping on a green jacket would certainly validate his choice to stay.

Others to consider:

Sungjae Im at +5000. Sure he’s won on the PGA Tour but a major has eluded him for now. He was T-8 in the Masters last year, and T-2 in 2020 so he handled the course and the pressure well.

He finished last season on a high note (T-2 at the Tour Championship) so he feels just fine in the spotlight.

Corey Conners at +5000. He’s still searching for that first PGA Tour win, which means he also hasn’t won a major.

It’s not for lack of trying at Augusta. He’s been in the top-10 in the last three Masters including T-6 last year. Might this be the breakout the Canadian golfer needs? We feel he could be a Scheffler repeat and once he wins he stays hot and wins a couple of times.

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PGA Championship (BetMGM Odds)

(May 18-21, 2023)

No surprise at the top with McIlroy (+1000) along with Rahm and Scheffler (+1200) leading the way.

Last year, Justin Thomas beat Will Zalatoris in a playoff denying Zalatoris his first win, which would have come in a major.

Zalatoris has since gotten into the winner’s circle. But what really stood out for us was the T-13 finish by Max Homa. At +5000 to win in 2023, we like his odds and love the way he finished the last season.

He’s got four PGA Tour victories and posted two of those last year. Homa also finished T-5 at the Tour Championship, so he’s got to be starting the season with a ton of confidence.

He also had a T-13 at the 2018 tournament with two missed cuts in between. We’ll see if his hot 2022 season carries over.

Others to consider:

Young at +4000. You may see his name and good odds in each major. He’s got that much potential. He was T-3 last year and one shot out of the playoff.

Justin Rose at +6600. At these odds, we can’t pass him up. He’s got 10 PGA Tour wins including one major, the 2013 U.S. Open. He’s been T-13 or better in the last three PGA Championships including T-13 last year.

As always, shop around the sports betting industry for the best odds on your plays.

The U.S. Open (BetMGM Odds)

(June 15-18, 2023)

Matthew Fitzpatrick has one PGA Tour win and, surprise, it came at last year’s U.S. Open. Another player gets his first win at a major.

Can it happen again? We’re betting on it.

But it’s not going to be easy as this is the toughest one around to win simply because of the USGA’s course setups. They don’t make it easy, and players don’t win here by accident.

McIlroy is the favorite this year at +950 so the sportsbooks are, again, backing past performances. We, on the other hand, are looking for that next diamond in the rough.

With that being said we like Adam Hadwin at +15000. Yes, you read that correctly…+15000.

Sure he’s not coming off a great year with just five top-10 finishes in 20 made cuts. But one of those top-10s was a T-7 at last year’s U.S. Open. He also led after the first round so he got a little taste of early pressure.

Can he win? He’s going to be in the field so he has a chance. Will he win? Well, that’s another story. But at +15000, bettors will have a ticket that will pay out nicely.

Others to consider:

Keegan Bradley at +10000. Tied with Hadwin last year in one of his best finishes. He plays tough layouts well.

Hideki Matsuyama at +3300. Not the longest of longshots, but still solid money for a guy with one major on his resume: The Masters.

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Open Championship (FanDuel Odds)

(July 20-23, 2023)

It was a battle of the Cams in 2022 with Smith beating Young by a stroke. But what stands out for us is the play of Viktor Hovland. At +2800, we aren’t getting real longshot odds, but he is not in the top-10 betting choices, so technically we are calling him a longish shot.

Hovland was T-12 two years ago and T-4 last year. One thing: The T-4 included a final round 74 which dropped him out of a share of the lead.

We’re banking on him putting that bit of knowledge into the back of his mind and finishing strong this time.

Others to consider:

Tommy Fleetwood at +3300. A little bit better money in the odds department, and this is a guy who just loves this tournament. T-4 last year. Enough said.

Tyrrell Hatton at +3300. Finished T-11 last year with a third-round 73 hanging over his head. Four solid rounds might just get him a second PGA Tour win and his first major.

About the Author
Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman

Bill Bowman is a Las Vegas-based writer who has more than 40 years in the sports-writing business. He's spent the past 18-plus years covering the golf scene in Vegas including 10 years as a writer/editor with VegasGolfer Magazine. He also contributes to the GolfNow Network of websites and Las Vegas Golf Insider.

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