Olympics Day 6: Betting Strategically On Men’s Olympic Golf

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The moment that golf fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. Men’s Olympic golf will begin Wednesday evening. By the end of the week, bettors will know who medaled in Olympic golf’s debut event.

Before the Olympics, two major golfers tested positive for COVID-19: John Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau. That was a major blow to Olympic golf. However, it was a boon for the other competitors. That changed the dynamics of Olympic golf in the men’s field. Here’s what bettors need to know about betting on men’s golf throughout the rest of the week.

Olympic Men’s Golf Wagers

Sportsbooks offer many types of wagers on Olympic golf. Golf is a fickle enough individual sport that there are many ways to bet on it.

The game lines look a little different than game lines on other sports. Olympic golf is an individual sport, so the tournament lines are on each individual player. Bettors have to option of choosing:

  • The outright winner
  • Players to make the top 10
  • Players to make the top 20
  • Leader at the end of round one

Those don’t look like the game lines bettors are probably used to at other sports. Bettors have to get used to golf’s game lines feeling like futures more than game lines on teams. However, sportsbooks also offer matchups, which pit two golfers against each other. That gives bettors a way to bet on winners without risking everything. These matchup bets give bettors some wiggle room.

Sportsbooks also offer golfer, tournament, and nationality props. Golfer props include bets on the winning margins of a few star players. The tournament props focus on a few stars and how they’ll perform against the rest of the field. It also has some wagers on whether one of two or three golfers wins the gold. There are also bets on whether there will be a playoff and how many golfers will be in it if there is. The nationality props are bets on which nationality will win the gold.

Finally, sportsbooks offer futures on who will win the whole tournament. They’re hard to call correctly, but the rewards for doing so are huge. Bettors will have to decide which bets to place based on their golf knowledge and their comfort level with risk.

Best Olympic Golf Men’s Picks

There are a few standout picks for each type of wager. For nationality props, the United States is a safe bet. That just comes down to hard numbers. Three of FanDuel’s top six Olympic men’s golf futures are Americans. That makes Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele, and Justin Thomas good tournament picks.

However, golf isn’t all about the Americans. There are several non-American golfers who are at the top of their game. Viktor Hovland from Norway is one of the golfers with the best shot at the gold. He’s risen from the amateur to professional level at blistering speed. It wouldn’t be a complete surprise to see him win it all at the Olympics. Rory McIlroy is another golfer to watch carefully. Despite his volatile performances, his talent is undisputed. Finally, Hideki Matsuyama is the reigning Masters champion. If anyone can win the gold, he certainly can.

Ongoing Golf Promotions

There are a few promotions at different sportsbooks that bettors should know about. DraftKings is offering an opt-in bonus that boost’s bettors’ odds. If bettors opt in, they’ll get an odds boost of +225 on any American to win the gold in Olympics golf. FanDuel offers new users an Olympics deposit bonus. If bettors bet $10 on the Olympics, they’ll get $100 in site credits. If they bet $20, they’ll get $200 in site credits. PointsBet is also offering a list of Olympics boosts that bettors can choose from.

Wherever bettors choose to wager, they should keep an eye out for promotions that increase winnings. Leveraging promotions can make bettors’ money go further, which makes a big difference over the course of a few hundred dollars.

Summary Of Olympics Golf Betting

The men’s Olympic golf is being held before the women’s Olympic golf tournament. It begins tonight and runs through the rest of the week. There’s a lot riding on this golf tournament. Golf has only been in the Olympics since 2016, so it hasn’t been an Olympic staple for decades. Now’s the time for golfers to make an impression at the Olympic games.

There are many types of wagers for bettors to choose from. There are also many promotions that bettors can use to leverage their wagers. But bettors will have to take a careful look at the men’s field to choose which golfers are worth betting on. It’s a challenge, and golf leaves plenty of room for an upset. However, the rewards for choosing correctly at the sportsbooks can be immense. If bettors want a wild betting ride, men’s golf this week and women’s golf next week are worth diving into.

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Christopher Gerlacher

Christopher Gerlacher is a senior author and contributor for Gaming Today. He's a devout Broncos fan, for better or for worse, living in the foothills of Arvada, Colorado.

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