What To Know About Betting On Pro Golf In Maryland
If you’re a Maryland golf fan and like to put down a wager or two on the PGA Tour (and you probably are if you’re reading this story), then the Wells Fargo Championship in 2022 will be right up your alley.
After all, it’s going to be played right in your backyard at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, on May 5-8, 2022.
The tournament is moving from last year’s site, Quail Hollow in North Carolina, where Rory McIlroy won to claim his 19th PGA Tour title and the first in an 18-month span.
But now, back to Maryland golf fans. You’ve had the chance to watch some of the best players in the world last fall when the Tour stopped at Caves Valley Golf Club last fall for the BMW Championship, the second playoff event.
And with sports betting in Maryland a hot topic, it only makes sense to hopefully have the chance to bet on a tournament while having a front-row seat as some of the Tour’s best stars tee it up.
TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm is no stranger to the PGA Tour. The course was the site of the Quicken Loans National in 2017 and 2018 so many of you are familiar with the course and its layout.
But now, add betting into the mix, and the excitement of having the Tour back on the schedule is ramped up.
With a wide variety of sports betting apps now at their fingertips, golf fans can sit back in comfort and watch the golf shots fly…all while even making in-game wagers on golf or any other sport that is available from their preferred betting site.
Betting On Golf: A Whole Different Ballgame
If you’re new to wagering and looking to dip your toes in on the action, there are a few reminders when it comes to golf betting.
And none are more valuable than Rule No. 1: Betting on golf is tough.
There, we said it. In golf, it’s not Team ‘A’ against Team ‘B’ where there’s a 50-50 chance of winning (not counting ties in some sports). Not by a longshot. In golf it’s Player ‘A’ against 140-plus of the world’s best golfers over four days depending on the tournament and the size of the field.
A lot has to go right to pick a winner in any sport. But in golf, it’s magnified by the fact the tournament runs four days and it only takes a few things–a tee shot in the water or out of bounds, a three-putt or any other unforeseen mishap–and your wager can be derailed. It’s that simple.
Maryland No Stranger To The PGA Tour
But let’s not focus on the negative possibilities.
Let’s look at how the tournament and the PGA Tour’s top players can give bettors another gaming option, especially for golf fans.
When you’ve got players like Rickie Fowler, Abraham Ancer and, yes, Tiger Woods in the field like in 2018 you can expect to see a star-studded field. (Although it’s a good bet…but not one gamblers can make…that Woods won’t be in the field this time around as he fights to get back into playing shape after his horrific car accident the first part of 2021).
The 2022 event will be held mid-way through the wraparound season as players take aim at the FedEx Cup playoffs which will be held the final three weeks of the season.
With a plethora of events on tap each wraparound season there are a ton of factors that come into play as players decide which events to put on their schedules.
Are they playing at the top of their game? If so, most players choose to strike while the iron is hot and play as early and often as possible.
Is there a special event on the horizon players are working toward? In this case, many will say yes as the Open Championship across the pond is just two weeks after this event.
There are more questions and more answers to uncover before the odds come out the Monday before the event.
Keep Your Eyes On Hot Golfers
It sounds simple, but hot golfers coming into a tournament have to be high on bettors’ radar. This is a great place to start to narrow down your choice or choices to win.
It also helps to check back in the current tournament’s history to see which golfers are hovering around the first page of the leaderboard and could make a run in the current tournament.
And if you’re not that confident in picking a winner, most betting sites offer prop bets that let bettors pick players to finish in the top-five (or 10 or 20) as well as head-to-head matchups.
Need more options? There are usually plenty to choose from.
Let’s Not Forget About The Ladies
The LPGA Tour is also making a stop in Maryland in 2022 and this is a big one…the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship. The tournament features one of the Tour’s biggest paydays of $4.5 million and will be held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda from June 23-26, 2022.
With big money comes big names. The likes of sisters Jessica and Nelly Korda (last year’s winner), Danielle Kang, Inbee Park and a host of others will have their talent on full display.
And that’s good news for those who follow the sport and also want to make a wager or two.
The women may not get as much publicity as the men, but the golf talent is just as impressive and just as deep.
Betting Places To Keep In Mind
Make sure to keep Maryland Sharp handy as betting ramps up on a variety of apps in your state. It’s going to open a wide world of betting options to gamblers in Maryland.
And the sportsbook betting websites available–including FanDuel, BetMGM, DraftKings and a host of others–are welcoming bettors to the action.
If you’re looking to get in on the action, there’s plenty out there to go around in every sport.
And that includes the wonderful world of golf.