2019 PGA Tournament Bets Could Prove Record Shattering

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Don Shapiro
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A combination of Tiger Woods resurgence and big name fantasy sports companies heavy promotion of golf events will likely translate into this year's PGA Championship being among the most wagered on events in 2019.


Over the years, Golf Majors events have been deemed "important" in the world of wagering. 

"Tiger Woods victory in Sunday's Masters could push upcoming Majors closer towards a sort of mini Super Bowl status when it comes to sports wagering," suggests Payton O'Brien of Gambling911.com.

The 43-year-old Woods shot a 2-under 70 for one-stroke victory Sunday.  This was his first majors win since the 2008 U.S. Open.

For the books, his victory presented a Catch 22.

On one hand, Woods victory will result in a significant amount more wagers being placed on Majors tournaments featuring Tiger Woods.  But his victory came at a cost.  Some sportsbooks, like William Hill in Nevada, confirmed they lost millions.

Tiger Woods the Biggest Futures Loss of Any Sports in This Book's 20 Year History

FanDuel and Draftkings have heavily promoted golf contests in recent years.  With both Fantasy Sports firms entering the sports betting arena this past year, many of their Fantasy Golf customers are now being converted into sports gamblers.  Both companies advertise heavily during Masters events.

"It's a perfect storm,' O'Brien acknowledged. 

Woods opened as the 9-1 favorite to win the upcoming PGA Championship.  That's a payout of $90 for every $10 bet.

Dave Mason of BetOnline revealed Monday morning that twice as many futures bets were coming in on Woods as the next biggest bet count.

Books look to profit with upcoming tournaments including the PGA Championship with the knowledge that Woods won't win them all but the gamblers will keep backing him.

Only once has Woods won the first two majors in a season: 2002.


Odds to Win 2019 PGA Championship (Early Market)

07:00 AM69603Tiger Woods+800

69601Dustin Johnson+900

69602Justin Thomas+1200

69604Rory McIlroy+1200

69605Brooks Koepka+1400

69606Justin Rose+1800

69610Bryson DeChambeau+2000

69614Francesco Molinari+2000

69608Jason Day+2000

69609Jon Rahm+2000

69607Rickie Fowler+2000

69612Jordan Spieth+2500

69611Tommy Fleetwood+2500

69616Hideki Matsuyama+3300

69613Patrick Reed+3300

69617Tony Finau+3300

69615Xander Schauffele+3300

69624Bubba Watson+4000

69618Henrik Stenson+4000

69619Patrick Cantlay+4000

69620Phil Mickelson+4000

69635Cameron Champ+5000

69623Louis Oosthuizen+5000

69629Matt Kuchar+5000

69622Paul Casey+5000

69621Sergio Garcia+5000

69626Adam Scott+6600

69632Alexander Noren+6600

69631Brandt Snedeker+6600

69627Gary Woodland+6600

69625Marc Leishman+6600

69630Thomas Pieters+6600

69628Webb Simpson+6600

69638Branden Grace+8000

69640Ian Poulter+8000

69636Kevin Kisner+8000

69633Thorbjorn Olesen+8000

69634Tyrrell Hatton+8000

69637Zach Johnson+8000

69639Aaron Wise+10000

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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