Betting on golf is often overlooked by even the most dedicated of sports gamblers. With names like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, not to mention a number of young, popular golfers, it’s surprising that the sport doesn’t receive more action.
Besides the PGA Tour, another tour exists that can help you add to your bankroll if you take the time to learn the ropes. The Korn Ferry Tour, which used to be known as the Web.com Tour, provides tremendous opportunities.
In this article, I’ll lay out 5 tips to help you make the most of this underrated betting option.
1. Learn the Golfers
This one seems pretty obvious. And to be fair, it is. With that being said people continue to bet on athletes whom they nothing about. Simply taking a flyer on a name and hoping for the best probably isn’t going to work out in the long run.
When considering the amount of research that’s required with lesser-known golfers, it should be looked at as both a challenge and a great opportunity that should be taken advantage of.
Korn Ferry Tour golfers have plenty of statistical data about past performances, but it’s also important to look at the non-quantitative analysis as well.
Because they’re all up-and-coming athletes, plenty of experts take the time to weigh in on whether or not they think a player will be successful. Everyone likes predicting the next big thing before it happens.
If you do actually put in the time and the research that is required to learn the field, you’ll likely be rewarded for your efforts.
Any time you have more information than the other people betting on the event, you’re at a serious advantage.
As with betting on any sport, being able to spot an undervalued bet when others overlook it can really boost you bankroll over time.
Because the general knowledge of Korn Ferry Golfers is so low, if you can study up, you’ll undoubtedly reap the benefits.
2. Value the Odds
In general, golf is a difficult sport to predict. All you have to do is look at the last decade or two of Masters Champions and it’s clear that picking a winner outright is nearly impossible (at least since Tiger Woods stopped his historic run of dominance).
When unpredictability is part of the game, it’s always a good idea to rely on the odds. The closer things are to a crapshoot (okay, it’s not quite that random), the more it behooves bettors to have the underdog. That way, you can stomach a few more losses in exchange for more profitable wins.
If you’re stuck between a favorite sitting around -150 and an underdog around +130, you should strongly consider taking the chance on the dog. You might not win at nearly the rate you would if you stuck with the favorites throughout, but over time the money will favor those who take a risk.
This would also fall into the “fade the public philosophy.” While it’s not perfect, the data would suggest that it’s more profitable than just blindly picking.
In my opinion, most sports bettors have a fear of putting down their money on someone who the online sportsbooks deem to be the inferior opponent. It’s the ones who can tolerate potential losses that will rise to the top in the end.
3. Shop Around
Let me start out by saying that shopping around for the best odds on the events you choose to bet on should be something you do every time. Few bettors take advantage of the option to find something better on another sportsbook.
The assumption is that the more action an event receives, the more likely it is that the odds will stay the same (or close to the same) across all betting platforms.
Because there is relatively little action placed on Korn Ferry tour events, you can find somewhat significant variance across sportsbooks.
As most bettors know, public action is what causes the lines to move around leading up to an event. A smaller volume of total bets make the data less reliable. What you see on one site might be different than what you see on another.
In addition to just the odds, different sportsbooks have entirely different offerings. If you were to bet on football for example, there’s a good chance you’d see different prop bets on different sites. Betting on golf is no different.
When considering matchup bets, there are nearly endless potential options that could be set by sportsbooks.
If you can’t find something you like on one site, browse a few others and see if you can’t stumble upon something that looks a little more favorable.
The bottom line is that it’s beneficial to look shop around when betting regardless of the sport or the type of bet. It’s even more important to do it when it’s a sport like golf, especially the Korn Ferry tour, which receives much less action than more traditional events.
4. Bet Matchups
Matchup bets are something that even the least enthusiastic golf fan can get excited about. In fact, if you bet on matchups, you can forget all about that Sunday afternoon golf nap.
The trick is that the sportsbooks decide which players are paired up together, and provides odds according to their choices.
For the most part you’ll notice that sportsbooks put relatively evenly-matched golfers in the same matchup. This would result in odds that you might see in a baseball bet.
The way the bets play out is as simple as it gets – whoever finishes better on the day (or weekend if you choose that route) takes the win.
If you want to tolerate more risk in hopes for a bigger reward, there are also group matchup bets.
Obviously, when more people have a chance at winning the odds are going to reflect that. In some groups, you might find that every golfer has plus-money, meaning if you choose correctly you’re looking at a nice payday.
If you do choose groups, make sure you’re well-informed beforehand or you risk throwing money away. Sometimes you will recognize that one golfer has a clear advantage. These should be the bets that you look for and take advantage of as they come up.
5. Find Former PGA Tour Players
Motivation is something that only the most in-tune sports bettors consider when placing a bet. When everyone is on the same playing field, it can be a little more difficult to determine who is more “desperate to win.” On the Korn Ferry Tour, which is essentially golf’s minor leagues, it’s a bit easier.
Throughout the years there have been dozens of players who have bounced back and forth between the PGA Tour and what used to be the Web.com tour.
Many of the former stars in the Web.com tour have gone on to have very successful careers in the PGA Tour.
If you’re able to recognize a few players who have spent time in the PGA Tour, you should follow them closely on the Korn Ferry tour. History has shown that these players have a tendency to perform at a higher level.
Aside from betting, it’s extremely entertaining to follow a player’s journey as they rise and fall, only to rise again and compete at golf’s highest level. Bonus points if you can make some money on their comeback along the way.
Betting on what essentially amounts to minor league sports has its own unique set of challenges. But with gambling, what qualifies as a challenge to the majority can feel like opportunity to those who choose to narrowly focus in.
Any time there is less action on a sport, the most informed bettors have a great chance to capitalize. Do your research, get to know the players, and the Korn Ferry tour just might become one of your more profitable ventures.