The final event of the 2016 PGA Tour FedExCup Playoff takes place at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta starting on Thursday, Sept. 22 giving sports bettors’ one last chance to try and cash in on golf in the season-ending championship. The field is made up of the top 30 money leaders on the 2016 PGA Tour so it will be a competition among the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to all the golfers playing on this tour.
Betting on an event such as this can be a great way to pad your overall betting bankroll, but you still need a solid strategy when it comes time to actually place your wagers with your favorite online sportsbook. Both current form and past results in this final event can factor into the outcome and with just 30 players in the field, your chances to pick the straight-up winner at some very favorable betting odds is greater than usual when it comes to a typical PGA Tour event.
The top names in the game today are sure to be at the top of any futures odds list such as Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and last year’s champion Jordan Spieth. The trick is to find the golfer who can put together the best four rounds over the four-day event. Johnson comes as the early favorite given everything he has accomplished this season and with a recent win in the BMW Championship he definitely has the top form in the field to win this event as well.
With such a strong contender in the field, you may want to go with a small wager on his odds to win outright, while looking for some favorable betting matchups for a few head-to-head props. This is one of the best ways to win money betting on any golf tournament since all the player that you bet on has to do is finish higher than the other player he is pitted against. Head-to-head bets in a big tournament such as this can definitely be a viable betting strategy when you take into consideration the overall depth of talent in the field.
Another betting strategy for golf tournaments is to look for prop bet odds on a Top 5 finish. They may be hard to find for an event such as the FedExCup Championship given the small size of this field, but it is far easier to cash in on a bet for a top golfer to finish somewhere in the first five places as opposed to being at the very top of the list.
Looking a bit deeper on the futures list to win this event outright is another good way to try and squeeze some extra value out of the betting odds. Patrick Reed is ranked second on the list in FedExCup points (2,250) heading into the championship, but he is farther down the list in his actual betting odds to win. You know that current form is strong to earn such a lofty ranking, so you need to decide if he has enough game right now to best the bigger names in the field. He could also be a great candidate for a Top 5 finish, if you can find some betting odds for that.
One of the final things you should do for any golf tournament is to shop the betting odds among your favorite online sportsbooks. While you might get a betting money line of +400 for your top choice to win at one book, he might be listed at +450 or even higher at another betting outlet.