An honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay. Certainly an admirable, honorable approach to clocking dollars. However, it’s not the route I prefer. My sentiment is more along the lines of money won is twice as sweet as money earned. Now I’d love to take credit for that philosophy, but The Color of Money’s Fast Eddie Felson (played brilliantly by Paul Newman) and the screenwriter who put the words in his mouth (Richard Price) beat me to it.

If you’re a golfer (and if you’re reading this, I’ll bet my prized John Daly “Let The Big Dog Eat” Speedo that you are), chances are sky high that you also subscribe to that mindset. After all, golfers will bet on anything. Longest drive, closest to the pin, duration of intercourse between two squirrels boinking in a tree above the tee box — don’t deny it, if there’s any action to be had, golfers will find it. That’s why it should come as no surprise that golf has more gambling games associated with it than poker. Crazy, right?

What’s even crazier is the wagering that’s currently available OFF the golf course. There was a time in our not-so-distant past when placing a wager (legally) required the bettor in question to go to Las Vegas or Europe, or put their faith (and potentially their ability to walk) in some backroom bookie named Big Al.

For years, Las Vegas dominated the American sports betting scene, and places like Ladbrokes in London (dating back to the late-1800s) would allow you to bet on anything you wanted — from elections, to talent and singing competitions, to any sporting event in the world. Hell, if you could come up with a scenario — so long as it was verifiable as legit and not some easy-to-rig contest — more often than not, Ladbrokes would give you odds. One of the most famous of these so-called “impossible wagers” was the bet a woman made on Elvis Presley returning to Earth on a UFO and hitting the Loch Ness Monster. Another variation of this bet had Elvis riding a comet. As you can imagine, odds for the wager were ridiculous bordering on the absurd, but that didn’t stop her from placing 100-pounds Sterling on it happening. Rest assured, if it comes to pass, she’ll be a billionaire. But for the time being, she’s got a funky slip of paper that’s suitable for wall art.

With the age of the internet, a whole new arena of “legal” betting was ushered in. I put “legal” in quotes because it’s technically illegal to engage in, although that hasn’t stopped millions of people from taking part. Not only is it almost impossible to enforce (and also regulate), but because online and casinos operate virtually, citing specific laws they violate is difficult (if not impossible) to prove.

For bettors who like to wager on golf, this has been a dream come true. Not only can you bet on your favorite player in any event, on any tour, but for the bigger events, and especially the four annual majors, you can choose from an endless number of prop bets, which makes watching those events even more exciting.

How many chip-ins will Phil Mickelson have? Over/under on Dustin Johnson driving the greens of par-4s? Will Ian Poulter have a meltdown? Will Patrick Reed cheat? How many eagles will Bryson DeChambeau make? Hole-in-ones for Tiger Woods? Will Jordan Spieth fight with his caddy? How many spectators will get hit with errant shots? With so many online casinos to choose from, and an endless array of prop bets, even the most obscure action will have odds assigned to it.

The year’s final major — The Masters — will give prospective bettors the opportunity to wager on what many believe is the greatest professional golf tournament. The following odds are current as of this writing and available for betting at virtually every major online sportsbook. 



For reference, a winning $100 bet on Bryson DeChambeau would return $900.

Bryson Dechambeau+800

Rory McIlroy+1000

Dustin Johnson+1200

Jon Rahm+1200

Justin Thomas+1400

Xander Schauffele+1600

Brooks Koepka+1800

Tiger Woods+2000

Collin Morikawa+2800

Matthew Wolff+2800

Patrick Cantlay+2800

Patrick Reed+2800

Webb Simpson+2800

Hideki Matsuyama+3300

Tommy Fleetwood+3300

Tony Finau+3300

Adam Scott+4000

Bubba Watson+4000

Jason Day+4000

Jordan Spieth+4000

Tyrrell Hatton+4000

Louis Oosthuizen+5000

Paul Casey+5000

Rickie Fowler+5000

Sergio Garcia+5000

Justin Rose+6600

Phil Mickelson+6600

Scottie Scheffler+6600

Sung-Jae Im+6600

Abraham Ancer+8000

Gary Woodland+8000

Matthew Fitzpatrick+8000

Shane Lowry+8000

Lee Westwood+10000

Matt Kuchar+10000

Bernd Wiesberger+12500

Brandt Snedeker+12500

Brendon Todd+12500

Cameron Champ+12500

Cameron Smith+12500

Danny Willett+12500

Francesco Molinari+12500

Henrik Stenson+12500

Ian Poulter+12500

Joaquin Niemann+12500

Kevin Kisner+12500

Marc Leishman+12500

Si Woo Kim+12500

Adam Hadwin+15000

Billy Horschel+15000

Byeong-Hun An+15000

Charl Schwartzel+15000

Charles Howell III+15000

Correy Conners+15000

Erik Van Rooyen+15000

Graeme McDowell+15000

Matt Wallace+15000

Rafael Cabrera Bello+15000

Chez Reavie+20000

Christiaan Bezuidenhout+20000

Kevin Na+20000

Lanto Griffin+20000

Max Homa+20000

Victor Perez+20000

Zach Johnson+20000

Dylan Frittelli+25000

J.T. Poston+25000

Jason Kokrak+25000

Jazz Janewattananond+25000

Justin Harding+25000

Lucas Glover+25000

Nick Taylor+25000

Sebastian Munoz+25000

Andrew Putnam+30000

Jimmy Walker+30000

Shugo Imahira+30000

Sung Kang+30000

Andrew Landry+40000

C T Pan+40000

Bernhard Langer+50000

Fred Couples+50000

Nate Lashley+50000

Tyler Duncan+50000

Yuxin Lin+75000

Angel Cabrera+100000

John Augenstein+100000

Mike Weir+100000

Trevor Immelman+100000

Vijay Singh+100000

Andy Ogletree+150000

Abel Gallegos+200000

James Sugrue+200000

Jose Maria Olazabal+200000

Larry Mize+200000

Lukas Michel+200000

Sandy Lyle+200000




Will Gary Player’s ceremonial tee shot hit the fairway?

YES -375
NO +275

Will Jack Nicklaus’ ceremonial tee shot hit the fairway?

YES -300
NO +240

Will the 54-hole leader go on to win?

YES -115
NO -115

Will an albatross be registered in the tournament?

YES +1000
NO -2000

Will anyone record all four rounds in the 60s?

YES +1400
NO -4000

Caddie’s cut of the winner’s purse

OVER 10 percent -115
UNDER 10 percent -115

Cut line

OVER 148.5 strokes -105
UNDER 148.5 strokes -125

First hug from winner (excluding caddie)

Wife/girlfriend +160
Child +225
Wife/girlfriend holding child +325
Parent +650
No hug +750

Will the flag stick be left in for the winner’s final putt?

YES +1000
NO -2000

Headwear worn by winner

Hat/cap -1800
Visor +1000
No headwear +3300

Highest 18-hole score

OVER 84.5 strokes +115
UNDER 84.5 strokes -145

Will there be a hole-in-one?

YES -125
NO -105


Leading score after Round 1

OVER 65.5 strokes -125
UNDER 65.5 strokes -105

Length of winner’s final shot

OVER 3.5 feet +115
UNDER 3.5 feet -145

Lowest 18-hole score

OVER 65 strokes -105
UNDER 65 strokes -125

Most strokes recorded on any hole

OVER 9 strokes -115
UNDER 9 strokes -115

Will there be a new course record (62 or lower)?

YES +1400
NO -4000

Number of players finishing under par

OVER 17.5 +105
UNDER 17.5 -135

Will there be a playoff?

YES +300
NO -400

Will there be a playoff featuring three or more players?

YES +1200
NO -3300

Will a player be disqualified?

YES +600
NO -1000

Will a player benefit from backstopping?

YES +750
NO -1500

Will A rookie win the masters?

YES +1000
NO -2000

Will There be a hole-in-one in the first round?

YES +700
NO -1250

Will a left-handed player win?

YES +1200
NO -3300

What will the winner’s score on the 72nd hole be?

Par -180
Other +150

Winning 72nd hole score

OVER 276.5 +105
UNDER 276.5 -135

Winning margin

Exactly one shot +250
Playoff needed to determine winner +300
Four shots or more +325
Exactly two shots +350
Exactly three shots +450

Will there be a wire-to-wire winner?

YES +1000
NO -2000



Lowest completed round for Tiger

OVER 68.5 strokes +100
UNDER 68.5 strokes -130

Total bogeys or worse from Tiger

OVER 11.5 holes -130
UNDER 11.5 holes +100

First Hole score in Round 1 for Tiger

Par -250
Bogey or worse +275
Birdie or better +550


Will Tiger Birdie the first hole and win the Masters?

YES +5000
NO (no odds)

Will Tiger Hit the fairway with his tee shot in Round 1?

YES -160
NO +130

What will Tiger’s Round 1 score be?

OVER 72 strokes +115
UNDER 72 strokes -135

Will Tiger be spotted kicking a golf club?

YES +2000
NO -6600


Will Tiger birdie hole No. 8 on all four days?

YES +1800
NO -5000

Will Tiger birdie the opening hole in Round 1?

YES +550
NO -900

Will Tiger go in the water on hole No. 12?

YES +220
NO -280

Will Tiger finish in the Top 10?

YES +160
NO -195

Will Tiger finish In the Top 20?

YES -120
NO -110

Will Tiger finish in the Top Five?

YES +350
NO -500

Will Tiger go bogey-free in any round?

YES +600
NO -1000

Will Tiger lead after Round 1?

YES +2200
NO -10000

Will Tiger lead after Round 3?

YES -2000
NO +6600

Will Tiger make an eagle?

YES +100
NO -130

Will Tiger make the cut?

YES -500
NO +350

Will Tiger record a wire-to-wire victory?

YES +3300
NO -100000

Will Tiger wear a pink polo shirt in Round 1?

YES +300
NO -400

Will Tiger win the Masters?

YES +1200
NO -3300

Will Tiger withdraw from the tournament?

YES +800
NO -1500


Good luck out there, Sticks and Hacks.

Adam Rocke

Adam has dived for pirate treasure in the Caribbean, hunted for poachers in Africa, played poker with cartel kingpins in Juarez, scouted for UFOs in the Sonora Desert, raced in the Baja 1000 and the original Gumball Rally, swam with great white sharks sans cage, jumped out of planes sans parachute, and taken part in Sasquatch safaris, Chupacabra expeditions and many other “crypto-quests” around the world. Or so he says.