Golf schedule and upcoming tournaments

How does the golf schedule work?

The schedule for golf is unlike any other in professional sports. While similarly to other sports popular in Canada there is a regular season and playoffs, the strategies behind betting on them are far different.

Keeping up to date with the schedule, player trends, and tournament winners is necessary when wagering on the PGA TOUR, as is understanding the playoff system involved.

The FedExCup season for 2022-23 has 47 scheduled tournaments, featuring 44 season events including the four majors (the Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, and British Open).

The season also has three FedExCup playoff tournaments, culminating with the crowning of the FedExCup champion at the TOUR Championship in August 2023.

In order to truly understand where and what to wager when betting on golf, you first need to understand the sport’s schedule. Let’s break down what this all means.

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Golf majors schedule

There are four major events or tournaments that occur throughout a PGA TOUR season. For 2023, they are scheduled as follows:

  • The Masters: April 6 to 9, 2023 (Augusta National, Georgia, US)

  • PGA Championship: May 18 to 21, 2023 (Oak Hill Country Club, New York, US)

  • U.S. Open: June 15 to 18, 2023 (Los Angeles Country Club, California, US)

  • British Open: July 20 to 23, 2023 (Royal Liverpool, Hoylake, England)

The Masters is the most popular of the four to wager on, as the iconic green jacket awarded to the winner is renowned throughout the sporting world. It brings millions of bettors to wager on several different types of market throughout the tournament. This, along with the three other majors, drive the most traffic from a golf betting standpoint.

The lines for each major are also open months in advance, so if you find value in a specific golfer, it’s best to pounce on their odds as soon as possible.

The FedExCup (PGA TOUR)

Established in 2007, the FedExCup is the championship trophy for the PGA TOUR. It is a season-long points competition that offers $75 million in bonus money and culminates with the playoffs in August.

There are 47 regular season events in the FedExCup to bet on throughout the year, with tournaments starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday (with a cut line on Friday during this). Notable regular season tournaments outside of the majors include the Cadence Bank Houston Open, The RSM Classic, and the Hero World Challenge.

As a result, golfers require a combination of consistent performances throughout the season as well as the ability to handle the pressure of the FedExCup Playoffs to have a chance of winning it. Players are rewarded points throughout the regular season for their performance in each tournament, with only the top 125 in the standings qualifying for the playoffs.

FedExCup Playoffs

At the conclusion of the regular season, the top 125 players in the FedExCup standings qualify for the first playoff event – the FedEx St. Jude Championship. This is the first of three playoff events, from which the top 70 qualify for the BMW Championship the following week, and then the top 30 from that move on to the Tour Championship in Atlanta to crown the champion.

The Tour Championship is unlike any tournament on the PGA TOUR. Instead of starting at even par, players are given “starting strokes” based on their place in the standings. Therefore, the golfer in first is given a 10-under handicap, the golfer in second given an eight-under handicap, and so on. There is a prize pool of $75 million for this event, with a massive $18 million going to the winner.

In 2022, Rory McIlroy won the FedExCup playoffs, completing an epic six-shot comeback to edge out Scottie Scheffler and Sungjae Im at the TOUR Championship to become the first player to win three FedExCups.

Bettors can wager on who they think will win each tournament, as well as who will ultimately be the FedExCup champion. You can find out more about the golf futures and odds available.

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