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Date: May 22-25, 2014
Location: Harbor Shores, Benton Harbor, MI
Golf Betting Online: The veterans take to the links on Memorial Day weekend for one of the most important tournaments on the Senior PGA Tour, the Senior PGA Championship. Golf's elderly statesman will take their time up and down the fairways of the Bellerive Country Club in Town and Country, Missouri. While you may focus only on the young pups in your golf wagering online, there is plenty of action to grab in the senior tour, as the names of yesterday continue to put the ball on the green.
Roger Chapman, from England, will defend his title from last year's Senior PGA Championship, hoping to become the first Brit to ever win this event twice, a year after becoming the first English winner ever. The Senior PGA Championship is an event dominated by Americans, perhaps because of the large advantage in numbers on the senior tour. Since the tournament became a major back in 1980, only 6 foreign players have been crowned champions.
In that time, Hale Irwin has been the most dominant senior player in the field, winning four times, including a three peat from 1996-98. While only 50-year olds and older can participate, you may be surprised at the low scores these old men can post. It will be interesting to see if an American can resume the post as champion, as there has only been one instance in history of back-to-back foreign champs.
You may not be as excited about the old guys as you would be about today's superstars, but BookMaker's live lines will have all the info you need to pay homage to the history and tradition of the game with some golf wagering online on the Senior PGA Championship coming up this Memorial Day weekend.
How to bet on Senior PGA Championship
The odds of a golfer to win the Senior PGA Championship will generally look something like:
- Tiger Woods + 150
- Phil Mickelson + 250
- Steve Stricker + 300
- Jeff Overton + 700
- Ernie Els + 700
- Field + 600
These betting odds will be lower when betting on a golfer to finish in the top three, as the sportsbook must pay off three different winning bets.
A player would have to bet $10 to win $150 that Tiger Woods will win the Senior PGA Championship, while the bettor wagering on Jeff Overton stands to win $70 on their $10 wager.
Another commonly placed bet in PGA golf is head-to-head finish between two players. With this bet, a player doesn't really care what place the golfer finishes in, as long as the golfer wagered on finishes higher than the other golfer.
A head-to-head betting line for the Senior PGA Championship will look something like:
- Tiger Woods - 190 Steve Stricker + 150
In this bet, players wagering on Woods to finish higher than Stricker will be asked to risk $19 to win $10, while bettors believing that Stricker will finish higher than Woods will bet $10 to win $15.
Those familiar with sports betting will have no trouble making the transition to PGA golf wagering, while those new to the world of sports betting should be able to pick up the concepts of PGA golf betting without to much trouble.
2013 Senior PGA Championship Winner - Idoki rallies for Senior PGA Championship win
Kohki Idoki came from relative obscurity, and five shots back, to win the Senior PGA Championship by two strokes on Sunday.
Idoki, making just his second career Champions Tour start, fired a 6-under 65 at Bellerive Country Club, supplanted overnight-leader Kenny Perry, and secured his first-ever major championship victory.
The 51-year-old Japan native, who went ahead for good with a lengthy birdie putt on the 17th, ended at 11-under-par 273, two strokes clear of Perry (72) and Jay Haas (70).
"I didn't imagine I would win until the third round," Idoki said through a translator. "But I continued playing my best all week ... I can't believe that I am the champion."
Perry was seeking his third career victory and first major title on the Champions Tour. He led by three strokes for much of the final round, but stumbled to a double-bogey 5 on No. 13, which allowed Idoki to pull even, and later fell from contention with back-to-back bogeys from the 16th.
Mark O'Meara (65) jumped 11 spots into a solo fourth finish at 8-under, Kiyoshi Murota (67) took fifth at 7-under, and Jim Rutledge (64), Kirk Triplett (68), Duffy Waldorf (69), Russ Cochran (72) and Rod Spittle (71) tied for sixth at minus-6.
Perry recorded three straight rounds in the 60s to begin this tournament, the only player in the field to do so, and he carried the momentum into the final round with a trio of birdies over his first five holes.
That run gave Perry a 3-stoke lead, but the 52-year-old couldn't maintain the momentum. He tripped to a bogey on the sixth, then parred six straight holes, opening the door for the unlikely challenger.
Idoki crept into contention with four birdies during a bogey-free outward 32, then stayed within striking distance by opening his back nine with four consecutive pars.
2012 Senior PGA Championship Winner - Journeyman Chapman Surprise Winner at Senior PGA
After Roger Chapman opened a 5-stroke lead with a third-round 64 at the 2012 Senior PGA Championship, his holding on to win on Sunday probably doesn't deserve to be called a surprise.
But the idea of Chapman winning a senior major? That's surprising. Yet the journeyman Englishman did just that at Harbor Shores in Michigan.
Chapman had a long career on the European Tour, compiling more than 600 starts. It took him 472 of those starts to win for the first time, at the 2000 Brazil Rio de Janeiro 500 Years Open. He added another Euro Tour victory before leaving that tour. After a little time off, Chapman went back on tour, but as a rules official in 2007 and 2008.
As a senior golfer, Chapman had limited status on the Champions Tour in 2010 and has played on the European Seniors Tour. Entering the Senior PGA Championship, Chapman had played only one tournament in 2012, the season-opener of the Euro Seniors season two weeks ago.
2011 Senior PGA Championship Results
Tom Watson had stood over putts like this pressure-packed 3-footer at the Senior PGA Championship for most of his adult life.
Watson summoned up some of his old major magic, holing the short birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat David Eger on Sunday at Louisville, Ky.
The 61-year-old Watson, down a shot with four holes left in regulation, became the oldest player to win a major since the senior tour was created in 1980. He also became the second-oldest winner of the Senior PGA, behind only Jock Hutchison, who was 62 when he won in 1947.
Watson became the third-oldest winner of a Champions Tour event. The win came 10 years, 2 days after he won his other Senior PGA Championship.
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