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PGA Championships See Head to Head Betting in Online Sportsbook

Sports Betting News - August 12th, 2009 - Written by Glen

BetED, one of the world's largest online sports betting sites, has added a new spin to betting on the PGA events. This time around bettors will be able to place wagers on how a golfer will compare to another. They would pit two golfers on a betting line and allow wagers to be placed solely on the performances of those two athletes. Normally a sportsbook will only allow to bet on the winner overall, but now head to head golfing is a reality.

Sports fans who follow golf follow Tiger Woods almost exclusively. Tiger has only one match up on the PGA Championship, and that is with Phil Mickelson. Woods is the favorite, and his odds are currently running at -500. This means, for those unexperienced with sports betting, that if $500 dollars is the wager, than the pay out will be $500 dollars plus $100. For every $500 dollars that is wagered, $100 dollars will be the winnings on top of the original bet.

Woods has had some peaks and troughs this year, but he is clearly expected to pull ahead in the PGA Championship. According to odds makers, Mickelson does not have a chance in a head to head competition with Woods. They have, however, matched Mickelson at even odds with Padraig Harrington. Harrington and Mickelson, in their head to head betting line, both see -115 odds. The same applies to Lee Westwood and Hunter Mahan, who are both tied at -115 as competitors.

The list continues in such a fashion, with Geoff Ogilvy and Zach Johnson each running at -115 on the odds. Ogilvy has out performed Johnson over the year, so it has come to a surprise to many golf enthusiasts that their odds are running equal. Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen, Henrik Stenson and Kenny Perry, as well as Anthony Kim and Ross Fisher have all been paired at the same -115 odds.

Stewart Cink, this years British Open Champ, is paired with Steve Stricker. While they both have the same odds, many expect Cink to out perform. This may be in part to the opinion that he is the better golfer, but many also think that the enthusiasm from winning a Major is something that instills a golfer with a level of morale that is difficult to match.

Angel Cabrerea, the current Masters champion, is to go against Villegas, and the two are both equals when it comes to the odds.  Lucas Glover and Adam Scott are thrown into the head to head mix, and the U.S. open winner, Glover, is also riding a Majors high.

Other than the Woods match up, the only pair of odds that are not running at -115 are in the head to head involving Sean O'Hair and Paul casey. O'Hair has his odds set at -130, while Casey is running at an even match.

The event, as any golf fan would know, is set to tee off on August 13th. This leaves a very small amount of time in which to get these bets in, and Bodog will be taking bets around the clock until tee time. Head to Head betting in golf is a rarity, and this is a wonderful opportunity for bettors to get into the game on an individual level.

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