Where Did All Those Golf Bets Go At DraftKings Sportsbook In New Jersey?

With the British Open the final major of the PGA Tour, DraftKings NJ sports betting app provides some insight on golf betting trends for the 2019 season.

The 148th Open Championship, aka the British Open, is in the books.

New Jersey sports betting customers who took a gamble on Shane Lowry made out quite well.

DraftKings Sportsbook customers who backed the Irishman were rewarded with a nice Sunday payout. Lowry opened the tournament as an 80-1 underdog.

One unidentified DraftKings app user placed a $150 wager on Lowry. The payout? $12,150.

We are talking about a golfer who has competed in just 11 tournaments this season and missed the cut five times.

In terms of other majors, he finished 28th at the US Open and eighth at the PGA Championship.

Golf betting gets major attention

But now that all four majors on the PGA Tour are in the books, DraftKings has the opportunity to evaluate the numbers to date. The Boston-based company is not sharing specific amounts wagered on the sport.

At the same time, Johnny Avello, director of sportsbook operations for DraftKings, used the adjectives “super,” “excellent,” and “extraordinary” in reference to the handle for golf betting.

“It really exceeded expectations,” he said.

Of course in the bigger NJ online sports betting realm, golf handle does not come close to Super Bowl betting or March Madness betting.

Avello notes betting action for a major golf tournament is comparable to a full day of Major League Baseball.

Tiger Woods is the top golf betting attraction

Since there are no teams, the golf betting action is broken down by competitors. If we look at the season to date, it will not come as a surprise as to where most of the money is going: Tiger Woods.

DraftKings sports app compiled a list of the top golfers by handle for the 2019 tour season. Wagers could be made via the app or at the DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts Casino in Atlantic City. And Woods sits at the top.

The DraftKings list consists of 15 names, ranked highest to lowest in terms of handle. Specific amounts wagered on each golfer were not included in the report.

Here is the full list, which includes unique bets that have come in to date:

  1. Tiger Woods
  2. Brooks Koepka
  3. Dustin Johnson
  4. Rory McIlroy
  5. Rickie Fowler
  6. Jordan Speith
  7. Phil Mickelson
  8. Justin Rose
  9. Tommy Fleetwood
  10. Tony Finau
  11. Justin Thomas
  12. Xander Schauffele
  13. Francesco Molinari
  14. Jon Rahm
  15. Bryson Dechambeau

The handle includes The Masters, PGA Championship, US Open, and the British Open.

Seeing the Woods through the trees

Even with Sunday’s big six-stroke victory, Lowry remains a relative unknown among sports betting customers.

Tommy Fleetwood, who finished second at the British Open, is more recognizable with bettors based on having the ninth highest handle.

Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise as to which golfer tops the list. DraftKings has taken in the most action on Woods, who roared to a win at The Masters.

But since winning the first major of the season, he has missed The Open and PGA Championship cuts. At the US Open, Woods finished 21st.

After Woods won the 2019 Masters, Avello said they did not change their thinking or approach for future odds on tournaments.

“We offered higher than market odds on the Masters and continued that pattern throughout the major events scheduled.”

Brooks Koepka, who is No. 2 on the list, turned out being a great bet when he won the PGA Championship.

He has been consistent throughout the season, finishing second at The Masters and US Open and fourth this past weekend.

British Open among top wagered events at DraftKings

With The Open taking place at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland, there is a significant time difference. Tee times for Sunday’s final round started as early as 4:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

NJ bettors, however, did not seem to mind. And here’s the proof: The Open Championship produced DraftKings’ third-largest PGA event handle of the season.

Masters betting led the way followed by the US Open. The PGA Championship was No. 4.

However, several other nationally televised competitions attract business, too. Talking specifically about DraftKings, here are the others that have cracked the top 10 in terms of handle to date:

  • The Players Championship
  • Travelers Championship
  • The Memorial Tournament
  • Genesis Open
  • RBC Heritage
  • Charles Schwab Challenge

There are still several more tour stops remaining. And it’s very possible any one of them could produce significant enough betting action to crack the list.

The St. Jude Classic is taking place Thursday through Sunday. The Tour Championship is still to come next month. Woods is the defending champion in the latter event.

But with NFL training camps opening this week, football betting moves back into the spotlight (futures and Week One wagers are currently on the board at all NJ online sportsbooks).

But for those DraftKings customers needing something to fill the off-season void, golf betting was right on par.

Take A Swing At A Few Unique Golf Bets During The British Open This Week

The 148th Open Championship, aka the British Open, tees off Thursday and there are some creative ways you can bet on golf’s final major of the season in NJ.

The 148th Open Championship, aka the British Open, tees off Thursday, July 18, at the Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland. And, there are some rather interesting ways you can bet on golf’s final major of the season at the top NJ sports betting apps.

The British Open will run July 18-21.

But while all NJ sportsbooks are taking bets on who will win the title, the top five NJ online gambling sites also allow you to get a little more creative with your betting.

The Big Guns vs. the field

Having trouble picking one of the top golfers in the field? FanDuel Sportsbook has you covered allowing you to take all the Big Guns versus the field. For a price of +125 you’ll get:

  • Rory McIlroy
  • Brooks Koepka
  • Jon Rahm
  • Dustin Johnson
  • Tiger Woods
  • Justin Rose; and
  • Xander Schauffele

Or, if you like the rest of the field’s chances, you can have them all at -162.

McIlroy is the current favorite at most NJ sportsbooks. He won The Open in 2014, he’s from Northern Ireland, and at age 16, McIlroy shot a course-record 61 at Royal Portrush.

If you think he can put up a number like that again in the opening round, head to BetStars NJ. There, you can bet on McIlroy and a host of other golfers to put up a low number in Round 1 on Thursday. McIlroy is at +105 to shoot 68 or lower.

American winner or a hole-in-one?

Feeling patriotic? Head over to the PointsBet app where the odds on an American winning The Open have been boosted from -139 to +150. Not too shabby for those who want to stay loyal to the Stars and Stripes.

There hasn’t been a hole-in-one at The Open since 2016. There are four par threes at Royal Portrush. And maybe, it might not be as windy in Northern Ireland during the four days of intense play as it usually is.

So, will it happen this year?

Bet yes, there will be a hole in one at The Open at William Hill NJ at -140. Or, if you think the no-hole-in-one streak will continue, take the other side at +120.

Boosting the odds

Finally, DraftKings Sportsbook has boosted the odds on several interesting bets for this golf tournament. Take a look:

The odds on Koepka to be in the lead or tied for it after Round 1 has been boosted from +1400 to +1610. It’s not a bad bet considering Koepka has booked two wins and two runner-up finishes in the last four majors.

As always, there’s going to be a lot of Tiger Woods betting at NJ online sportsbooks. DraftKings Sportsbook is trying to attract even more action on Woods, boosting the odds on him to birdie the first hole from +400 to +460.

You can also bet on Woods to win it all at +2500 now that DraftKings Sportsbook has boosted the odds from +2000.

Of course, there are all kinds of other ways you can bet on the 2019 golf season’s final major championship.

New Jersey sports betting apps feature match-ups where you can bet on one golfer against another. Plus, a variety of props and round by round bets.

Bet the British Open, watch the odds move

As the British Open moves through the first couple of rounds, you can also expect NJ sportsbooks to adjust the odds in most markets.

That means the action should be just as exciting on the NJ sports betting sites as it is at Royal Portrush.

Keep your favorite sports betting apps handy and watch The Open’s first two rounds on the Golf Channel here in NJ, maybe at your favorite Atlantic City sportsbook. NBC takes over for the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday.