What’s Head-to-Head Betting in Golf?

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Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth celebrate a win on the 12th green during their fourball match at the Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Quail Hollow Club, Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.
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Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable May 03, 2023, 10:13 AM

Head-to-head betting in golf is a type of wager where you pick which of two golfers will perform better in a given round or tournament.

The wager is based on the golfers’ scores relative to each other, regardless of their performance relative to the rest of the field.

Head-to-head betting is similar to 3-ball betting but only has two golfers instead of three.

For example, if Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas are paired together in the first round of the PGA Championship, a head-to-head bet would be who will have a lower score in that round.

If you bet on Spieth and he shoots a 70 while Thomas shoots a 72, you would win the bet.

Head-to-head betting can be done for individual rounds or for an entire tournament. It is a popular type of golf betting because it simplifies the wagering process by only involving two golfers rather than the entire field.

What Happens If a Head-to-Head Bet Ties?

If a head-to-head bet ends in a tie, the wager is voided.

So, if Thomas and Spieth both shoot a 70, the bet is voided no matter which player was bet on.

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Ryan Hannable

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Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”

Ryan Hannable is a Content Managing Editor on the Web Content Team for BetMGM. Previously, he was a New England Patriots beat writer for WEEI in Boston. He also has published a golf book, “The Ultimate Book of Golf Trivia: 600 Questions and Answers.”