With online sportsbook apps on the way to the province of Ontario and more provinces soon thereafter, you can now bet on the PGA Tour, European Tour, and LPGA events in Canada in several new ways via online sportsbooks and sportsbook apps.
No matter which pro golf tour you bet on, you can bet there will be plenty of varied betting opportunities. Tournaments tee off with up to 75 golfers every week, which gives golf bettors in Canada thousands of different betting combinations.
You can bet on everything from who will win the tournament to who will shoot the lowest number in a group, through the entire tournament, or just a single round. Bet on head-to-head golfer match-ups and even shot-by-shot in live golf betting markets.
Before you bet, check our guide to golf betting in Canada below with everything you need to know from how to download and register an account with a new sportsbook app to all the different ways you can bet on your favourite golfer.
Bet on golf Majors (and every PGA tour stop)
There are 50 different events (give or take) on the PGA Tour calendar every year including four majors. You’re free to bet on all your favourite golfers in each weekly PGA Tour stop all season long. Plus, with the LPGA, European Tour, and charity events like The Match going off too, the golf world provides you even more unique betting opportunities all the time.
You can always bet on your favourites to win an upcoming major in golf futures markets, or any upcoming tour event in the outrights. However, there are plenty of other ways to bet on golf besides just picking winners. Those include:
- First Round clubhouse lead
- Finish in the Top 5/10/20in any event
- Each-Way Betting where you can get a bet down on your favourite golfers to finish in the top three, four, or five.
- Against The Field
- Group Betting
- 2/3 Balls
- Head-To-Head Betting where you can bet on one golfer against another or a group.
Bet on Brooke Henderson (and more Canadian stars) online
Canadian golf fans will particularly enjoy betting on rising home-grown golf stars including:
- Nine-time LPGA winner Brooke Henderson
- 2016 RSM Classic winner Mackenzie Hughes
- 2019 Valero Texas Open winner Corey Connors
- 2017 Valspar Championship Adam Hadwin.
Even 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir is still around. With nine PGA Tour wins, including the 2003 Masters, Weir is probably the greatest Canadian golfer ever. He is the only Canadian man to have won a major. He still plays on the PGA Tour, but Weir hasn’t won since 2007 and struggles to keep up with the driving power and accuracy of today’s top pros.
Stephen Ames won four PGA titles in his career, including the 2006 Players Championship, but he’s moved on to the PGA Tour Champions senior tour now.
In recent years, Mackenzie Hughes, Corey Connors, and Adam Hadwin have all booked PGA Tour wins and shown great potential. That said, it’s difficult to call any Canadian a good bet to win a PGA event right now, let alone join Weir as the second Canadian man to win a major.
Of course, the LPGA is a different story. Brooke Henderson is in the midst of what is shaping up to be a Hall of Fame-type career. She won her first major at the 2016 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at age 18 and has booked nine LPGA wins already, the most wins ever for any Canadian golfer on any major tour.
So far she’s been named Canadian Press female athlete of the year three times and she’s only 23. Henderson is currently ranked sixth in the world and she’s a good bet in majors and just about any LPGA event on Candian sportsbook apps.
Basics of golf betting
Here’s a look at the basic golf bets you can place via online sportsbooks in Canada:
- Futures: Betting on any golfer to win an event. Odds available year-round for most majors and adjusted based on performance leading up to and throughout events. You lock in the currently posted odds at the time you place a bet.
- Outrights: Betting on any golfer to win an upcoming or ongoing event. Odds are adjusted based on recent performance and the current leaderboard throughout events. You lock in the currently posted odds at the time you place a bet.
- First round leader: Betting on any golfer to grab the lead after the first round of an event. Golf betting odds are adjusted based on recent performance. You lock in the currently posted odds at the time you place a bet.
- Finishing position/ Each way: Betting on any golfer to finish in the top five, ten, or 20. Or, finish in the top three, four, or five.
- Against the field/ Groups/ 2/3 Balls/ Head-to-heads: Betting on any golfer versus the field, a group, or another single golfer.
What are the best bets in golf?
Futures and outrights are the easiest way to bet on golf. You can just pick a winner and place your bet at the currently posted odds. You can bet Futures ahead of an event and outrights right before the event starts, or throughout.
The great thing about both these golf betting markets ahead of an event or early on is that there are so many golfers involved the odds are usually big for every single one. Even the hottest golfers on tour and the top-ranked golfers in the world.
That means you can limit your risk and give yourself a better chance to win by betting on more than one. Picking multiple possible winners of any event is easy to do, will still pay great, and is a part of what makes futures and outrights the best bets in golf.
Why bet golf over anything else
The average major golf tour event starts with around 75 golfers and plays through four rounds. Multiply the pre-tournament, pre-round, and live betting markets by all the unique bet types and there are thousands of ways to bet on golf.
There’s so much going on that golf betting can be as simple or as complicated as you like. That makes it perfect for beginning bettors and experienced handicappers alike.
Ultimately, that’s why golf is fast becoming one of Canada’s favourite sports and most popular sports to bet on at mobile sports betting apps across the country.
Live golf betting
Live betting has revolutionized golf. Live betting allows you to place bets on golf tournaments in the middle of a round at odds that change in real-time based on the action on the course.
It’s mostly the same markets you can bet on ahead of the event or each round with golf odds that are constantly adjusted. However, hole-by-hole and even shot-by-shot betting are also available live.
Of course, the odds change as fast as the action does on the course, so live betting can only be done via mobile sports betting apps that allow you to get bets down fast enough.
Golf tournaments typically run Thursday through Sunday, and as you can imagine, keeping a phone with a sports betting app installed handy as you watch the action unfold means thousands more opportunities to bet on your favourite golfers throughout.
Bet on the Canadian Open
Sports betting apps in Canada also allow you to bet on the PGA Tour on Canadian soil. The Canadian Open is Canada’s PGA Tour event and it’s the third oldest continuously running event on tour, after majors including The Open Championship and US Open.
RBC Canadian Open
- Established: 1904
- 2021 Course: St. George’s Golf and Country Club (Toronto)
- 2021 Dates: June 7-13, 2021
- Prize Money: US$7.8 million
- 2020 Results: Canceled due to global COVID-19 pandemic
- 2019 Results: Rory McIlroy 7-stroke win at Hamilton Golf and Country Club
Bet on golf Majors in Canada
Here’s a look at the four majors typically played in a standard PGA season:
- Dates: Mid-April
- Location: Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, GA
- Purse: $11,500,000
- 2021 Results: Hideki Matsuyama won his first green jacket.
- Dates: Mid-May
- Next Location: The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina
- Purse: TBD
- 2020 Results: Collin Morikawa won at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California.
- Dates: Mid-June
- Next Location: Torrey Pines, South Course, San Diego, CA
- Purse: $12,500,000
- 2020 Results: Bryson Dechambeau won at Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York.
The Open Championship
- Dates: Mid-July
- Next Location: Royal St. George’s Golf Club in Sandwich, Kent, England
- Purse: $10,750,000
- 2020 Results: The Open Championship was cancelled in 2020. Shane Lowry won in 2019 at Royal Portrush.
How to get started betting on golf online in Canada
You can get started golf betting online in Canada by doing two simple things: Signing up for an account with an online sportsbook and making a deposit into that account.
Then, it’s just a matter of browsing through the available golf betting markets, clicking on anything you want to bet on, and completing a bet slip to place your bets.
Signing up for an account starts with clicking on our exclusive link to the sports betting app of your choice. That’ll take you to a website where you can sign up for an account or download and install the app. You can also sign up via the app.
Either way, you may be prompted to enter a promo code or bonus code. These are also listed here on PlayCanada and entering the right promo code or bonus code when signing up will ensure you get the best bonus available.
Depositing so you have money in your account to bet with is even easier. You simply choose from the variety of available deposit methods and follow the prompts. Available deposit methods will include everything from Interac and online bank transfers to payment processors and credit and debit cards from approving issuing banks.
Sportsbook rules for betting golf
Online sportsbooks will publish specific rules for how they handle various situations that may come up in golf betting. You should read and understand all these terms and conditions before you bet on golf. Most should be similar to the following list of basic golf betting rules.
- Bets are valid despite delays or postponements, as long as the event or round is played within the same year.
- Bets are settled based on official results and deemed valid after at least 36 holes and the declaration of a result as official by tournament organizers.
- Playoffs count.
- Bets on players who start, but withdraw voluntarily or are disqualified are losers.
- Bets placed on the Monday of the week of a tournament or earlier are refunded if the golfer does not compete.
Bet on the Canadian tour
PGA Tour Canada, otherwise known as the Canadian Tour, or the Mackenzie Tour – PGA Tour Canada, is top-tier pro golf in Canada. It’s one of three international PGA Tour-sanctioned tours allowing golfers to play their way into the Korn Ferry Tour and ultimately the PGA Tour. You may be able to bet on these events through sportsbook apps in Canada.
Bet on the LPGA and European tour
You can also bet on LPGA and European Tour golf via Canadian sportsbook apps.
The LPGA Tour season tees off in late January and runs through late November with the CME Group Tour Championships. Major Championships on the schedule each year include:
- April: ANA Inspiration (California)
- June: US Women’s Open (California)
- June: KPMG Women’s PGA Championship (Georgia)
- July: Evian Championship (France)
- August: AIG Women’s Open (Scotland)
The European Tour season runs from late January through Nov. with the final day of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
Some of the biggest European Tour events include:
- May: Betfred British Masters (England)
- July: Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (Republic of Ireland)
- July: Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (Scotland)
- August: Omega European Masters (Switzerland)
- September: BMW PGA Championship (England)
- October: Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Scotland)
Bet on Ryder Cup/President’s Cup
You can also bet on popular International match-play golf competitions like The Ryder Cup and The Presidents Cup at Canadian mobile sports betting apps.
The Ryder Cup is a battle between teams from Europe and the US. It’s held every two years, alternating venues between courses in the US and Europe. The 2020 Ryder Cup was rescheduled for Sept. 24-26, 2021 at the Straits course at Whistling Straits in Haven, Wisconsin.
The Presidents Cup is a battle between teams from the US and the rest of the world outside of Europe. It’s also held every two years and is scheduled for Sept. 19-25, 2022 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Bet on Olympic golf
There will be both men’s and women’s golf events at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, and you should be able to bet on these events at online sportsbooks in Canada.
Qualification is based on the Official World Golf Rankings and Women’s World Golf Rankings. The top 15 players in each automatically qualify, with a limit of four per country. The next highest-ranked players from countries that have not yet qualified two players then qualify.
Olympic golf events will be held at Kasumigaseki Country Club, Kawagoe, from July 29 through Aug. 1, 2021 (men) and Aug. 4-7, 2021 (women).
Greatest Canadian golf wins ever
Here’s a look at the three biggest wins in Canadian golf history:
3. Stephen Ames wins the 2006 Players Championship
Before (Spoiler Alert) Mike Weir’s 2003 Masters win, Canadians didn’t win majors or rich and prestigious events like The Players Championship. Then suddenly, in 2006, just three years later, a Canadian did win The Players Championship, which is now the richest tournament on the PGA Tour.
The 2006 Players Championship was held March 23–26 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, near Jacksonville. Canadian Stephen Ames was the third-round leader by a stroke over legends Sergio García and Vijay Singh. Then, he shot a final-round 67 to post the biggest win of his career by six strokes over runner-up Retief Goosen.
Ames got $1.44 million of the $8 million in the prize pool, which is quite a bit more than the $1.08 million Weir got for his Master win, but just a little more than half of the $2.7 million a TPC winner gets now. Regardless, it was one of the biggest wins in Canadian golf history.
2. Brooke Henderson Wins Women’s PGA Championship at 18
Brooke Henderson won her first major at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club near Seattle, Washington in June 2016. She tied up top-ranked Lydia Ko with a final round 65 and beat her with a birdie on the first playoff hole.
The fact she was just 18 at the time made her the event’s youngest winner, the second-youngest woman to win a major, and the first Canadian woman to win a major in almost 50 years. June 12, 2016, was a great day for Canadian golf.
1. Mike Weir wins the 2003 Masters
What’s else could it be?
Canadian Mike Weir won the 2003 Masters and broke all kinds of records. He beat Len Mattiace in a one-hole playoff to get it done and became the first Canadian Masters winner and the first Canadian ever to win a major. Plus, he was the first lefty to win a green jacket. Just proving a left-handed Canadian can accomplish such a feat, winning a major, made April 13, 2003, the greatest day in Canadian golf history.