2018 Golf Betting Preview

Updated Tuesday 26th February 2019, 09:03 AM

December is traditionally a quiet month, both for professional golfers and for those who like to bet on the sport, but it is also a time when bettors can start thinking about the big tournaments that are scheduled for the coming year. In this article we will take a look at who the bookmakers have priced up to perform well in the four majors, and then assess their chances accordingly in an effort to make a sound selection for those who fancy placing an early bet.


  • Sergio Garcia won the 2017 US Masters following a playoff with Justin Rose after both players finished 9 under par. That was the second time that Rose has come close to winning this tournament, but it proved to be the high point of his year in 2017, and the bookmakers have Jordan Spieth down as the favourite to win in 2018. Despite finishing T11 in this year’s Masters, Spieth had a pretty good 2017, and the high point was him winning the US Open in July. Dustin Johnson missed out on the Masters this year due to injury, but is a solid second favourite to compensate for that absence next year.
  • The 2017 US Open was won by Brooks Koepka, who finished 16 under par. That result gave Koepka the first majors win of his career, and his score equalled the record low that was achieved by Rory McIlroy in 2011. The bookmakers don’t particularly fancy Koepka to repeat that feat in 2018, preferring Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and McIlroy himself, all of whom have won this event previously.
  • Jordan Spieth won the Open Championship in 2017, giving him his third majors win following his Masters and US Open wins in 2015. Spieth finished with a score of 12 under par, whilst Rory McIlroy could only manage a T4 finish at 5 under par. Spieth is the favourite to put in a repeat performance in 2018, but the bookmakers have Dustin Johnson and McIlroy installed as the current joint second-favourites, so once again those three names are dominating the early betting.
  • The fourth major of next year will, as always, be the PGA Championship. The current champion is Justin Thomas, who finished 8 under par to beat Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed into T2 place, at 6 under par. Spieth and Johnson are the joint favourites to win this tournament in 2018, and since it is the only major that Spieth hasn’t yet won (although he did finish second in 2015) he is likely to be the golfer with the greatest appetite for it.

Sports.net’s View

Jordan Spieth is clearly the player to watch in 2018 according to the bookmakers, and we are inclined to agree. Spieth looks like a worthy candidate for any of the four majors, but he will definitely be looking to improve on his T11 finish in the Masters, and as that is the first major of the year, it makes sense for us to make him our selection for that event and hope that he performs as well as the odds suggest. Should Spieth not participate for any reason, our next best for the Masters would be Dustin Johnson.

Sports.net's Top Tip

Type Odds Bet Now
Masters Winner
Jordan Spieth
Bet Now

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 February 2019 09:03:40+00:00
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