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BEST BOOKMAKERS FOR BETTING ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR

The European Tour's popularity means there is no shortage of bookmaker websites where you can place your bets on tournaments throughout the year, but with so many bookies to choose from which ones offer the most competitive odds and the best service?

Not only does Bettingpro.com offer advice on what bets you should place on the European Tour, we also offer advice on which bookmakers you should use. Our comprehensive reviews give you a rundown of what you can expect from the bookies when you become a customer of theirs.

Is there an incentive to sign up at the website - ie. free bets, risk-free bets etc? Are their European Tour betting odds competitive? Do they offer much variety in the way of markets? Can I bet In-Play? What special promotions can I use to insure my bet or boost my pay-out if it is a winner? What standard of customer service can I expect?

All of those questions, and more, are answered in our reviews that you can access HERE.

EUROPEAN TOUR FREE BETS & SIGN-UP OFFERS

The sign-up incentive has become a staple of the betting industry with bookmakers now offering new customers the chance to claim free bets, risk-free bets and more when they register for a new online account.

But what offers are available to you right now? Below is Bettingpro.com's favourite bookmaker welcome offers at this time which you can use to bet on the European Tour (offers subject to terms & conditions)...

EUROPEAN TOUR BETTING TIPS: HOW TO BET ON THE EUROPEAN TOUR

Looking for information on Golf betting? We explain the different kinds of golf bets which can be placed and the best tactics to use in order to have winning golf bets.

Visit the golf section of any self-respecting bookmaker and you will find a wide range of markets for a host of upcoming tournaments, with this sport being covered all year round by operators.

There are events taking place on most weeks of the year, with the bookies pricing up tournaments that take place on the PGA and European tour, while you can expect them to ramp things up when it comes to the four majors and the Ryder Cup.

Why should I bet on Golf?

You get more big-priced winners in golf than any other sport due to the fact that there are usually over a hundred players that line up at the start of the tournament. That means that virtually every player can be backed at double figure odds, with many customers selecting a handful of golfers against the field to provide them with plenty of excitement over the four days.

Due to the nature of the sport, a tournament’s four-day format provides plenty of opportunities to not only place pre-event wagers but also bet In-Play when the event is under way. Some customers might wait until the cut is made at the halfway stage of the tournament before placing bets so they get a definite run for their money, although the juicier prices can often be snapped up before the action gets under way.

What types of Golf bets can I place?

The biggest of these is which player will win the tournament? As mentioned, it often pays to have each-way bets a selection of players on this market so you have a portfolio of golfers against the field, with the bigger odds meaning you can bank a healthy profit even by backing half a dozen or more players. The big odds also mean that you don’t have to make a big staking bet to land a profit.

Other outright markets include 1st Round Leader (where you predict who will be leading after the first round) and that is a market which is also popular In-Play where the clubhouse leader’s odds often changes according to the performance of the players out on course.

What is two ball and three ball betting?

Players tend to be grouped in pairs or trios when it comes to tournament play and the bookies will often price up selected two-balls or three-balls so you can bet on which player will card the best score from their particular group. Accumulator betting is also available if you want to make several selections.

For example, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy might all be grouped together and it’s a case of betting on which player will perform the best on the day. You can also find 72-hole match-betting and group-betting markets where you can back Player A to outperform Players B and C, with the bookies selecting groups of players for this purpose.

Why should I bet Each-Way on Golf?

Many punters like to bet each-way when it comes to golf tournaments due to the fact that it’s difficult to be on the money when it comes to finding the outright winner from a huge field. It can be frustrating to back a golfer to win an event at 100/1 only to see him finishing second, although an each-way bet would instead return a sizeable profit.

Bookmakers tend to offer generous place terms when it comes to the big tournaments so you can back a player each-way at a quarter of the odds if he finishes in the first six places. Therefore, a £10 each-way bet (£20 stakes) on a player at £100 would return £1010 if he won the event and £260 if he managed to finish in the first six places.

How should I use betting exchanges to bet on Golf?

When you have made a shortlist of players that you want to back for a particular tournament, it is worth visiting a sports betting exchange like betfair to place your bets and this applies for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, the odds on betfair can often be bigger than you will find with a fixed-odds operator and this is because customers effectively set the prices rather than a trader. Therefore, if you are looking outside the favourites, you might find a player who is 100/1 with Ladbrokes might be 150/1 on betfair.

The good thing about the exchanges is that you don’t need to back a winner in order to make a profit, with customers getting the chance to cash out for a profit by backing a player that ends up starting well and potentially hitting the top of the leaderboard. 

So for example, you might place a £10 bet on a player at 200/1 on betfair and his excellent first-round performance could see the odds drop to 20/1, which means you can cash out a profit of around £50 irrespective of whether he goes on to win the tournament.

EUROPEAN TOUR HISTORY

Most Race To Dubai/Order Of Merit Wins: 8 - Colin Montgomerie (1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005)

Most Consecutive Race To Dubai/Order Of Merit Wins: 7 - Colin Montgomerie (1993-99)

Most Points In One Season: 7,149,503 - Rory McIlroy (2014)

Highest Earnings (When Prize Money Determined Winner): €5,519,118 - Rory McIlroy (2012)

Race To Dubai / Order Of Merit Winners

YearPlayerPoints/Earnings
1937Charles Whitcombe-
1938Henry Cotton-
1939Reg Whitcome-
1940-45NO AWARD-
1946Bobby Locke-
1947Norman Von Nida-
1948Charlie Ward-
1949Charlie Ward-
1950Bobby Locke-
1951John Panton-
1952Harry Weetman-
1953Flory Van Donck-
1954Bobby Locke-
1955Dai Rees-
1956Harry Weetman-
1957Eric Brown-
1958Bernard Hunt-
1959Dai Rees-
1960Bernard Hunt-
1961Christy O'Connor-
1962Christy O'Connor-
1963Neil Coles-
1964Peter Aliss-
1965Bernard Hunt-
1966Peter Alliss-
1967Malcolm Gregson-
1968Brian Huggett-
1969Bernard Gallacher-
1970Neil Coles-
1971Peter Oosterhuis-
1972Peter Oosterhuis-
1973Peter Oosterhuis-
1974Peter Oosterhuis-
1975Dale Hayes£20,508
1976Seve Ballesteros£39,504
1977Seve Ballesteros£46,436
1978Seve Ballesteros£54,348
1979Sandy Lyle£49,233
1980Sandy Lyle£66,060
1981Bernhard Langer£81,036
1982Greg Norman£66,406
1983Nick Faldo£119,416
1984Bernhard Langer£139,344
1985Sandy Lyle£162,553
1986Seve Ballesteros£242,209
1987Ian Woosnam£253,717
1988Seve Ballesteros£451,560
1989Ronan Rafferty£400,311
1990Ian Woosnam£574,166
1991Seve Ballesteros£545,354
1992Nick Faldo£708,522
1993Colin Montgomerie£613,683
1994Colin Montgomerie£762,720
1995Colin Montgomerie£835,051
1996Colin Montgomerie£875,146
1997Colin Montgomerie£798,948
1998Colin Montgomerie£993,077
1999Colin Montgomerie€1,822,880
2000Lee Westwood€3,125,147
2001Retief Goosen€2,862,806
2002Retief Goosen€2,360,128
2003Ernie Els€2,975,374
2004Ernie Els€4,061,905
2005Colin Montgomerie€2,794,223
2006Padraig Harrington€2,489,337
2007Justin Rose€2,944,945
2008Robert Karlsson€2,732,748
2009Lee Westwood€4,237,762
2010Martin Kaymer€4,461,011
2011Luke Donald€5,323,400
2012Rory McIlroy€5,519,118
2013Henrik Stenson4,103,796 pts
2014Rory McIlroy7,149,503 pts
2015Rory McIlroy4,727,253 pts
2016Henrik Stenson5,289,506 pts
2017Tommy Fleetwood5,386,955 pts

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