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Betting on the golf course

Pro golfer Ian Poulter decided to tweet a picture of his winnings from a recent golf match:


Five hundred dollars may seem like a lot, but PGA Tour stars make millions on and off the golf course.  Poulter’s match included fellow PGA Tour player Gary Woodland, and betting on the course helps keep tour pros sharp during their off weeks.

Betting is a favorite past time of both amateur and professional golfers alike.  The Nassau is perhaps the most popular form of betting, which includes a match on each nine, and an overall match.  Therefore, a $5 Nassau means you may win $5 on the front nine, back nine, and for your overall score.  It is usually played using a match play format, but golfers are free to use stroke play or add any sort of twist they would like.

A fun side bet is called “Snake.”  The last player in the group to three-putt is called the snake, and pays each player in the group an agreed upon amount.  The person who is the snake is the only one who can concede putts during the round.

There are plenty more betting games in golf.  Let me know your favorite one.


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