Thanksgiving weekend is all about family, food, and football.
Well, move over NFL, there is some golf action coming your way.
Capital One’s The Match: Tiger vs. Phil will, undoubtedly, give NJ sports betting a boost with sports bettors watching and wagering on golf.
Either Tiger Woods or Phil Michelson will end the match $9 million richer in the winner-takes-all competition. It was not only made for TV, but it seems it was made for sports betting, too.
A look at in-play golf sports betting
Golf is embracing legalized sports betting in a way other sports dream about. Golf, of course, has one big advantage that compliments in-play sports betting, namely the pace of play and the opportunity for plenty of bets.
There are 18 holes and multiple shot opportunities at each hole. With a few minutes between each shot, bookmakers have the time to tee up the next prediction.
A press release from Turner Sports outlined what sports bettors can expect.
“The broadcast will include real-time, hole-by-hole statistics that will be displayed on screen to forecast the probability of certain outcomes during the match.
“The data is based on a model and algorithm that combines ShotLink Intelligence with characteristics of Shadow Creek to calculate the likelihood of various scenarios to occur.
Separately, after a hole has concluded, the broadcast will integrate a proprietary data stream provided by the MGM Resorts Race & Sports Books – in association with the MGM/GVC Interactive Gaming Joint Venture – to deliver odds, moneyline and other information associated with the golfers’ performance.”
Tiger and Phil doing more than driving
Woods, Michelson, and their caddies will be wearing microphones during the match.
The competitive nature and longtime rivalry between two of golf’s favorites will make this feature one of the most exciting of the day. The golfers will be making some side bets for charity throughout the challenge and fans can hear all about it.
The press release mentioned the following types of side bets:
- Predicting who will get closest to the pin
- Challenging each other to make a crucial putt
- Chances of getting “up-and-down” from specific locations
Michelson commented on the match to the Golf Channel back in August:
“It allows us to be a little bit more real, if you will. We think there will be some pretty good interest, but we’re also trying to present it in a way that you don’t get to see with normal TV.
“With only two guys, we should have a totally different experience with fans, because we will have smaller crowds that won’t necessarily have ropes they can walk inside the fairway and up near the greens. The idea is not just to have this great match, but to have this interactive experience so fans can see something they’ve never seen in televised golf before.”
There is no indication on whether fans can get in on the side action or not.
Tiger vs. Phil: The details
The Match: Tiger vs. Phil begins at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 23. Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas will be hosting the event.
It is a pay-per-view event and costs $19.99 on most cable providers. A 4K HDR broadcast is available on DirecTV for $29.99. Sports bettors can also check with their favorite NJ sportsbook in the state to see if they will be showing the match.
Turner Sports is not only bringing more fan engagement to golf, but it is also elevating the viewing experience.
Specifically, it plans to roll out:
- “Drone View by AT&T” — live state-of-the-art drone coverage providing new camera angles
- A display of real-time trajectories and flight path for each shot
- Virtual Eye real-time golf animations
- Super slo-mo cameras for coverage of specialty shots
With a 3 p.m. start time, it is likely the conclusion of the game will be played under the lights, also adding a twist.
This event might be the first match of its kind that caters to fan engagement through sports betting, but it certainly won’t be the last. We’re willing to bet on it.