When the major championships arrive, golf fans, experts and plenty of outsiders are always wondering who’ll win or place inside the top 10 to try make a small profit.

Most people look at the previous year’s results to determine where their money will go but is there a point in looking at what happened 12 months ago if you want to make some money on golf’s major championships?

The stats don’t lie

Since the fifth major was introduced there hasn’t been too much to shout about for the reigning champion at each major championship.

There have been just five instances where the reigning champion has placed at the following year’s event. Three of these came at the PGA Championship since the introduction of the fifth major with Inbee Park winning in 2014 and while Brooke Henderson finished second in 2017, a year on from her victory at Sahalee.

The other two were Lexi Thompson (2015 Ana Inspiration) and Suzann Patterson (2014 Evian Championship).

After this there have been five top 20 finishes, five top 40 finishes, one top 60 and five missed cuts by reigning major champions.

Just like in the men’s game it’s better to look at specialist markets such as missed cuts or top 20 finishes if you want to back a reigning champion on a bet. If you bet on them to win using most reliable UK betting sites, then it seems the odds are in your favor.


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