We head to arguably the most reputable and most admired golf courses on the planet, the Augusta National Course, as we look to the 2020 US Masters from November 12th-15th 2020. The world is still buzzing after watching the mighty Tiger Woods return to glory and win the 2019 US Masters. But will lift the trophy this year?
Here are betting lines for the Top Ten contenders from the best online bookmakers. The odds were last updated on June 23, 2020:
83rd edition of the US Masters Golf Tournament took place from Thursday, April 11 until Sunday, April 14, 2019, and featured some of the world's most fantastic golfers. Great shot-making was on display all weekend.
Congratulations to Tiger Woods who claimed his 15th Major with his 2019 Masters championship victory. Top global PGA stars now set their sites squarely on the second golf Major; the PGA Championship on May 16-19 2019.
For reference, below are closing odds to win the 2019 Green Jacket, furnished by, prior to the final round on April 14. As illustrated, a Sunday bet on Tiger returned a decent payout. However, that is small in comparison to the 1300 odds bettors could have had with a pre-tournament wager. Thick lines are available for the 84th Masters above. Secure them with a wager today!
The Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia was once again the scene of a famous US Masters tournament, and the drama was non-stop over the closing rounds. At the midway point of Sunday's play, as many as fifteen different golfers were in with a decent chance of winning, and at one stage the leaderboard featured five players in a share for the lead.
While it was a finish that Francesco Molinari would rather forget, he still finished as the top European at the tournament, and if you managed to pick him in that market at pre-tournament odds of 750 you would be sitting pretty.
World number one Dustin Johnson ended up closer than many predicted after the third round, and his consistency on the tour will see him hold on to his world number one spot.
Who could have predicted that Xander Schauffele would come so close? At 3300 it would have been some story. Ironically, he ended up on the same score as Brooks Koepka - his much shorter odds show his pedigree (he has won three majors in the last couple of years).
So who's in with the biggest chance? Above, you already saw the odds to win the US Masters 2019. Below are some of the more popular proposition and exotic betting options for the first PGA Major Championship in 2019.
Picking a winner at the Masters is no easy feat. Form and fitness play a big part in determining which golfers are likely to come close, but weather and course conditions can throw the form book out the window. Thankfully, you can find Masters Golf odds for players to finish in the top 20, which is slightly easier to predict.
One of the safest bets in this category is world number one Dustin Johnson, who has been one of the most consistent golfers on the tour.
US Masters Top European odds
Gone are the days where the Americans dominate the field at major tournaments. While South Africa's Gary Player was the only non-American to win the Masters before the 1980's, five of the last ten winners have been from overseas.
The Top European odds market is all about picking the best performer from Europe, and there are a number of big chances here. Rory McIlroy is returning to form, while Sergio Garcia is never far away and of course won the tournament in 2017. But of course, 2019 contender Francesco Molinari will be eager to take another shot at the green jacket.
Spaniard Jon Rahm has played some fantastic golf over the last 24 months and has become a familiar name in world's top ten, while Justin Rose, who has come second at the tournament twice, is another name you should consider despite lacking somewhat in 2019.
US Masters 2nd Round leader odds
This market is all about early momentum. Much like in horse racing, the first out of the blocks isn't necessarily the one who will win the tournament, so it's tricky to predict an early pacesetter.
Tricky, but not impossible. What you're looking for here is an indication that a player plays his best golf in the first round, then slowly comes back to the pack. England's Tommy Fleetwood is a good example - he shot a first round 65 at TPC Sawgrass, but followed up with a 67, 70 and 73. He wasn't able to hold his lead, but he would have got you the cash if you had picked him in this market.
US Masters Race winning margin odds
Picking the winning margin is never easy in a four round golf tournament, although we've pulled some stats to help you out. Since the tournament began in 1934, the breakdown of winning margins is as follows:
One stroke: 23
Two strokes: 19
Three strokes: 10
Four strokes: 6
Five strokes: 3
Six strokes: 1
Seven strokes: 1
Eight strokes: 1
Nine strokes: 1
Twelve strokes: 1
It's unsurprising to see that one stroke is the favourite in this market, although it still presents decent odds at 3.50.
US Masters Playoff odds
There have been 17 playoffs in 83 tournaments, so about a one-in-five chance that the tournament will head to extra holes.
Opening odds on YES to a tie are 4.00, which is fairly decent value when one considers 1 in 5 odds. Picking a winner from the full field is challenging, so you could do worse than then your money on YES to a tie.
US Masters Top former winner odds
The world was waiting for a fairy-tale performance from Tiger Woods, and he delivered in the most emphatic fashion. It's been called one of the greatest comebacks. The outright market prior to the 2019 event showed that he was one of the top four chances in terms of odds, although it's still hard to believe he added a fifth win.
He will remain one of the players most likely to excel at the tournament, while America's Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson are great picks here, and Sergio Garcia may also come close.
America's Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson are great picks here, and Sergio Garcia may also come close.
US Masters 2020 Betting Picks
The favourite in the Masters 2019 odds market was Rory McIlroy, which was unsurprising considering his recent resurgence, although he failed to deliver his best golf throughout the event. His final round of -4 added respectability to his score, although his performance shows just how hard it is to pick a winner.
At odds of up to 8.00 for the frontrunner, you're bound to receive a huge payday if you can select correctly.
If Tiger Woodscan stay fit, he will likely leap into favouritism for the 2020 event. When you've played over 80 tournament rounds at Augusta and picked up five wins, it's going to be hard for anyone to bet against you.
Yet 2019 showed just how open the field is. There's always likely to be an outsider who steals the headlines, and Tony Finauwas the story of round 3 as he stormed to a 30 on the front-nine - the joint record at the course. Yet he has pre-tournament odds in excess of 40.00 for 2020.
Dustin Johnson will surely be up there as a top favourite as he has been super consistent. Now ranked #2 in the World, Johnson has 9.00 early odds. Posting a runner-up finish, two strokes behind Brooks Koepka in the PGA Championship, Johnson keeps coming close. That said, the 2016 US Open remains as his lone PGA Major win.
Every year there is a solid basis for the guys who appear at the top - they all hit a long ball, and Augusta is a long course. As long as the weather is relatively calm, you'll see big hitters like Johnson, McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jason Day headline the event.
Despite his excellent record in majors, Koepka started at +1900 in 2019 and was only one shot back from Tiger. Expect him to make another run at the trophy in 2020.
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Around 100 golfers will take part in the Masters, and the tournament winner is rarely one of the favourites.
In the last three years alone we've seen America's Patrick Reed jump from relative obscurity to receive the coveted green jacket, Sergio Garcia turn back the clock to win in a playoff over Justin Rose, and England's Danny Willett hold on in a low-scoring epic.
Patience is key
So what does that mean? In the first instance, you should hold onto your money before considering a bet on the outright market. Pre-tournament odds can sometimes have little or no relation to the way a tournament unfolds, particularly if weather is a factor.
Additionally, a player like Tiger Woods is what we would call an emotive wager- he appears at fourth on the list of odds because of his name and reputation, but certainly wouldn't be there if the list was based on form and the actual chance of them winning.
Benefits of Live Betting
The biggest tip we can give you for betting on a major golf tournament is to bet live, either during or after the first round is complete. Study which golfers are handling the conditions, and watch the odds fluctuate (they will considerably). You may end up with lower odds for certain players, but you will have a greater chance of increasing your bank balance.
The 2019 Masters was a special tournament and showcased what we all love about sport.
Tiger Woods, who won his first Green jacket in 1997 and his most recent way back in 2005, was predicted by many to never return to the heights of his early career.
To come back and win another title after the injury and personal issues shows the making of a true champion, and it was a sight to behold.
Below you'll find the top players on the final leaderboard:
1. Tiger Woods (USA)
2. Xander Schauffele (USA)
3. Dustin Johnson (USA)
4. Brooks Koepka (USA)
5. Tony Frau (USA)
6. Webb Simpson (USA)
7. Francesco Molinari (ITA)
8. Jason Day (AUS)
9. John Rahm (ESP)
10. Ricky Fowler (USA)
11. Patrick Cantlay (USA)
The most notable feature of this leaderboard is the number of players that were in with a shot at winning. All eleven of these players could potentially have stolen the headlines from Tiger, and it made for exceptional viewing.
What's also worth mentioning is the dominance of the Americans. Prior to the tournament, we commented that non-Americans had won five of the last ten Masters, and the USA contingent responded by dominating the leaderboard. Six of the top eight and eight of the top eleven players in 2019 are from the states, and the international contenders will need to dig a little deeper in 2020.
There were breakout performances by Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele, while the water claimed Francesco Molinari's ball twice in a dramtic final stretch. Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka threw everything they could at Augusta, but fell just short. It was a finish that will be spoken about for years to come.
How does the US Masters Golf work
The Masters is a typical stroke-play golf tournament where the lowest scoring player over four rounds is declared the winner.
Players will tee off at various times of the day, and believe it or not there will be slight advantages or disadvantages for players based on who they are playing with and when they start their round.
Out of a field of approximately 100, around half will be 'cut' after the first two rounds. Typically, the players eligible to continue to the final rounds will be in the top-50 on the leaderboard, or within ten strokes of the leader.
In the event that two or more players are tied at the end of the four rounds, a playoff will be enforced. This involves the leaders playing extra hole(s) in a sudden-death contest to determine the outright winner.
US Masters All-Time Champions
Jack Nicklaus is the all-time leader in terms of Masters championships, with six titles between 1962 and 1986. Of the active playing field, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are the leaders with 5 and 3 respectively.
Multiple winners of the Masters Championship are as follows:
Jack Nicklaus (USA)
1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986
Tiger Woods (USA)
1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019
Arnold Palmer (USA)
1958, 1960, 1962, 1964
Jimmy Demaret (USA)
1940, 1947, 1950
Sam Snead (USA)
1949, 1952, 1954
Gary Player (RSA)
1961, 1974, 1978
Nick Faldo (ENG)
1989, 1990, 1996
Phil Mickelson (USA)
2004, 2006, 2010
Horton Smith (USA)
Byron Nelson (USA)
Ben Hogan (USA)
Tom Watson (USA)
Seve Ballesteros (ESP)
Bernhard Langer (GER)
Ben Crenshaw (USA)
José María Olazábal (ESP)
Bubba Watson (USA)
Tiger Woods is the last player to win back-to-back green jackets (2001-02) as he joined Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo as the only players to accomplish that feat in Masters history. Can he do it again by winning in 2020? Stick with us for full coverage of PGA Championship golf!