Held in the first full week of April each year, The Masters is the first of the four golf majors, and unlike the others is held at the same venue – Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. The tournament is ripe with tradition, and is most notable for the presentation of a green jacket to the victor; you can’t be considered a great of the sport of golf without donning the famous blazer.
While the majority of us mere mortals will never get a chance at even competing for the coveted green jacket, there is certainly the potential to get amongst the green through the fantastic and seemingly limitless betting options available for the US Masters (in case you didn’t catch that, we’re talking about US Currency…) Below you will find a comprehensive overview of the tournament, including odds from a variety of providers and our best betting tips to help you win big.
US Masters Golf
Latest Odds Update: April 3, 2018
Recent Winners at Augusta
- 2017 – Sergio Garcia (-9)
- 2016 – Danny Willett (-5)
- 2015 – Jordan Spieth (-18 – equal tournament record)
- 2014 – Bubba Watson (-8)
- 2013 – Adam Scott (-9)
Multiple Winners at Augusta
- 6 – Jack Nicklaus (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)
- 4 – Arnold Palmer (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964)
- 4 – Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
Without risk there is no reward, and that is certainly the case when it comes to outright betting on The Masters. As per the table above you can see that even the top-rated golfers are paying in excess of +600 for victory in the tournament, which is a fairly common trend particularly because the US PGA Tour is currently as even as it has ever been. Gone are the days of one player dominating, like we saw in the Tiger Woods era.
For this reason, our recommendation is to bide your time if you are planning to place a wager on the tournament winner. There are plenty of big tournaments leading up to the Masters, most notably the World Golf Championships normally held in March, so be sure to take a look at the field here before making a decision on who will take home the green jacket at Augusta.
Here are some statistics that may help (or hinder) your pick for the outright tournament victor:
- Since 1987, 15 out of 31 champions at Augusta had not won a tournament in the same calendar year prior to The Masters. 2017 winner Sergio Garcia was one of them.
- Of the 16 champions who had won at some point in the year leading up to the event, eight won tournaments in March.
- Only three of the sixteen champions won multiple tournaments in the lead up to The Masters. World number one Dustin Johnson won three times early in 2017, before failing to win at Augusta.
- Every player in this period had previously won on tour at some point.
Top Betting Tips
If you’re finding it too difficult to select a winner in the outright market there are several alternative options available – why not attempt to select the final tournament position of your desired player? While it may not be worth it to pick a tournament favourite in the ‘Top 20’ line, you could certainly find a bargain if you do your research and find that an outsider is in form and could potentially finish higher than expected. You can even bet on which players will make or miss the cut, again great if you have a broad knowledge of all players in the field.
As The Masters is held at the same course every season, you should be able to make a reasonably educated guess as to what the winning score will be. As per the above recent winners list, the tournament leaders have scored well below par, and we can reveal that the average winning score since the turn of the century is -10. It is also of note that the winning score has been over par just once in over 60 years (Zach Johnson’s victory in 2007 with 1+ on the card).
With this knowledge at hand, you should be well equipped to place a bet in the handicap markets available, and these are not limited to the tournament winner. You can wager against anyone in the field and decide whether they will score above or below a certain figure. For example, Adam Scott’s tournament score handicap may be set at -7.5. At odds of approximately +100, you will have the opportunity to select if you think the Australian will score higher or lower than this mark during the tournament.
US Masters Golf Betting Odds 2018
As the snow melts and the flowers bloom, Spring brings a sense of optimism and excitement, and of course The Masters is just around the corner. For betting fans who have been in hibernation over the Winter, it’s the perfect time to place a wager and kick off the cashflow for the season. From pre-tournament futures odds, to individual round and handicap markets, not to mention a wide variety of prop betting options, our top ranked sportsbooks listed below have golf fans covered throughout the event.
The 2018 edition of The Masters is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. With so many players in contention, there is a sense that anyone in the field has a genuine chance at donning the green jacket. Pre-tournament form isn’t necessarily a factor when the players line up to tee off at Augusta; it all comes down to who can handle the pressure and navigate their way to success on the final Sunday afternoon.
So who do the leading sportsbooks think have the best chance in 2018? The usual suspects appear at the top of the list – world number one Dustin Johnson appears alongside Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy at the peak of the betting options, while the biggest story is that of Tiger Woods, who has surged back into the conversation and appears just below the favourites.
2017 PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas was well down the list of odds when the odds were first published, however he has firmed into a share of favouritism and looks as likely as anyone to lift the trophy.
The best tip we can provide is that odds on tournament winners in the major golf tournaments, unlike many other sports, usually look quite silly in hindsight once the tournament is over. In 2017, the pre-tournament favourites were quite similar to those on the list for 2018, yet none of the names listed above were ever really in contention for the green jacket, with Rory McIlroy coming the closest to winner Sergio Garcia with a seventh-placed finish, six strokes back.
We understand that’s not much use, but it is the harsh reality of golf futures markets. We recommend taking a look at the key statistics of all the top golfers leading up to the tournament (the PGA Tour is great for this) and selecting a pick just before the tournament tees off in April. Have a look at the course specifications and compare these with the strengths and weaknesses of the players in the field to give yourself the best chance of a win.
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