It’s a tradition unlike any other, and the 2019 edition of the Masters was no different. Tiger Woods captured his first major in more than a decade and will return in 2020 as the defending champion.
If you want to take a swing at golf betting, there’s no better place to start than with The Masters. So, as you await another glorious April in Augusta, check out our guide, complete with tips, strategy and news to make you a more informed bettor.
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The Augusta Masters takes place in April of every year and, unlike other major championships in professional golf, it is held at the same location each year at Augusta National Golf Club, meaning past performance can be used to inform your betting.
Masters golf betting is a growing phenomenon. The tournament has the smallest amount of starters in any major, with between 90-100 playing at Augusta each year, making US Masters golf betting markets more narrow than other majors.
Previous winners of the Augusta Masters are allowed to re-enter the competition as many times as they like, so the field is often saturated with golfers that are past their prime. This makes the field bet fairly redundant when it comes to the Masters, and sometimes odds are slimmer than you would normally see.
As a result, expect younger golfers that play well in the weeks preceding The Augusta Masters (keep an eye on the PGA tour) to shorten in price. Pay further attention to big names that play well in the week before The Masters.
This rule of thumb applies to other tournaments that you incorporate as a part of your long-term golf betting strategy.
The Masters runs from April 9-12, 2020. It is the first Golf Major of the calendar year.
The Masters is held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Augusta is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, meaning your average golfer can't just arrive and enjoy playing a casual round of golf. Former Masters champions, members and members guests are permitted to play, but the course is closed for several months a year in preparation for the Major.
Betting on the US Masters is available from all of the top betting sites. Golf betting, in general, is popular with punters due the large odds available pre-tournament tee off. The Masters, in particular, draws in a huge number of gamblers looking to capitalise on the numerous betting opportunities. You can bet on anything from the outright winner, to finishing in the top ten, to not making the cut or the amount of birdies/pars/bogeys in any given players round.
Tiger Woods won the 2019 masters with a score of 275 (-13). Woods' victory was one of the most memorable sporting events of the year. Following a dominant decade, Tiger fell off the pace after a number of career-threatening injuries and his Masters victory marked a comeback that captured the hearts of the golfing world.
The Masters will be televised on ESPN on Thursday and Friday, and on CBS on Saturday and Sunday. In Europe, however, golf fans can tune in via Sky Sports Golf or Sky Sports Main Event. Live coverage begins from 7pm - 8pm.
Rory McIlroy is the current bookies favourite to win the 2020 US Masters. McIlroy recently climbed back to the summit of the World Golf Rankings and will garner plenty of support heading into the event. At the time of writing, he is 9/1 best price to win outright. He is followed closely in the market by the like of Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson.
A live leaderboard is available to view on the official US Masters website www.masters.com for those who are not in attendance at the event.
The US Masters is steeped in history and there are vigorous rules patrons must follow when attending the event. One of the most important rules is that no mobile phones are allowed on site, and course marshalls are entitled to remove you from the grounds if they spot you using one.
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Augusta National Golf Club has changed significantly over the years but certain traditions remain diligently guarded. Membership is strictly by invite only.
Since 1949, all members receive a green jacket, as does the winner of each Masters tournament. The winner of the tournament must return his jacket to the clubhouse one year after his victory, where it is stored with other champions’ jackets in a designated cloakroom.
A Champions Dinner evening takes place prior to the masters, at which the most recent Masters winner gets to select the menu for a gathering of previous winners. Some bookmakers will offer the winner’s menu choice as a specials market.
Since 1960 a social contest has been played on the Wednesday prior to the Masters tournament on the par-3 course.
The Augusta Masters was started by amateur champion Bobby Jones and investment banker Clifford Roberts who both banded together to build the course, which opened in 1932.
The tournament was first played in 1934 and became immeasurably popular quite quickly, due to Jones’s popularity and connections within the game.
The first Masters golf tournament began on March 22nd 1934, and beginning in 1940, it was scheduled to take place every year during the first full week of April. Masters Golf betting tips and odds traditionally come out during a couple of weeks preceding the tournament, although bookies do offer ante-post markets well in advance of April.
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