The 2018 US Masters starts on April 5th and finishes on April 8th 2018.
Worth noting is the par 3 challenge, a traditional curtain raiser to proceedings, which plays on April 4th and will be subject to a bit of golf betting action with bookmakers.
US Masters betting never really stops throughout the year, with bookmakers constantly updating their odds throughout the year between each event, where some excellent early pricing can be taken.
However it’s the week or so before that bookmakers really turn up the heat and throw many golf betting offers at potential punters. Masters betting offers for the event include money back offers, US Masters free bets on in-play markets and extra places, with Paddy Power paying out on seven players in their each way market last year!
As mobile phone betting takes centre stage, Masters betting online for 2018 is expected to be even bigger, so a keen eye is needed to grab enhanced Masters odds or other bonuses available.
The US Masters is one of, if not the biggest events in golf and the 2018 championship is wide open according to the bookmakers, with Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and a certain Tiger Woods all jostling for favouritism at best prices of between 10/1 and 14/1.
Next up come Justin Rose (16/1), Bubba Watson (16/1), Jason Day (18/1), John Rahm (20/1), Phil Mickelson (20/1), Rickie Fowler (22/1), Paul Casey (25/1) and last year’s winner, Sergio Garcia (28/1).
The Masters odds attract plenty of scope for betting, with bookmakers offering a wide range of markets, with popular inclusions such as Top 10 and Top 20 finishes, three ball betting, in which you bet on the individual round score between a group that are playing together, right through to hole in one betting.
There is a market for all types of punter, which make the US Masters golf an exciting event to be part of.
The few of weeks before the Masters, brings a cornucopia of Masters betting previews and US Masters betting tips by experts, bloggers and media outlets. Deciphering these can be a tough nut to crack but all is not lost.
The US Masters on course difficulty means the cream tends to rise to the top, with the last forty Masters Tournament victors all leading players at the time.
Also it is worth keeping an eye on left handed players before the event, with the Augusta National Golf Club layout actually aiding the “lefty” over the years, including Bubba Watson and Phil Mickleson, something to consider if picking a list of players. The PGA website has useful “Power Rankings” which are always helpful when looking for US Masters betting tips.
Unless you are one of the fortunate few to gain 2018 US Masters tickets for the event in Georgia, USA, then like most, the television coverage will be your best bet. Sky Sports cover the event widely, with a dedicated channel take over, featuring interactive coverage as well.
Unlike team sports, predicting who is likely to be contending on the last day of the Masters tournament is a mix of luck, statistics, nerve and form.
As mentioned previously, this Augusta National course does bring the best players to the fore, but an argument can be made for a dozen players or more at any given time to win the event.
Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey have all recently won tournaments, whilst Jordan Spieth already has a Masters title and two second place finishes under his belt in four attempts.
The biggest story pre-tournament is the return of Tiger Woods as a genuine contender, with the four-time Masters champion having finished 12th (Honda Classic), 2nd (Valspar Championship) and tied 5th (Arnold Palmer Invitational) in his last three events. Now seemingly in his best shape in years both physically and mentally, he has to be seen as a potential winner of the Green Jacket again.
The US Masters was founded in 1934, when it was originally called the Augusta National Invitational. The current naming of the event changed in 1939.
The first tournament was hosted by former player and co-owner of the course Bobby Jones, with the field comprising of close associates. The first winner was Horton Smith, who went on to win a second time two years later.
The Augusta National Golf Club has been the permanent host of the event since its inception and is widely seen as the toughest golf course in world golf, with tight fairways and the quickest greens seen on tour. It also features the troublesome run of holes known as “Amen Corner”, which sees three of the toughest holes on the course from the 11th to 13th holes.
The event has played host to some of the greatest players and shots of all time, including Gene Sarazan’s famous “shot heard around the world”, which saw Sarazan score an albatross on the par 5 fifteenth, to tie the lead and eventually win.