US Masters Golf Preview, Betting Tips, Offers and Odds, 5-8 April 2018
The US Masters is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the golf year and our Masters preview has got everything you need to enjoy the first major of the season. Our preview has got the best offers, odds and betting tips so if you want to bet on the Masters read on for the lowdown.
We’ve also got a little US Masters history and trivia at the bottom of the page for those who want more than just the perfect Masters betting toolbox but what this post is really all about is helping you profit from this year’s event.
US Masters Betting Offers
The US Masters is for many THE major and the best golf betting sites will release a raft of enhanced odds promotions, free bets, enhanced each way deals and money back specials, all of which we’ll be listing right here!
2018 US Masters Betting Tips
- Tips coming closer to the Masters
Augusta always represents an interesting challenge, with some players simply taking to it and other top stars being left bamboozled. It’s not an event for newcomers, while it can often punish the slightest of errors. Winning here is a tall order, but just who is up to the challenge?
It seems a long, long time ago that Sergio landed the 2017 US Masters. At the time of writing we still have a couple of months until the 2018 Masters. We’ll have our tips a little closer to the time so be sure to check back!
US Masters Trivia and History
Let’s start with 10 fun Masters facts before we move on to the longer, more serious and, maybe, slightly more boring, US Masters history.
- Oldest and Youngest – the best two golfers ever hold the record for oldest and youngest US Masters winners, with Jack Nicklaus having won at the age of 46 and Tiger Woods at just 21 years, three months and 14 days
- Green Jacket – Sam Snead won the first ever green jacket in 1949, although they were then awarded to all previous winners. The jacket of Horton Smith, who won the first ever Masters, was sold in 2013 for almost $700,000! For the record, the “green” jacket is officially Pantone 342
- Turkey and Beef – there was no Masters in 1943, 1944 or 1945 due to the war, with Augusta instead being turned over to raising turkeys and cows for the war effort!
- Pine Time – all those beautiful green trees the players try and avoid at the Masters? Mainly pines, with a range of varieties including Eastern Whites, Slash and the delectably named Loblolly Pine
- The Pressure of The Masters – the first time at Augusta can be tough for anyone but Chi Chi Rodriguez had a novel approach to handling the nerves, saying “The first time I played the Masters, I was so nervous I drank a bottle of rum before I teed off. I shot the happiest 83 of my life”
- More Pressure – not quite such an amusing fact but the pressure of the US Masters can get to anyone and among the more memorable collapses have been Greg Norman’s in 1996, when a final round 78 turned a six-shot lead into a five-shot deficit.
- Jordan Spieth – Jordan Spieth, US Masters champion in 2015, broke numerous records on his way to victory including: best 36, 54 and tied best 72 hole totals; most birdies at a Masters; first man to reach -19. He also set a range of other historical landmarks, for example becoming just the second man aged 21 or under to go wire to wire at a major (the other was Walter Hagen in 1914)
- A Rose by any Other Name – the tournament was initially called the Augusta National Invitational from its inauguration in 1934 until 1938 before taking on the name of The Masters. Not everyone approved, with legend Bobby Jones calling it “the so-called Masters.” as recently as 1963
- 19th Hole – Augusta originally planned to have a 19th hole – a real hole, not the bar – that would allow losing players a “double or quits” bet. It was to be a 90-yard uphill hole but plans were dropped for aesthetic and financial reasons
- Beautiful Augusta – part of the appeal of The Masters is the beauty of Augusta but such perfection takes work. The water hazards are dyed blue, water cups used by the crowd are green in and out so they don’t show on TV, flowers and plants are brought in especially for The Masters, being packed in ice or subject to heat lamps so they flower perfectly for those four all-important days of the US Masters!
US Masters History
Ok, that’s the fun stuff out of the way, now let’s take a look at how the most beautiful major of them all came about. As alluded to above, the tournament started life as the Augusta National Invitational and was first held in 1934.
Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones created the tournament on the newly built Augusta National course that was only completed in 1933, sadly after architect Alister MacKenzie had died. The first ever tournament, won by Horton Smith (who also won two years later), was played with the two nines reversed, ie 10-18 played first, followed by the holes we now know as one to nine.
From 1935 the holes were played in the order we now know whilst the name of The Masters was taken in 1939, with the tournament often referred to as The US Masters in Europe. Perhaps the most famous shot in Masters history, if not all of golf, was played in just the second ever Masters, with Gene Sarazen’s “shot heard ’round the world” enough to earn Sarazen his own bridge at the course, not to mention a play-off spot that he would go on to win. Sarazen’s albatross at 15 was some shot and the fact that the longer hitters now often hit little more than a seven iron in does nothing to diminish it.
The Masters has been punctuated by almost all of the golfing greats and the period in the 1960s and 1970s when the likes of Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player regularly competed for the green jacket is perhaps the most memorable in the tournament’s history.
In 1961 South African Player became the first overseas player to win The Masters, winning again in 1974 and then completing his hat-trick in 1978 at the age of 42. Palmer won four Masters, the last in 1964, whilst the Golden Bear holds a record six Masters titles, his final one and final major coming in 1986.
Here Come the Europeans
American dominance further waned in the 1980s and 1990s, with non-US players winning 11 out of 20 Masters in this period. Seve – he needs but one name – became the first European to taste glory at Augusta in 1980, adding a second title in 1983 whilst his compatriot Jose Maria Olazabal also won twice, in 1999 and 1994. German Bernhard Langer was another double European winner, slipping on the green jacket in 1985 and 1993, whilst Nick Faldo is the most successful European in Masters history having won at Augusta in 1989 and 1990, followed by a third win in 1996.
In more recent times much talk at The Masters has been about combatting the prodigious length of players such as Woods. Augusta’s par fives are now where the longest players really seek to make hay with all offering up great birdie and even eagle opportunities. In 2015 Dustin Johnson was seven under for the par fives alone … on one single day! The huge-hitting American made three eagles and a birdie on the Friday, a Masters record.
America Bites Back
Woods, who has made more than his fair share of Masters eagles, was the dominant force in the 21st century, winning The Masters in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005, whilst his best friend (!) Phil Mickleson also claimed three titles.
In the last 10 years or so players such as Trevor Immelman, Angel Cabrera, Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott have added more of an international flavour to the roll of honour but Bubba Watson’s brace of wins in 2012 and 2014 and Spieth’s procession in 2015 mean Augusta is very much the US, Masters right now.
However, with Sergio’s fine win in 2017 and the huge number of European and world stars in the top 50, could things be about to change once again?