US Masters Betting Tips, Preview, Offers, Odds and History, 2016
The US Masters is the first major of the year and a real highlight for all golf fans. We’ve got history, stats, facts, betting tips and a whole lot more, including the best Masters offers and our full tournament preview.
US Masters Betting Offers
- Get massive odds of 12/1 on any of McIlroy, Day or Spieth to win the 2016 Masters!
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- Betfair offer Rory at 25/1 too!
- Or how about Jordan Spieth at 25/1?!
- Rory, Day OR Spieth TO MAKE THE CUT at 3/1 again with Betfair
- Boylesports 8/1 Rory to Finish in Top 5 – New Mobile Customers who JOIN BOYLESPORTS will get the chance to back Rory McIlroy at enhanced odds of 8/1 to finish in the top 5 in the Master, incuding ties! The Irish bookie will also give you the chance to earn up to £50 in free bets too… see their site for all the details.
- Each Way 6 Places at 1/4 Odds – New and existing customers of both BETFAIR and CORAL will be paid out to 6 places on each way bets at 1/4 of the standard odds and both have nice free bet offers for new customers too!
US Masters Betting Tips
The US Masters starts this Thursday and we can’t wait. The first major of the year is always a huge highlight of the golfing calendar and with so many top players in great form, this year’s Masters promises to be something really special.
Much of the attention will inevitably fall on world number one Jason Day, defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, who is seeking to complete a career Grand Slam. There is a strong chance that one of those men, the top three in the world, will win this year’s Masters and we can’t advise against backing them, especially if you take advantage of one of the great enhanced odds offers available, such as 888sport’s triple odds offer.
Top 3 Too Short
However, with Day priced at normal odds of 7/1 (Coral), Rory at 8/1 (Ladbrokes) and Spieth priced at odds of 10/1 (again with Ladbrokes) we prefer to look elsewhere for our main betting tips. Those odds are just a shade short and we much prefer something at longer odds as an each way bet, especially with so many of the top golf betting sites paying each way bets to five, six or even EIGHT places!
DJ Each Way
Our first tip just has to be Dustin Johnson. He ticks so many of the right boxes when it comes to trends, being the right sort of age, a huge hitter, having performed well at Augusta before and having plenty of experience at the course. He tied sixth here last year and whilst there are doubts about him getting over the line, his game is too good for his major drought to last much longer. Three top fives and a tie for 14th in his last four tournaments mean his game is in great shape and at massive odds of 20/1 with Coral he is an absolute bargain each way, especially with Coral paying six places!
Our second Masters betting tip is also each way and comes at much longer odds of 66/1 with BetVictor, who also pay Masters bets down to six places for each way punters. Danny Willett has surged into the top 15 in the world, currently ranked 12th and his recent win at the Dubai Desert Classic and third place finish in the Cadillac prove he can mix it with the best. We predict the Yorkshireman will win a major in the next few years and a top 40 finish on his Masters debut gives us belief he can really challenge a year on, with his game vastly improved.
US Masters History
There are iconic symbols of triumph embedded within all sports, whether it be trophies, shields or plaques, however nothing is quite as emblematic as the green jacket worn by past and present Masters champions.
As arguably the most prestigious major championship of the four featuring in the annual golfing calendar, the field ranges between 90 and 100 of the world’s most elite golfers. Saying that, the Masters does not only incorporate the richest and most successful players on the PGA and European tours, but invitations also stretch to amateur and senior champions from Asia, Britain and the US itself. From the informal, relaxed par-three event on Wednesday to the awards ceremony on Sunday evening, the Masters recipe is one based on three foundation ingredients: drama, unpredictability and most of all sheer golfing talent. It is the one tournament where the most special memories are created.
The illustrious US Masters tournament is not just a spectacle in the present, but also in the past – as the exhaustive history books document. A combination of the course, the field and on several occasions the weather, contributes to the often surreal atmosphere generated year upon year. Without doubt, the pull factor at the root of Masters fever is the setting: Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia.
As the only venue to host one of golf’s majors permanently, the 7,435-yard course offers great difficulty throughout, and is best-known for the extra challenging trio of holes on the back nine entitled Amen Corner. The phrase was coined by author Herbert Wind in 1958 and Amen Corner – where you need say your prayers to survive – stretches from the 11th to 13th holes and has been responsible for many disappointments over the years. As far as moments in the last decade go, Tiger Woods’ remarkable putt into Rae’s Creek – running around the 12th green – is one of the most memorable.
As with many a modern courses, taking advantage of the longer holes is pivotal for success and at Augusta, there are four par five holes. Bubba Watson’s two triumphs in 2012 and 2014 are a product of such a tendency to favour the longer hitters, whilst Woods regularly dismantled the par fives in his pomp.
With disappointments, there also naturally comes successes. The Masters has played host to countless hair-raising moments, and former world number one Woods is involved once again. In 2005, the four-time Masters Champion secured his most recent green jacket, along the way executing the most sensational chip of all time. The stage was set at the 16th green and Tiger produced with a 40-foot chip-in using expert judgment of the laws of physics as the ball trickled downslope from an almost 90° angle. Other triumphs worthy of a mention include Sandy Lyle’s two-shot bunker escape in the 1988 Masters which clinched him a narrow victory over Mark Calcavecchia, whilst Larry Mize’s amazing holed pitch to defy Greg Norman a year earlier (see dodgy 1980s footage below!) was just one of many disappointing moments for the Great White Shark.
It’s not all been golfing drama and great memories for the Masters and Augusta, with there also having been a handful of off-the-course controversies. A recent decision to permit female membership for the first time indicates how golf is transforming its anachronistic stance on male privilege. Similarly, the first African-American club member was only recognised in 1990. Nevertheless, these disputes / limitations are fortunately overshadowed by the raw golfing competition and the undeniable beauty of the Georgia setting.
Past US Masters Champions and Stats and Facts
2015 – Jordan Spieth (USA)
2014 – Bubba Watson (USA)
2013 – Adam Scott (Australia)
2012 – Bubba Watson (USA)
2011 – Charl Schwartzel (South Africa)
2010 – Phil Mickleson (USA)
2009 – Angel Cabrera (Argentina)
2008 – Trevor Immelman (South Africa)
2007 – Zach Johnson (USA)
2006 – Phil Mickelson (USA)
2005 – Tiger Woods (USA)
2004 – Phil Mickleson (USA)
2003 – Mike Weir (Canada)
2002 – Tiger Woods (USA)
2001 – Tiger Woods (USA)
2000 – Vijay Singh (Fiji)
1999 – Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain)
1998 – Mark O’Meara (USA)
1997 – Tiger Woods (USA)
1996 – Nick Faldo (England)
1995 – Ben Crenshaw (USA)
1994 – Jose Maria Olazabal (Spain)
• Jimmy Demaret was the first ever golfer to shoot an under-par round in Masters history on his way to victory in 1947.
• In 1960 Sam Snead won the first ever par three tournament to be played on the Wednesday prior to the main event.
• South African all-time great Gary Player was the first foreign player to win at the Masters in 1961.
• Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and John Harris are the only three professional golfers who have a membership at Augusta. The former was a four-time Masters champion whereas Nicklaus won the event a mammoth six times. Both have plaques around the course commemorating their successes.
• During the war years, Augusta National G.C was used to raise turkey and cattle in order to help create a self-sufficient food supply.
• In 1934 when the first Augusta National Invitation Tournament was competed, it was a minimal $2,20 fee to enter. Nowadays that figure is into the thousands.
• Tiger Woods is the youngest ever winner of the tournament at 21-years-old, whereas the aforementioned Nicklaus is the oldest at 46.
• In 2015 Jordan Spieth won at the age of 21 but was slightly older than Woods. He set a whole host of records along the way, including becoming the first player ever to reach -19 and recording an amazing 28 birdies.
• The highest winning score at the US Masters, +1, has happened three times, in 1954, 1956 and as recently as 2007
• In 2013 Guan Tianlang played in the US Masters at the age of just 14 years and 168 days…he made the cut too!