The Masters Golf Betting at Bet UK
__The Masters is one of golf's 4 majors and is often among the highlight of the whole golfing calendar. Each April, the world's top golfers all head to the Augusta National golf course to compete for the green jacket. Augusta is a notoriously difficult course and has seen some of the worlds best golfers struggle, regardless of their previous success. Highlight wins include Tiger Woods in 1997, Charl Schwartzel in 2011 and the remarkable Danny Willet win in 2016. At Bet UK, we've got Masters betting tips from Robert Cobley, an analysis of the Augusta golf course and a complete guide to the Masters. Head over to our online betting, for the latest Masters betting odds as well as golf betting odds on all PGA and European tour events this year.
The Masters returns on 11th April for what promises to be another spellbinding four days of golf at Augusta National. The Masters is traditionally the first Major of the year and tees off a fabulous four months of golf with the other three to follow in quick succession.
The home of the Masters since 1934, Augusta National is one of the world’s most beautiful and challenging courses. The famous venue is famed for its glorious greens, sweeping fairways and blooming azaleas. The Masters boasts a rich history and a folklore quite unlike any other sporting contest.
Ahead of the Masters, take a look at Robert Cobley’s Masters betting tips, as well as his in depth look at the Augusta course. Bet UK’s online betting has Masters betting odds, as well as odds on all major European and PGA tours.
Players To Watch At The 2019 US Masters
The list of favourites for the 2019 Masters is bunched tightly with golf’s biggest names at the top of the odds. Rory McIlroy will be the pick for many of those placing a bet on golf this year following his deserved win at the Players Championship in March, but there’s a whole host of others who will catch the eye.
Dustin Johnson is close to regaining his top form, Justin Rose has a good record at Augusta and no talk of contenders for the Masters can be complete without a mention of four-time winner Tiger Woods. Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas and three-time champion Phil Mickelson are also among the favourites.
The Masters Course - Glorious Augusta National
Augusta National is so loaded with class and history that even the driveway leading from Washington Road to the clubhouse is the stuff of legend. Magnolia Drive is flanked on either side with dozens of magnolia trees which were planted in the 1850s.
Six-time winner Jack Nicklaus once remarked: "from the first time I drove up Magnolia Lane at age 19 I had a special feeling about Augusta. Even today I get chills driving up Magnolia Lane."
The site was formerly an indigo plantation and then a famed plant nursery before legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones teamed up with New York investment banker Clifford Roberts to build a golf course at Augusta in the 1930s.
Jones’ standing in the game and the fabulous course design soon transformed the original Augusta National Invitational Tournament into the Masters, which would go on to become one of golf’s most prestigious Majors.
The Augusta layout tends to suit long hitters and those with an accurate long-iron game who can handle the lightning fast greens.
The Masters Format
The Masters is a stroke play event which takes place over four days each April. Augusta National is a par-72 course which has been lengthened in recent years in order to test the game’s big hitters.
The field is one of the smallest in championship golf. Players qualify by invitation only if they fulfil one of 19 criteria. These include former Masters champions and those who have won other Majors in recent years along with winners of other notable events and players who have been in the top 50 of the world rankings at various qualifying dates. After 36 holes, the field is cut to 50 for the final two rounds.
There have been 11 sudden-death play-offs in Masters history. Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth share the lowest score record which is 18-under (270 shots).
The Green Jacket
The winner of the Masters has been presented with the Green Jacket since 1949. Members of the Augusta club first began wearing the jacket in the 1930s, Bobby Jones borrowing the idea from the Royal Liverpool Golf Club.
The Masters Green Jacket is presented to the winner after the 18th hole. Traditionally it is the previous year’s champion who presents it. When Nicklaus became the first man to win back-to-back Masters in 1966, he had the somewhat uncomfortable task of presenting the jacket to himself. Since then, consecutive winners - Nick Faldo and Woods - have had their jacket presented by the chairman of the Atlanta club.
That jacket is borrowed from an Augusta member who is roughly the same size and build. The champion is later measured for his own tailored version. First-time winners of the Masters are allowed to keep their jacket for a year before returning it to Augusta National, where it will be kept with those of other champions and be available for each to wear when they return.
As well as his first Green Jacket, last year’s winner, Patrick Reed, collected $1.98m with Rickie Fowler taking home $1.188m for his second-place finish. The Masters trophy depicts the Augusta National clubhouse, a former plantation house built in 1854. The champion has his name engraved on the trophy and receives a gold medal.
How To Watch The Masters
Live coverage of the Masters will be beamed live in the UK on Sky Sports Golf. Extensive coverage will begin when play gets underway on 11th April. Local time in Augusta is five hours behind that in the UK, so first round live coverage begins at 8pm. You can stay up to date with the latest US Master odds here at Bet UK.
The History Of The US Masters Tournament
The history of the Masters is as deep as the white sand filled bunkers which adorn the Augusta National course and is as varied as its undulating greens. The first Major of the year is one steeped in heritage and tradition, from its famed green jacket to the golfing legends who have worn it upon emerging victorious.
The Masters began over 80 years ago and has called the venue in Georgia its home since those very early days. The Masters, and the course on which it is played, were the vision of two men - one a charismatic pioneer of the game, and the other a mysterious yet enigmatic investment banker who made the dream a reality.
Over four days, the smallest field in Major championship golf assembles at the beautiful Augusta course amidst the blooming azaleas, flowering dogwoods and towering pines which adorn the former plantation. Augusta National lies a few miles to the north of Georgia’s second city. There is no corner of Augusta untouched by history, such is the rich tradition of the Masters.
Before the Masters starts this Thursday, make sure to take a look at Robert Cobley’s Masters betting tips, as well as his expert analysis of the Augusta National golf course. You can get the latest Masters betting odds at Bet UK’s online betting.
Founding Of The Masters Tournament
After he retired from golf in 1930, legendary amateur golfer Bobby Jones was keen to remain involved in the sport which had brought him 13 Major championship titles. Jones harboured a vision of building a golf course and teamed up with astute New York investment banker Clifford Roberts to make his dream a reality.
The pair were recommended a 365-acre property which was home to the Fruitlands Nursery, one of the most successful horticultural ventures in the American South famed for its peach trees and azaleas.
Jones and Roberts engaged Dr Alister MacKenzie, a Yorkshire-born physician turned golf architect, to help them create their masterpiece. Construction on the new course began in 1931 and Augusta National formally opened in January 1933.
The Masters began life in 1934 as the Augusta National Invitation Tournament before changing its name five years later. The Masters has been held in early April ever since. Jones was the first “face” of golf and his standing in the sport helped elevate the championship to become the premier tournament we recognise today.
The Green Jacket At The Masters
The first green jacket was awarded to Sam Snead in 1949. The tradition began in 1937 when Augusta members would wear the jacket so that they stood out and could provide assistance to spectators. After Snead became the first champion to be presented with a green jacket, the Augusta club retrospectively awarded one to each of its former winners.
When Gary Player won the Masters in 1961 to become the first international winner, he forgot to return the green jacket a year later and still has it in his home in South Africa, having agreed never to wear it in public.
Masters Champions And Records
The Masters has been played continuously since that first tournament in 1934, taking a three-year break during World War II.
Jack Nicklaus holds the record for most victories with six titles across three decades from 1964 to 1986. Nicklaus is the oldest winner of the Masters, claiming the title at the age of 46 in his last victory. A plaque to commemorate his achievements is affixed to a water fountain that sits between the 16th and 17th holes.
Tiger Woods is the youngest winner of the Masters. Woods claimed victory at the age of 21 in 1997 and also achieved the lowest score in the tournament’s history with a round of 270, 12 strokes ahead of the rest of the field - also a record.
Sandy Lyle became the first British winner of the Masters in 1988 with one of the greatest shots in golfing history. Lyle needed a par four at the 18th to force a play-off or a birdie to win the tournament outright. The Scot tugged his tee shot into a fairway bunker but then hit the sweetest 7-iron of his career to land 10 feet from the hole. His resultant winning birdie was the first to claim the green jacket since Arnold Palmer had done so in 1960.
Other notable moments in Masters history include Nick Faldo’s consecutive wins in 1989 and 1990 which was followed by fellow Brit, Ian Woosnam’s victory a year later. Tiger Woods' win in 1997 was particularly notable given that he had only turned pro a year earlier. The Tiger had arrived on the world stage.
Perhaps one of the greatest stories of the Masters came exactly 20 years ago though. Jose Maria Olazabal had quit playing golf as a result of a back complaint and a foot injury which had rendered him unable to walk. After a year away from the game, the Spaniard - a stalwart of Major Championships and the Ryder Cup - was reborn after being treated by a German doctor. Greg Norman breathed down Olazabal’s back throughout much of the final round, but a back nine of 33 allowed Olazabal to breeze down the 18th to claim one of the most famous victories in Masters history.
The Masters is always one of the highlights of the golfing year to watch, and whatever happens at this year’s tournament, one thing is certain; the winner will be the latest name to join an illustrious list of champions. Take a look at the latest 2019 US Masters odds to decide who you want to back.