2019 Golf Masters - Guide to the US Masters
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.
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