US Masters Golf Betting Guide
The Masters is arguably the most prestigious event in golf. It’s the first major of the year, played every April at the Augusta National. It’s very much the Augusta National and the traditions of it which makes this tournament what it is. For this week, rather than playing for a trophy, the elite qualified field plays for a coveted green jacket. That jacket is always presented by the previous year’s winner.
The field here is an invitational only field and is usually restricted to 90 players. Top 44 and ties make the cut in this tournament. Augusta National is a private course which is open only to members for the rest of the year. Each year on the eve of the Masters there is the traditional par 3 contest where 9 holes are transformed into par 3’s with the lowest score winning.
The course itself is absolutely stunning, set up and decorated with plants and flowers with each hole being named after a flower. It’s a par 72 with the signature holes being the 11th, 12th and 13th which are fondly known as ‘Amen Corner’ for it’s beauty and tranquillity. The 12th, a par 3 has a green which is turned away to the spectators who have to watch the action from behind the tee while the players cross Rae’s Creek via the Hogan Bridge to putt on the green.
Jack Nicklaus currently holds the record for the number of wins in the Masters. He has won this event 6 times which is two more than Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods who won the last of his Masters titles in 2005. Many Europeans have won this event in the past. Those includes Seve Ballesteros, Bernhard Langer, Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo and most recently Jose Maria Olazabal.
Phil Mickelson won the title in 2010, and as tradition dictates, he handed over the famous Green Jacket to 2011 winner Charles Schwartzel. The 2011 Masters was perhaps famous for the incredible collapse of Rory McIlroy who entered the final day with a four shot lead. In an incredible turn of events, McIlroy still held a lead after the first nine, but crumbled in the back nine, shooting a round of 80 to eventually finish tied in 15th. McIlroy to his credit recovered relatively quickly from the potentially devastating turn of events in Augusta by claiming his first major just over two months later when winning the US Open. American Bubba Watson had the pleasure of donning the famous green jacket after winning the 2012 event which went to a play off with South African, Louis Oousthuizen. A play off was again needed in 2013 but it was Adam Scott who became the first Australian to earn the green jacket pipping Angel Cabrera at the second extra hole.
In 2014 Bubba Watson triumphed again and most recently 21 year-old Jordan Spieth eaqualled the lowest ever score at Augusta by winning the title in 2015 on 18-under par, the same score a certain Tiger Woods achieved some years earlier.