With hundreds of markets open each year, the Masters is the perfect betting opportunity for not only big punters, but small as well. An outlay as small as $1 could turn a big profit and that’s the beauty of betting golf, especially at the Masters in April.
US Masters information
Held every year at Augusta National Golf Club – the only major to play at the same venue every year – the Masters is the most coveted major on the pro circuit and the prestige of wearing the green jacket is second-to-none.
The opening round of the 2015 Masters takes place on Thursday, April 9.
Played over four rounds, the Masters encapsulates all aspects of the golfing world. Players from around the globe have their own qualification process, usually by winning their national title, which makes for an exciting field.
The Masters also makes features some of the top world amateurs to play, with ‘Top Amateur Finish’ a popular betting option with punters.
The Masters is considered a second Christmas for most golfing fans and those who like to place a bet on the sport. The Masters brings the golfing community closer together, glued to their television sets or laptops, whilst watching the very best golf has to offer.
2015 US Masters champion odds
The US Masters market comes out very early and odds have already been set for the first major of the calendar year.
It’s no surprise that the world’s best golfer, Rory McIlroy, has been well favoured to take out his first Masters title after finishing in a tie for 8th in 2014. The Northern Irishman has taken over from Tiger Woods as the main draw card and he is always a good bet prior to the tournament.
Big hitting Bubba Watson and Tiger Woods remain firmly fancied in the market and there is good value with Jordan Spieth, who finished his 2014 year in great fashion.
2015 Masters market:
Rory McIlroy – 9/2 ($4.50)
Bubba Watson – 12/1
Tiger Woods – 14/1
Jordan Spieth – 16/1
Adam Scott – 16/1
Jason Day – 20/1
Rickie Fowler – 20/1
Phil Mickelson – 22/1
Justin Rose – 25/1
Matt Kuchar – 25/1
Henrik Stenson – 25/1
Sergio Garcia – 28/1
Dustin Johnson – 33/1
Charl Schwartzel – 40/1
Jimmy Walker – 40/1
Martin Kaymer – 40/1
Bradley Keegan – 50/1
Patrick Reed – 50/1
Billy Horschel – 50/1
Louis Oosthuizen – 50/1
Hideki Matsuyama – 50/1
Lee Westwood – 50/1
Hunter Mahan – 50/1
Jim Furyk – 50/1
Brandt Snedeker – 50/1
Brooks Koepka – 66/1
Jonas Blixt – 66/1
Graeme McDowell – 66/1
Gary Woodland – 66/1
Zach Johnson – 66/1
Luke Donald – 66/1
Ian Poulter – 66/1
Jason Dufner 66/1
Betting on selected country markets
What are selected country markets?
Every year bookmakers release a wide variety of betting options, which include betting on selected players to be the best performed player from their respective country.
An example of the market would look as follows:
Top Swedish Player:
Henrik Stenson – $4
Jonas Blixt – $7
Peter Hanson – $8
Robert Karlsson – $10
This type of betting option allows punters to bet on a wide variety of players, who they don’t necessarily think will win the tournament, but have a chance to beat a selected group of players.
Bookmakers will also open a market for Top European, Top American, Top Asian and Top Australasian, which would encompass the selected country players. The odds are higher for selected players to win in these categories, due to the increase in numbers, and it remains a popular option for bettors.
Other Masters betting markets
There are plenty of markets to bet on each year and some of the more popular markets include:
To make the cut – Your selected player must make the top 50, plus ties, in order for this bet to cash. Prices are usually on the lower side, especially for the well-fancied players, but this is a good option for either those wanting to boost their parlay (multi-bet) result, or punters who have taken an extreme outsider to make the cut.
A hole-in-one made – Bet on whether there will be a hole-in-one throughout the tournament. The price for ‘Yes’ is typically around the 9/1 ($8) mark, whereas ‘No’ is almost unbackable at $1.05. The official chances of scoring a hole-in-one sit around the 12,500/1 mark, but there can be one thrown into the mix at the Masters.
Margin of victory – This option makes the final day even more exciting. Bet on what the winning margin will be – whether you think it will be decided in a playoff, by one stroke, two, three or four. The variety of options make this a profitable bet if it comes in.
Winning score – Punters are betting on what the final winning score will be. The bookmakers will set a pre-tournament market for this option, usually around the eight-under region for winning score, but will revise the market throughout the tournament. Bet on whether the winning score will be higher, or lower than what the bookmakers have set.
Group and head-to-head betting at the Masters
These are two of the more popular day-to-day bets that people make throughout the tournament.
The Masters groups are usually in three’s, before becoming pairs on the weekend, therefore punters must select the winner out of each group – lowest score wins.
Tiger Woods – $1.67
Bubba Watson – $2.40
Henrik Stenson – $4
This option is popular because you can have a wide variety of bets, on numerous players, and not put all your eggs in the one basket. It also makes viewing more enjoyable as you can have multiple bets going at the same time.
Head-to-head betting is picking between two players, set by the bookmakers, to outscore one another over the entire tournament.
The bookmakers will often pair players based on their skill level and the odds will usually be very close. This betting option takes very little thought, which appeals to many punters, as you only need your player to beat another.
Tiger Woods ($1.60) vs. Phil Mickelson
Woods would only need to finish in a higher position than Mickelson for your bet to cash. If Woods makes the cut and Mickelson doesn’t, your bet will be paid out after the cut has been officially made – which makes this a popular option for punters wanting a quick return.
Betting the Par 3 Contest
The Par 3 Challenge takes place the day before the first round of the Masters and is often a relaxed, family-filled competition where players take a lighthearted approach.
However, there is still a market open for the Par 3 Contest and there are usually only a handful of players who take it seriously enough to bet on. Players such as Tim Clark, Luke Donald and Ben Crane have all been recent winners.
Most of the winners are excellent short game players which makes this betting option a profitable one. You can select as many players as you want, but you can also rule out players who won’t be going for the title. Often players will involve their kids, so simply choose those who don’t have kids, and you’re halfway there.
Look for the good short game players who don’t hit the ball long, and you will kick off your Masters betting week in fine style.