The US Masters Golf Tournament is the first of the four men’s major golf championships held in April at Augusta National Golf Cup in the USA.
The Masters, which was established in 1934, kicks off on the second Sunday in April (US dates) and is an invitational golf major that attracts plenty of attention from golf betting fans.
It’s the only golfing major held at the same course annually and The Masters field is the smallest of the four majors with around 100 or less players. Any of the qualified The Masters players that do not enter due to injury or the like do not have “alternates” to replace them, unlike in the other three majors.
The Masters field always include the current champions of the major amateur championships and the majority of the season prior’s PGA Tour winners. Previous The Masters champions also hold a lifetime invitation to compete in subsequent tournaments.
Each year The Masters champion receives a green jacket, a tradition awarded since 1949.
THE MASTERS 2018
- US Masters Tournament Dates: April 5 – 8, 2018 (US)
- Edition: 82nd
- Winner’s Prize Fund: US$1.98 million
- 2018 The Masters Champion: Patrick Reed (2018)
- Final Round Score: 71 (1) for 273 (-15)
The US Masters of Golf for 2018 ran from April 5 – 8 (US time) at Augusta National Golf Club and saw local Patrick Reed celebrate his first major golf title with a final round 71 (-1) for 273 (-15) success.
The US Masters Tournament champion Patrick Reed finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Rickie Fowler.
The Masters Tournament 2018 also featured rejuvenated four-time The Masters champ Tiger Woods, still the youngest The Masters champion as a 21-year-old back in 1997, along with the pre-tournament favourite in US Masters betting Rory McIlroy who won the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The ever consistent Dustin Johnson, currently topping the USPGA Rankings for strokes gained, was another early favourite in The Masters championship odds returning the tournament after injury ruled him out in 2017.
Key Australian golfers in The Masters Field for 2018 included Jason Day and Marc Leishman. The best finishing Australian golfer in the US Masters 2018 Results was Cameron Smith who tied for fifth place.
2018 US MASTERS RESULTS
|1st||Patrick Reed||United States||69-66-67-71=273||−15||$1,980,000|
|2nd||Rickie Fowler||United States||70-72-65-67=274||−14||$1,188,000|
|3rd||Jordan Spieth||United States||66-74-71-64=275||−13||$748,000|
|Tied for 5th||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||69-71-65-74=279||−9||$386,375|
|Bubba Watson||United States||73-69-68-69=279|
|Tied for 10th||Tony Finau||United States||68-74-73-66=281||−7||$286,000|
|Dustin Johnson||United States||73-68-71-69=281|
THE MASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT
- Venue: Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia, US
- Date: First full week of April (US)
- Inauguration: March 22, 1934
- Par: 72
- Length: 7,435 yards (6,799m)
- Format: Stroke Play
- Tours: PGA Tour; European Tour, Japan Golf Tour
- Prize Money: $11.0 million
- Current The Masters Champion: Patrick Reed (2018)
The US Masters Tournament consists of four rounds at 18 holes each. For the opening two rounds (36 holes) players compete in groups of three. For the weekend rounds The Masters field is reduced using a cut-off score. Punters can bet on what players will “Make The Cut”, i.e. those inside the Top 50 positions or within 10 strokes of the current leader’s score at the end of 36 holes.
The final two days of play feature a further 36 holes and if The Masters champion is still undecided, the tournament moves into a sudden-death playoff beginning on the 18th hole and in place since 1976.
THE MASTERS BETTING & GOLF ODDS
The Masters betting on the overall champion is a key golf bet type on the opening of the four majors. Players in The Masters field that played well in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the lead-up often sit high up the futures The Masters odds.
Below we take a quick look over some of the other popular The Masters golf betting markets and odds.
Age of the US Masters Winner
Golf fans can enjoy a US Masters punt on what age the current year’s champion will be. Could a veteran over the age of 34 take out The Masters or will it be a younger player?
Crack-Handed US Masters Winner
Will a Left-Handed competitor in The Masters field win the tournament?
Rookie Wins The Masters
Back a rookie golfer to win The Masters at juicy golf odds.
The Masters Winners’ Shirt Colour
Tip the colour The Masters winners’ shirt colour will be with grey and white popular options.
Position Golf Markets
Back a player in The Masters for a Top 5, Top 10 or Top 20 finish.
Top Player Golf Betting
Predict which European Player in the current The Masters field with finish highest.
First Round Leader
Put your golf knowledge to the test and back what competitor you think will be leading The Masters results after the opening round of play.
US MASTERS RECORDS
|The Masters Golf Records|
|Most Masters Wins:||Jack Nicklaus – 6 (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)|
|Oldest US Masters Champion:||Jack Nicklaus – 46 years (1986)|
|Youngest US Masters Champion:||Tiger Woods – 21 years (1997)|
|Widest The Masters Winning Margin:||12 Strokes – Tiger Woods (1997)|
|Lowest The Masters Winning Score:||270 (-18) – Tiger Woods (1997); Jordan Spieth (2015)|
|Highest The Masters Winning Score:||289 (+1) – Sam Snead (1954); Jack Burke Jr. (1956); Zach Johnson (2007)|
|Most The Masters Appearances:||Gary Player – 52|
|Most US Masters Top 10s:||Jack Nicklaus – 22|
PAST THE MASTERS WINNERS
The list of former The Masters Champions dates back to the tournament’s establishment in 1934 when Horton Smith won. The first Masters Tournament winner Smith returned for a second success in 1936.
Local US golfers dominated The Masters Tournament results from 1934 – 1960 until South African Gary Player became the first international winner of The Masters. Player celebrated a second success in 1974, the first time since his opening title that a non-US player won.
More recent The Masters results show a range of differing nationalities taking out the Green Jacket including Aussie Adam Scott (2013), Danny Willett (2016) from England and Spaniard Sergio Garcia (2017).
Most The Masters Championships:
- 6 – Jack Nicklaus (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)
- 4 – Arnold Palmer (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964)
- 4 – Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
See below for the US The Masters Winners going back to 2000.
|Year||The Masters Champion||Winning Country||To Par||Margin of Victory||Runner(s)-up||Winner’s Prizemoney|
|2018||Patrick Reed||United States||-15||1 stroke||Rickie Fowler||1,980,000|
|2017||Sergio García||Spain||−9||Playoff||Justin Rose (UK)||1,980,000|
|2016||Danny Willett||England||−5||3 strokes||Jordan Spieth (US), Lee Westwood (UK)||1,800,000|
|2015||Jordan Spieth||United States||–18||4 strokes||Phil Mickelson (US), Justin Rose (UK)||1,800,000|
|2014||Bubba Watson (2nd Win)||United States||−8||3 strokes||Jonas Blixt (SWE), Jordan Spieth (US)||1,620,000|
|2013||Adam Scott||Australia||−9||Playoff||Ángel Cabrera (ARG)||1,440,000|
|2012||Bubba Watson||United States||−10||Playoff||Louis Oosthuizen (ZA)||1,440,000|
|2011||Charl Schwartzel||South Africa||−14||2 strokes||Jason Day (AUS), Adam Scott (AUS)||1,440,000|
|2010||Phil Mickelson (3rd Win)||United States||−16||3 strokes||Lee Westwood (UK)||1,350,000|
|2009||Ángel Cabrera||Argentina||−12||Playoff||Kenny Perry (US), Chad Campbell (US)||1,350,000|
|2008||Trevor Immelman||South Africa||−8||3 strokes||Tiger Woods (US)||1,350,000|
|2007||Zach Johnson||United States||+1||2 strokes||Retief Goosen (ZA), Rory Sabbatini (ZA), Tiger Woods (US)||1,305,000|
|2006||Phil Mickelson (2nd Win)||United States||−7||2 strokes||im Clark (ZA)||1,260,000|
|2005||Tiger Woods (4th Win)||United States||−12||Playoff||Chris DiMarco (US)||1,260,000|
|2004||Phil Mickelson||United States||−9||1 stroke||Ernie Els (ZA)||1,117,000|
|2003||Mike Weir||Canada||−7||Playoff||ULen Mattiace (US)||1,080,000|
|2002||Tiger Woods (3rd Win)||United States||−12||3 strokes||Retief Goosen (ZA)||1,008,000|
|2001||Tiger Woods (2nd Win)||United States||−16||2 strokes||David Duval (US)||1,008,000|
|2000||Vijay Singh||Fiji||−10||3 strokes||Ernie Els (ZA)||828,000|