US Masters 2020

For many, the US Masters is the best major tournament in the golf calendar, with Augusta National providing the picturesque backdrop for the world’s best players to compete over four rounds on this devilish course.

Last year, we saw a wonderful story when Tiger Woods claimed a historic fifth Green Jacket and it came fourteen years after the previous success at August, with the American rolling back the years and holding things steady during the final round as others fell away.

Perhaps Woods will be able to reproduce the goods, with the bookies making the 44-year-old a 10/1 chance to land a victory and there are sure to be many wanting to bet on this iconic sportsman writing his name into the history books once again.

While Tiger has enjoyed phenomenal success in this competition, a first Green Jacket continues to elude Rory McIlroy although the 30-year-old has plenty of time on his side to enjoy successes at August and he comes into this tournament as the marginal favourite to claim the spoils.

Rory appeared to have the world at his feet when winning consecutive major tournaments in 2014, although the past five years have seen McIlroy secure a number of top ten finishes at various major tournaments but miss out on the main prize.

Koepka Could Be Main Man at August

Brooks Koepka took a while to get the recognition he deserved, although the American is now regarded as one of the best golf players on the planet, with the 29-year-old having a phenomenal strike rate when it comes to recent major tournaments.

In 2017, Koepka won the US Open and he retained his crown in 2018 while also winning the PGA Championship. He then retained the latter title in 2019 and performed very well at the 2019 Masters when finishing tied second behind Woods.

He’s trading at a best price 12/1 with betfair to win the tournament, while Jon Rahm is another player to watch with interest and the Spaniard managed to notch a tied-fourth position two years ago, while he was also in the top ten a year ago.

Thomas, Spieth and Johnson All Among Favourites

Jordan Spieth won the Green Jacket in 2015 and he tied-second either side of this achievement, although the Texan’s form has wilted in the past couple of years and the only time he really competed for a major in 2019 was when he tied third in the PGA Championship.

The bookies are happy to go 25/1 about the former champion winning the Masters in 2020, although some will like that particular price, while his friend Justin Thomas has been steadily improving at Augusta each year and odds of 14/1 are available about the young American.

Dustin Johnson has an excellent track record in this tournament and was tied-second twelve months ago to illustrate he has the game for this difficult course, while it has been a top ten finish in his last four appearances at the Masters.

Bet on First Round Leader and Other Markets

In addition to the “Winner” market where customers can either choose to bet singles or each-way, there is also the opportunity to choose from several other betting markets and that includes First Round Leader. This is an exciting market which is settled after Day One of the 2020 Masters, with certain players getting off to a flying start and it’s worth paying attention to the tee times.

You can also enjoy bets such as Top American, Top European and Top Australian, with the bookies also creating match wagers so you can bet on whether Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy will finish highest up the leaderboard.

The first major of the 2017 Golf calendar takes place at the inimitable Augusta National this week, but which player will overcome all others to win the Masters? Here we give you our opinions on the matter, with the latest betting odds comparison for the leading contenders along with our tips and predictions.

A Look Back to the 2016 Masters

Few but fans of Danny Willet could have watched Jordan Spieth’s agonising collapse on the back nine of the final round of last year’s US Masters with anything other than sympathy. Undoubtedly one of the top players of the exciting new generation, Spieth was a full five shots ahead of Willet at the end of the front nine after the American birdied four holes in a row. But it was all to go awry from there for the 2015 Masters champion as he bogeyed the 10th and 11th before landing in the water on the par three 12th… twice!

Yorkshireman Willet was able to hold his nerve to take a surprise victory, while Spieth was left wondering what might have been. But while the experience must have been tough for the 23 year old from Texas, we think it actually puts him in a very strong position coming into this year’s Masters tournament. He certainly isn’t going to take any chances on the 12th this year!

Leading Masters Contenders in the Betting

Of course, there are plenty of top contenders who look like they could do well at this year’s US Masters. Not least the current world number one, Dustin Johnson. Coming to Augusta on the back of a hat-trick of tournament victories, he’s clearly the man in form. Last time out he bagged the WGC Match Play event, with wins at the WGC Mexico and the Genesis Open before that. The bookies make DJ the rightful favourite at best betting odds of 13/2 with Betfair.

Rory McIlroy has never won the Masters – it’s the only major he’s yet to win – and he’ll clearly be eager to complete the set this year. He’s been in decent enough form, tying for fourth in the Arnold Palmer and seventh in the WGC Mexico event, but he was slightly off his game in the recent WGC Dell Match Play where he crashed out early on. The bookies are pricing Rory as an 8/1 shot (Bet365 and others), and though there is no doubt he has the talent, we think he doesn’t represent great value. Given that his last major wins came in 2014 (USPGA and The Open) and doubts remain over his putting, so crucial at the Masters, single-digit odds look slim.

As mentioned, we think Spieth has some unfinished business at the Masters after last year’s massive disappointment. This could serve to ensure he focusses more than ever, or it could add an extra level of pressure that he could do without. However, with the bookies offering Spieth at the same odds as Rory – 8/1 with Bet365 – we certainly think the Texan represents much better value than the man from Northern Ireland.

Dark Horses: Long Odds Each Way Masters Tips

As always with the majors, there are plenty of longer odds options who offer excellent betting value. One such player is the Swedish world number 10, Alex Noren. Given that he’s in the world’s top 10 players, and that he won four European Tour events in the second half of 2016 (including the Nedbank Challenge), we feel that he is very overpriced at a tidy 100/1 with Betfred and others. With some bookies (namely Sky Bet and William Hill) paying out on each way bets up to eight places, Noren looks like a sensible each way bet to us.

Another 100/1 shot who has every chance of making a top eight finish is Lee Westwood. He finish second in the 2010 Masters behind Phil Mickelson, and tied with Spieth last year for second behind Danny Willet. A measured and accurate player from tee to green, Westwood looks fantastic betting value at 100/1 with Betfred and others.

One other long odds option that might pique your interest is the 2013 Masters victor from Australia, Adam Scott. The Aussie was also tied for second place in 2011 (when Charl Schwartzel took the glory) and Scott clearly has the right kind of game for Augusta - notably he is an exceptional putter. With best betting odds of 40/1 with Sportingbet, we think Scott has a fighting chance to get back to the pinnacle of world golf at Augusta National.

Betting Verdict: Who will win the Masters in 2017?

While there is undoubted value to be hoovered up further down the betting for your each way bets, we have to take ourselves back towards the shorter odds hopefuls as we pick our main betting tip for the winner of the 2017 Masters.

All things considered, while Dustin Johnson is clearly bang in form, we think the pressure of favouritism might get to him (in the same way that it did with Spieth last time around). And as for Rory, we feel he is just a little short at betting odds of 8/1 given his lack of truly exceptional golf in recent months.

Which leaves us with the man we’re tipping for glory at Augusta: Jordan Spieth. At 8/1 with Bet365, the odds are not overly generous, but we still think they represent decent enough value, especially when compared to McIlroy. Spieth will have learned valuable lessons from last year’s disastrous capitulation, and with a game that suits the wide fairways and tricky greens of Augusta, he’s our main man this year.

Whoever you back, be sure to make use of our odds comparison to ensure you get the best odds and hence the biggest profit if you win.


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