The 2018 US Masters
Golf may not be one of the most exciting spectator sports, but it does offer some unique betting opportunities for punters and sports enthusiasts. In the world of International Golf, the four Major Championships, also known as the “Majors” are the most prestigious of any of the global golfing events. This coming April, the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia will play host to the first of the Majors for the year.
The 2018 US Masters will kick off on the 5th of April and run to the 8th of April. Unlike the other 3 Majors, the Masters is always held at the same location in the US which means that players can hone their skills on the course over the years and dominate for whole periods at a time. This year marks the 82nd edition of the prestigious championship and is bound to be one of the most exciting competitions to date.
The Tournament Setup
Officially, the US Masters has the smallest field of the 4 major championships, with roughly 90 to 100 entrants. Officially, it is an invitational event, although there is strict set of qualifying criteria that determines who is included in the playing field. The top 50 players in the World Golf Rankings are all invited. Any golfers who qualify on their performances in amateur tournaments will remain amateurs on starting day.
The US Masters dates back to the early 1930’s and was started by noted golfer Bobby Jones along with Clifford Roberts. After winning the 1930 Grand Slam, Jones bough a former plant nursery turned it into the now famous Augusta National golf course. The first official US Masters event was played in 1934 and has been going strong ever since. Today the US Masters forms an integral part of the PGA Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the European Tour.
In 2017, the competition went down to a playoff between Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Justin Rose. In the end, Garcia managed to hold onto a small lead and take the honours while Rose had to settle for the position of runner up. The year before, his countryman Danny Willett won the event by 3 strokes. Many US players have triumphed at Augusta including Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth.
For golf fans and sports punters, the US Masters offers some great betting opportunities including outright winner bets, head to head bets, round bets and playoff bets. If you want to get in on the betting action, you can find everything you need at top-class betting sites like 888 Sports, Betway Sports, William Hill, and Paddy Power.