This is the first major golf tournament of the year and arguably the most prestigious. The 2018 Masters will be the 82nd edition of the event. It features the smallest field of the four major championships. The Masters remains an invitation event. However there are various categories which players can fall into and earn a place in the tournament. There are some good picks to be had in the US Masters betting.
When does the US Masters start?
The 2018 US Masters will take place at the Augusta National Golf Club between the 5th and 8th April 2018.
Ian Poulter 60/1
Ian Poulter is a great example of a player who has earned his place in the line up. The Englishman won a place at the 2018 Masters thanks to his victory at the Huston Open on Sunday. That tournament is one of the PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the FedEx Cup. If you win one of these results it's an invitation to the Masters.
8 Places 1/5 Odds Each Way for US Masters Betting at these Top Bookies
Not that winning in Houston has done much for Poulter’s odds to win the 2018 Masters. He is out at 60/1 with Bet365 in the US Masters betting, (odds correct as of 03/04/2018), to slip on the famous green jacket.
Not that the Ryder Cup winner should be completely discounted. He has three top-ten finishes to his name in his previous seven attempts at Augusta.
At 5/1 and considering the confidence he will be bringing to the tournament, Poulter makes an intriguing bet to finish inside the top ten.
However, according to the majority of online bookmakers, Poulter is some way behind the leading contenders to win the 2018 Masters and if the list of names is anything to go by, we are in for a real treat this year.
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth 10/1
Both Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth start the tournament at 10/1 with Bet365 (odds correct as of 03/04/2018). They are the joint favourites to finish top of the leaderboard on Sunday afternoon. McIlroy is remembered at Augusta for his collapse in 2011 but despite that and an injury plagued 2017, the former world number one has a great record at the Masters.
McIlroy has finished inside the top ten for last the four years. He also recently won the Arnold Palmer invitational to signal a return to form.
Spieth already has one green jacket hanging up in his closet and finished runner-up in 2016 when defending his title. Things didn’t go according to plan last year. The American has not been at his best this year.
However, Spieth cannot be ruled out on this course. He starts the tournament as the 10/1 joint favourite with Bet365 (odds correct as of 03/04/2018).
Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas at 11/1
Coming in at 11/1 we have Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas. The former was the huge favourite to win the 2017 Masters but a slip close to the start of event saw the American ruled out having enjoyed a great build up, winning three consecutive titles.
Johnson is not in the same form this year but he is the world number one for a reason. If he gets in-front, he will be difficult to stop.
Thomas has made the cut on his previous two visits to Augusta and returns this year as a major winner. He claimed the 2017 US PGA title and is a PGA Tour winner in 2018 thanks to his victory at the Honda Classic. Many onlookers feel his game is suited to the course and he is expected to go close.
Thomas makes a good bet at 12/5 with Bet365 (odds correct as of 03/04/2018) to finish inside the top five places.
Tiger Woods at 12/1 looks too short in the US Masters Betting
It is impossible to talk about the 2018 Masters and not mention Tiger Woods. It looked for a number of years as though the 14-time major winner was never going to come close to adding to his phenomenal total but that has changed this year.
Woods seems to have returned to full fitness. His performances in recent PGA Tour events suggest he could come close at the Masters. If the American can remain in contention into the weekend, the other players will see his name on the leaderboard and that alone could be enough to give Woods the edge.
Justin Rose at 14/1
One man who has come very close to winning his first Masters title in recent years is Justin Rose. The Englishman lost in a playoff to Sergio Garcia last year and finished runner-up in 2015. Rose has never missed a cut at the Masters. He has finished in the top ten in four of his last six appearances at Augusta.
In decent form this year, Rose must be considered a serious contender to win the 2018 Masters and can be backed at 14/1 with Bet365, (odds correct as of 03/04/2018).
The 2018 Masters is going to be a huge event and with all the world’s top golfers set to be in action, it could be one of the best we have ever seen.