Golf: The Masters Tournament 2021 Preview

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The Masters is coming up and the tournament usually turns out to be one of the highlights of, not only the golfing calendar, but the wider sports calendar. 

First held in 1934 in Augusta, The Masters was then known as the ‘Augusta National Invitational Tournament’. The tournament has reached worldwide fame and is now a highlight of the golfing year. The Masters marks the start of the major golf season, being the first major to be played every year.

The Masters is a special tournament in the way that it is ran by a private golf club rather than a national golfing body (e.g. Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA).

What is the format for The Masters?

The Masters final round is always set to be played the second sunday of every April. However, there have been exceptions, most recently the 2020 tournament was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was played in November (making the masters the last major of the year in 2020).

As with almost all other bigger golf tournaments, The Masters is played on an 18-hole course, and is played over four days. With the field of players being significantly smaller than other big tournaments, players play in groups of three in the first two days (36 holes) and in pairs for the last two days (36 holes).

After the first two days play ‘the cut’ is made in which the top 50 players go through to play on the final two days. Should the fourth and final round fail to produce a winner, the tied players will play a sudden-death playoff. 

What types of bets can I place on The Masters?

There are many types of bets that can be placed on golf tournaments, by far the most popular is outright betting (placing a wager on a player to win the tournament prior to the competition starting). These types of bets usually offer great odds, while giving you the chance to back your favourite player.

Another popular bet is the matchup bet. In this bet a punter simply picks which player will win the pairing, meaning the bet is not influenced by the rest of the field. This type of bet can be great for new bettors, giving them a feel of what betting on golf feels like. 

What are the outright player odds for The Masters?

With the field of players being of a decent size, odds for the tournament are wide open. Here are the top players (priced between Favourite to 25-1) tipped to have a good chance:

  • Dustin Johnson 15/2 (F)*
  • Bryson DeChambeau 10/1
  • Jon Rahm 11/1
  • Justin Thomas 11/1
  • Rory McIlroy 12/1
  • Jordan Spieth 14/1
  • Brooks Koepka 16/1
  • Xander Schauffele 20/1
  • Patrick Cantlay 22/1
  • Collin Morikawa 25/1
  • Patrick Reed 25/1


Where can I bet on The Masters?

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Responsible Gambling

Whenever you are looking to place a bet it’s good to keep in mind responsible gambling. Set limits where you can so you don’t gamble with more than you can afford to lose. Always gamble responsibly.

When does The Masters Tee Off?

The tournament starts on Monday, 5 April. The finals are played from Thursday, 8 April, after the cut the top 50 players play the final two rounds on 10 & 11 April, with the winner being crowned on Sunday, 11 April. 

We hope this preview has given you a bit more insight into The Masters tournament and given you a guide on how and where to place your bets. Good luck!