US Masters Free Bets

The Masters at Augusta is one of the biggest events of the golfing year and we at FREEbets.org.uk are here to guide you through the best way to use your free bets on the tournament. 

The golfing calendar at the start of the year is busy with events on all the main tours. However, the better players focus their practice and tournament play so they peak at the start of April and are well prepared for the first major of the season, the US Masters. Rory McIlroy is particularly keen to win the event as it would complete his career Grand Slam of each major only achieved by five players in the past.

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Third Round Betting News

Patrick Reed is the favourite for the US Masters after his third round score of 67 gave him a three-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and it appears to be a two-horse race. Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm, Henrik Stemson and Tommy Fleetwood look too far back.

Second Round Betting News

Patrick Reed is the favourite for the US Masters after his second round score of 66 gave him a two-shot lead over Marc Leishman. Henrik Stemson is two shots further adrift and Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy are in contention five shots behind Reed. Justin Rose is seven shots off the pace at 2 under while Tiger Woods made the cut at 4 over. Defending champion Sergio Garcia missed the cut.  

First Round Betting News

Jordan Spieth has played in the US Masters four times and not finished worse than tied 11th. He has the best recent form of the entire field and he is playing well at Augusta National again. He has a two shot lead after an opening round 66 and looks in ominously good form. Spieth is a good front runner and starts in the morning today. If he scores in the sixties again he could have a grip on the tournament midway through the second round. Rory McIlroy had a solid first round and he is three shots off the pace. He didn’t make many mistakes and took advantage of the birdie opportunities on the par 5s. McIlroy is the second favourite at 5/1 with Ladbrokes. Phil Mickelson has won the Masters three times and would be the oldest winner if he prevails again. His first round score of 70 keeps him in contention but Spieth could pull away from the field. Tiger Woods was one over par after 18 holes and now 40/1 with bet365 to win the Masters Tournament for the fifth time.  

Ante Post Betting News (March 28th) 

At the end of last year Tiger Woods was 80/1 to win the 2018 US Masters and he is now 10/1 with Ladbrokes. The former world number one missed the best part of two years through injury but has come back pain free and playing good golf. Woods has won 14 major championships and still has hopes of overhauling Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 but he has not won a major since the 2008 US Open. A Woods win would be one of the greatest sports stories ever but could cost the bookies a fortune. 

Rory McIlroy is the current favourite at 7/1 with Coral. He just requires the Masters to complete the career Grand Slam and only five players have won each of the four majors at least once. McIlroy was his imperious best in winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational earlier this month. He was off the pace at the start of the fourth round but five birdies in six holes on the back nine clinched a 3 shot win. 

The Masters has a history of producing multiple champions but back-to-back wins are rare. Only Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus have defended the title and they are three of the best players in the history of golf. Sergio Garcia finally won his first major at the Masters last year. He has since become a father for the first time. Garcia has that distraction and jobs as the current champion and is 28/1 with Betfair to win the Green Jacket again. 

Garcia beat Justin Rose in a playoff last year but the runner-up could go one better this time. Rose has been tipped in our US Masters preview on the basis of course form and his skills’ profile. He has the temperament to keep his form under intense pressure. Rose won the US Open in 2013 and is the Olympic champion. He is the standout bet for the 2018 US Masters at 14/1 with William Hill.       

Winners Over The Last 20 Years 

YEAR

WINNER

COUNTRY

SCORE

MARGIN

 

 

 

 

 

2017

Sergio Garcia

Spain

9 under

Playoff

2016

Danny Willett

England

5 under

3 shots

2015

Jordan Spieth

United States

18 under

4 shots

2014

Bubba Watson

United States

8 under

3 shots

2013

Adam Scott

Australia

9 under

Playoff

2012

Bubba Watson

United States

10 under

Playoff

2011

Charl Schwartzel

South Africa

14 under

2 shots

2010

Phil Mickelson

United States

16 under

3 shots

2009

Angel Cabrera

Argentina

12 under

Playoff

2008

Trevor Immelman

South Africa

8 under

3 shots

2007

Zach Johnson

United States

1 over

2 shots

2006

Phil Mickelson

United States

7 under

2 shots

2005

Tiger Woods

United States

12 under

Playoff

2004

Phil Mickelson

United States

9 under

1 shot

2003

Mike Weir

Canada

7 under

Playoff

2002

Tiger Woods

United States

12 under

3 shots

2001

Tiger Woods

United States

16 under

2 shots

2000

Vijay Singh

Fiji

10 under

3 shots

1999

Jose Maria Olazabal

Spain

8 under

2 shots

1998

Mark O’Meara

United States

9 under

1 shot

1998 To 2017 Trends

There have been three multiple champions: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson. 

Most wins – Tiger Woods 

Last multiple winner – Bubba Watson (2012 and 2014).

15 different players have won the tournament. 

Winning Nation: 

United States – 11

Spain – 2

Other – 7 

Winning Continent: 

North America – 12

Europe – 3

Other - 5 

Highest winning score – 18 under

Lowest winning score – 1 over

Average winning score – 10 under 

Highest winning margin – 4 shots

Lowest winning margin - Playoff

Average winning margin – 1..4 shots 

Winning favourites – 5 

Back-to back wins – Tiger Woods (2001 and 2002) 

Winning first major – 10 

Only one major winner – 6 

TRENDS TIP: Justin Rose from England and Europe to win the 2018 US Masters with a score of 10 under and winning margin of 2 shots: 14/1 with William Hill.

How to use your US Masters free bets bet

As mentioned there can be plenty of value to be had by picking an unexpected winner at the Masters with many of the recent champions in Augusta certainly coming in that category. Very quickly after the immediate favourites do players reach prices of 28/1, 33/1 and upwards so it can be an ideal tournament to use your free bets on in a risk free environment.

Once you have made your pick, head over to your bookmaker of choice by clicking on any of the links on the right hand side of this page, register and follow the instructions for gaining your free bet.

Each bookie will have different terms and conditions on their free bet offers; these are either found on their page here at FREEbets.org.uk or on their website themselves.

Cash in your free US Masters bet by selecting the odds you want to back and placing the bet on the bet slip, it could not be simpler.

What should I use my US Masters free bet on?

Odds generally in golf tournaments are generous as there are so many potential winners which means you don’t have to spend much time identifying attractive prices. This is the case with the US Masters so there are plenty of each-way betting opportunities.

The standard bookmaker place terms for the Masters and most regular tournaments is one quarter the odds for a player to finish in the top five. So beating the bookies during the Masters is perfectly feasible.

Some of the popular Masters bets are related to the nationalities of players. You can bet on the nationality of the winner or the player to finish highest from a certain nationality. Backing an Australian winner gives a decent spread of bets, including Jason Day and Adam Scott. The market to be the Top Englishman is always interesting and will be even more so this year after Danny Willett's victory in 2016.

The market called “New Major Winner?” looks intriguing  as in the past “Yes” has been odds-on whilst “No” is has been available at evens.

There will be a wide range of markets for the first major championship of the season. It is best to keep checking this page at FREEbets.org.uk during the build up to one the biggest events in the golfing year.

Markets on which you can use your free bet on the US Masters include:

  • Winning nationality
  • Overall winner
  • Top 5 finish
  • Top American
  • Top Australian
  • Top Englishman
  • Play-Off
  • Top Amateur

Gimme a short history of the US Masters...

The tournament is always held at the world famous Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. It is one of the most prestigious prizes in the game and this year the event takes place for the 80th time from April 7th to 10th. The Masters is the first of the four majors but the only one played on the same course every year. The US Open, Open Championship and US PGA Championship are played on a number of courses in rotation but the Masters is always played at Augusta.

Since 1949, a green jacket has been awarded to the champion, who must return it to the clubhouse one year after their victory. In most instances, the green jacket is only removed from the club grounds by a first-time champion.

A golfer who wins the event multiple times uses the same green jacket awarded upon his initial win (unless he needs to be re-fitted with a new jacket).

The Champions Dinner, inaugurated by Ben Hogan in 1952, is held on the Tuesday before each tournament, and is open only to past champions and certain board members of the Augusta National Golf Club. Beginning in 1963, legendary golfers, usually past champions, have hit an honorary tee shot on the morning of the first round to commence play.

These have included Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchinson, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player. Since 1960, a semi-social contest at the par-3 course has been played on Wednesday, the day before the first round.

Who has won the Green Jacket in the past?

All the greats of the game have won the US Masters. Multiple winners include Jack Nicklaus (six times), Gary Player (twice), Arnold Palmer (four times) and Tiger Woods (four times). However over the last few years some less expected names have been presented with the Green Jacket. 

Since 2008 players such as Trevor Immelman, Charl Schwartzel and Bubba Watson have won the Masters. At the times they were all great players but not potential multiple major winners though Bubba has now won the event twice.

In recent years European players do not have an outstanding record in the Masters with just three winners from the continent in the past 20 years. However, will Sergio Garcia's success last year provide a springboard for further success?

Players born in the United States have won 59 times covering a group of 36 players. South Africans are second in the list with five wins and only one Australian, Adam Scott in 2013, has won the Masters. There are 17 multiple champions including nine players who have won two US Masters. Since 1983 13 Masters champions have been former winners, including Bubba Watson who won the event in 2012 and 2014.

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