Every single sports betting fan is looking for an edge when it comes to finding ways to make a profit betting on golf. The major tournaments continue to draw the most attention from a betting perspective, so we took the time to break down some intriguing trends to consider for the most popular of the four major tournaments. Here is a look at the top 10 Masters betting trends.
The par-3 contest was first introduced in 1960 and is traditionally played on the Wednesday before the Masters starts. It might seem irrelevant until you consider that no par-3 contest winner has also won the Masters in the same year.
It is also worth considering that only one rookie has ever won the Masters – American Fuzzy Zoeller back in 1979. Course knowledge and a veteran set of nerves are both important factors at the Masters so it definitely makes sense to avoid the rookies from a sports betting perspective.
Bet Against The Back-To-Back
Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo are the only three players in history to successfully defend their Masters title dating back to 1934. Danny Willett likely won’t be among the favorites to repeat in 2017 but you might want to avoid him even if you feel there is decent value betting on him to win again.
Beware The Early Leaders
Only four golfers in the history of the Masters tournament have led all four rounds and gone on to win. Ray Floyd was the last golfer to accomplish that feat back in 1976, when he joined Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Craig Wood on the list of golfers to lead all four rounds on the way to victory.
Since the 2000 Masters, every single eventual tournament winner made the cut at the event in the previous year. It might seem like an odd trend, but it is worth considering with familiarity factoring in to the equation for Masters winners.
The Masters has gone to a playoff on 15 different occasions, including most recently in 2013 when Adam Scott beat Angel Cabrera. The fact that the Masters was decided in a playoff in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013 is definitely notable.
Danny Willett finally broke the trend when he became the first Masters winner from the other side of the Atlantic since Jose Maria Olazabal won it in 1999. The previous 16 winners included 10 Americans, two South Africans, one Argentinian, one Canadian and of course, Vijay Singh of Fiji.
Age Is More Than A Number
Jordan Spieth is the only Masters winner since 2000 not to be between the age of 25-39. Spieth was 22 when he won the Masters in 2015, but age is definitely worth giving some consideration even with the one exception to the rule.
40 Is The Limit
Jack Nicklaus is the oldest Masters winner ever – he won the major tournament in 1986 when he was 46-years-old. However, a lot has changed since then and as the above trend indicates, the Masters is not an easy tournament to win for those no longer in their prime.
12 is the biggest winning margin at the Masters but there are plenty of examples of close calls including the playoff finishes. Tiger Woods won this event by 12 strokes back in 1997 but it’s unrealistic to expect many double-digit victories when every Masters since then has been decided by four strokes or less including five playoffs.