The 2017 Masters takes place between the 6th and 9th of April at Augusta National Golf Club.
The Masters is one of the main highlights of the golfing calendar, and is an invitation only tournament. The format for the tournament is that there are four rounds of golf. After two rounds, a cut is formed, and in order to progress, you either need to be in the top 50 or within ten strokes of the leader. If after the four rounds, there isn’t a winner, then sudden death occurs until a player wins.
The tournament is possibly most famous for the green jackets. They’re awarded to the champion, who after one year must return it to the clubhouse. It remains their personal property, but it is there where it must remain. There are some other decent perks to winning The Masters, one of which is the guarantee of an invite for the other majors for the next five years, plus an invite to play The Masters for the rest of their career.
That means that Danny Willett will be returning his jacket after winning it last year. It was a shock win, as Jordan Spieth had a ten shot lead at the 10th in the final round, however he fell apart, dropping six shots in three holes. It was only his second time at Augusta, and although he did win last year, bookmakers don’t fancy him to repeat his success, as you are able to back him at 71.00.
Spieth will be looking to maintain his head this year, and is favoured heavily by the bookmakers.
How the Field is Formed for The 2017 Masters
The Masters is an invite only event. There are 18 categories which enables a player to be invited, and should they qualify through multiple categories, they’ll be put into the highest ranking category. Here are the 20 categories that have formed the 2017 Masters field.
- All past Masters Tournament Champions
- Winners of the last five U.S. Open champions
- Winners of the last five Open champions
- Winners of the last five PGA champions
- Winners of the last three Players Championships
- Winner of the 2016 Olympic tournament
- Current U.S. Amateur champion and runner-up
- Current British Amateur champion
- Current Asia-Pacific Amateur champion
- Current U.S. Mid-Amateur champion
- Current Latin America Amateur champion
- The first 12 players, (inc ties), in the 2016 Masters Tournament
- The first 4 players, (inc ties), in the 2016 U.S. Open
- The first 4 players, (inc ties), in the 2016 Open Championship
- The first 4 players, (inc ties), in the 2016 PGA Championship
- Winners of PGA Tour events that award a full-point allocation for the FedEx Cup, between the 2016 Masters Tournament and the 2017 Masters Tournament
- All players qualifying for the 2016 edition of the Tour Championship
- Top 50 on the final 2016 Official World Golf Ranking list
- Top 50 on the Official World Golf Ranking list on March 27th 2017
- Any other invitees
Where to Watch The 2017 Masters Live
Coverage of the Masters is held by both the BBC and Sky Sports in the UK.
The BBC has some additional preview shows. You can catch their ‘Tiger Woods special and Masters preview’ at 9pm on Wed 29th March.
2017 Masters Betting Odds
The price varies according to the bookmaker, but generally across the board bookmakers fancy Spieth or Johnson as the favourites for the tournament. These odds are provided by 10Bet and accurate of time at publishing:
- Jordan Spieth 7.00
- Dustin Johnson 7.00
- Rory McIlroy 8.00
- Jason Day 15.00
- Hideki Matsuyama 17.00
- Adam Scott 23.00
- Jon Rahm 23.00
- Justin Thomas 26.00
- Henrik Stenson 26.00
- Justin Rose 26.00
2017 Masters Betting Offers
There are quite a few offers available for The Masters, with improved terms versus recent tournaments on the PGA tour.
- Boylesports – Boylesports are paying six places at The Masters, and if your player doesn’t win, but finishes 2nd, 3rd or 4th, then they will give money back as a free bet.
- PaddyPower – Paddy Power are paying out a very good eight places on each-way bets.
- Winner – Similar to the Boylesports offer, but not as good. If your player finishes 2nd or 3rd, you will receive money back as a free bet.