US MASTERS PREVIEW
The golf world is a very different place from the last time we visited Augusta 12 months ago but the excitement remains the same as we get ready to go down Magnolia Lane and the famed Augusta National Golf Club for the most beloved and lauded golf tournament of the year. Scottie Scheffler will look to defend his crown with Rory McIroy and Jon Rahm his biggest challengers, at least in terms of betting. We will also see the LIV golf contingent headed by Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson, a rare opportunity to see all the best golfers in the world in one spot, in one tournament and with one winner.
AUGUSTA NATIONAL – COURSE OVERVIEW
There is no more pristine, immaculate, iconic 18 holes in golf than those at Augusta, an altar that is as revered as it is idolised. Designed by the legendary Bobby Jones, Augusta is the home to such iconic features as Amen Corner, Rae’s Creek, Butler Cabin, Ike’s Pond and The Big Oak Tree.
Off the tee, distance is far more important than accuracy. It plays even longer than its yardage book by the way it is cut. The course has been lengthened and narrowed over the last two decades but wayward drives are not always punished with such an established and pristine course.
Performance off the tee though is not nearly as important as iron play. Augusta is a second-shot course where experience and precision are key.
The greens at Augusta are some of the toughest in world golf, fast and hard to read, and performance with the flat stick is important but the toughness really brings the star putters back to the field making it a less important statistical angle. A far more important guide is form around the green with an ability to scramble essential.
The most important statistics to follow on the course are:
• Greens In Regulation
• Strokes Gained: Approach
• Strokes Gained: Tee To Green
• Par 4 Birdie or Better
• Putting Average
• Strokes Gained: Putting
• Par 5 Performance
• Bogey Avoidance
Jon Rahm – The Spaniard has played six Masters and finished Top 9 in four of them with his worst finish 27th. A tremendous approach player – he ranks 3rd in GIR and 4th in Strokes Gained: Approach – he is also an elite putter with distance off the tee and an ability to score on the Par 5s.
Will Zalatoris – Started here twice and has two Top 6 finishes so Augusta clearly fits his eye and his game. Two Top 15 finishes at Riviera the last three years attests to this being a course that works for the young star.
Tony Finau – Of players who have played at least five events here and are teeing it up in 2023, Finau has the fifth lowest scoring average at 71.20. He has three Top 10s in his five starts. Ranks third in Strokes Gained: Approach, 9th in Putting Average and 7th in Par 5 Scoring, a good stats mix for Augusta.
Tom Kim – The young star makes his debut at Augusta this year but it is a course that should suit. Augusta rewards scramblers and good iron players and Kim ranks highly in both those categories.
BEST BET | BACK
Jon Rahm at $13.00+
Rahm has yet to win at Augusta but that is about all he hasn’t done there. He is one of two players to tee it up who have played at least four Masters and have an average score of sub-71. He won the Genesis this year while he ranks Top 12 in 10 of the 11 key categories. It is hard to see him not having a tremendous tournament.
NEXT BEST BET | BACK
Patrick Cantlay at $19.00+
Cantlay is an elite-level non-major winner who sneaks under the radar but demands attention with his game. The key stat over the last decade has been Par 4 Birdie or Better and Cantlay leads that category this year. He also leads Par 5 Scoring. Huge chance.
VALUE BET | BACK
Tyrell Hatton at $41.00+
Englishman Tyrell Hatton ticks a lot of boxes. He has the requisite Masters experience and prior form while he is in good enough nick and is a Top 30 player in the world. Great iron game and wonderful with the flat stick, Hatton can absolutely get it done.
BEST BET | LAY
Justin Thomas at < $31.00
Thomas won his second major last year when he claimed the PGA Championship but Augusta has not been a course that has delivered. He has finished Top 22 in six straight but has rarely contended. He is in fairly indifferent form so hard to see him turning it around.
BEST BET | IN-PLAY TRADE
BACK-TO-LAY: Tony Finau at $31.00+
Tony Finau has historically been a very fast starter at Augusta. He ranks 2nd in first round strokes gained amongst those in the field this year. He has also developed a reputation as a non-winner. He loves Augusta but probably does not have the mental fortitude to don the green jacket.
BEST BET | PROP BET
Justin Rose – 1st Round Leader at $61.00+
Justin Rose is the fastest starter in the field. He leads the field in strokes gained in the opening round at Augusta – ahead of Tiger Woods – and he ranks sixth in strokes gained in Round 1 on long courses. He ranks 36th in strokes gained Round 1 in the field.
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Course Overview: Hole Lengths, Index, Number of Par-3/4/5s
Augusta National Golf Club is known for its beautiful and challenging course. The US Masters is played on a par-72 course that measures 7,545 yards in length. The course has a unique layout, with four par-3 holes, four par-5 holes, and ten par-4 holes. The course also has a challenging set of greens that are fast and undulating, making it difficult for golfers to execute accurate shots. The signature hole of the Masters is the 12th hole, a par-3 that measures only 155 yards but has caused many golfers to lose their chance at winning the Major Championship.
Tournament Structure: Field Size, Cuts, Qualification
The US Masters is a highly competitive Major, with only the best golfers in the world competing. The field size is limited to 88 players, with a cut after 36 holes that reduces the field to the top 50 players, plus ties. The tournament is open to all professional golfers and amateur golfers with a handicap of 2.4 or lower. The reigning champion, the top 50 players in the world rankings, and winners of other major tournaments are automatically qualified. Other golfers must qualify through the PGA Tour, European Tour, or other recognized tours.
Event History: Records, Past Winners, and Key Moments
The US Masters has a rich history, with many memorable moments and legendary golfers. Some of the most famous records in the tournament include Jack Nicklaus’ six victories and Tiger Woods’ record-setting score of 18 under par in 1997. The tournament has also seen many dramatic moments, including Phil Mickelson’s incredible shot from behind a tree on the 13th hole in 2010. Some of the past winners include Arnold Palmer, Gary Player, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Sam Snead, among others.
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