The 9th hole on the par-3 course at the Augusta National Golf Club licensed CCA 2.0 Generic
The first Golf major of the season is due to start this Thursday and looking at the weather forecast it looks like it is going to be a testing one.
The Masters is the first of the 4 yearly majors and takes place on arguably the most famous Golf course in the world, Augusta in Georgia, it is the only major that is played on the same course every single year.
Augusta National Golf Course was established in 1933 and has hosted the Masters since 1934. The course is a former plant nursery and every hole is names after a plant or shrub.
The course is played to a 72 par handicap (36 out and 36 in) and is most famous for holes 11,12 and 13 which is nicknamed amen corner because of its difficulty.
Every member of the club is awarded with a Green jacket and this is the same that is awarded to the winner of the masters every year. The jacket is presented to the winner by the previous winner.
The competition has had many highlights throughout the years but my favourite memory happened 12 years ago on the 16th hole, on the final round Tiger woods was leading the tournament but his lead was dwindling and he was being caught. On the tee to the par 3 16th he played a shot that went right through the green and left him in an extremely difficult position that was near impossible to get close from. Tiger chipped the ball in a complete opposite direction to the hole aiming for the ridge of the hill, the ball caught the hill and turned a full 90 degrees and began rolling slowly towards the hole. As it got closer and closer the ball was slowing down and the crown was beginning to hit fever pitch, then right on the edge of the hole the ball stopped for what seamed and eternity then dropped in the hole. The crowd went wild and Tiger went on to lift the crown.
Last years competition was a fantastic battle that saw Englishman Danny Willet pull 3 shots clear of defending Champion Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood to lift the jug and don the green jacket.
This years betting looks as close as ever, with long hitting American Dustin Johnson heading the outright market @ 7/1 with Stan James. Other players of interest may be last years champion Danny Willet is a 135/1 chance with Stan James. Former winner and last years runner up Jordan Spieth is @ 9/1 with a few companies including Ladbrokes. Rory McIlroy is also a 9/1 shot with 188Bet. Fan Favourite Phil Michelson is a 33/1 shot with a couple including Ladbrokes.
Please be aware that different bookies will be offering better place terms but less places and others more places but less terms so do your shopping around to find the best value for you.
There is plenty of other betting opportunities available such as 3 ball betting, match betting, top European, top American etc etc so plenty for you to get involved in.
Although I am not the most successful punter when it comes to betting on golf I will let you know a couple of my bets anyway:
Rory McIlroy @ 9/1
Paul Casey @ 5/1
Whether you are betting or just watching the Masters it is sure to be another epic tournament.