Best US Masters Bookie Offers

US Masters 2013 Best Bookie Offers

US Masters Best Bookie Offers

Golf isn't something we normally cover here on Geegeez, but then the US Masters isn't a 'normal' golf tournament. The Masters is famed for the slick greens of Augusta National, where the tournament is played.

And, this year, there are some pretty tasty bookmaker concessions to get stuck in to. Before I share those, here's my view on who might be worth backing (for what it's worth: note that, whilst I used to take a keen interest, I'm somewhat out of the loop this season).

The first thing to say is that the key attributes needed are tee to green accuracy, short game and putting strength. Basically, you need to get it on the green in regulation; you need to be able to get it back on the green when your brilliant approach rolls off; and, you need to putt with steely resolve.

Obviously, historical form here is a very handy pointer to those who can match that skillset, and the best players over the last four years have been (2009 first, through to 2012; T = tied for that position) :

Tiger Woods (T6-T4-T4-T40)
Phil Mickelson (5-1-T27-T3)
Angel Cabrera (1-T18-7-T32)
Lee Westwood (43-2-T11-T3)

And the best tee-to-greeners on the PGA Tour this season have been:

1 3 Haas, Bill 31 72.96 394 540 -0.26
2 4 Snedeker, Brandt 23 72.95 302 414 -0.35
3 5 Cantlay, Patrick 17 72.55 222 306 -0.23
4 6 DeLaet, Graham 36 72.38 469 648 -0.24
5 10 Stadler, Kevin 32 71.35 411 576 -0.32
6 11 Watson, Bubba 20 71.24 218 306 -0.3
7 28 Palmer, Ryan 31 70.97 396 558 -0.28
8 16 Watney, Nick 32 70.93 383 540 -0.21
9 13 Hicks, Justin 34 70.92 434 612 -0.24
9 17 Weekley, Boo 34 70.92 434 612 -0.27


The best short gamers (making par or better when missing the green in regulation) on the PGA Tour this season have been:

1 2 McDowell, Graeme 18 74.49 73 98
2 3 Snedeker, Brandt 23 71.43 80 112
3 4 Howell III, Charles 36 69.74 136 195
4 17 Estes, Bob 30 68.31 125 183
5 5 Jacobson, Freddie 25 68.21 103 151
6 16 Kuchar, Matt 33 67.46 114 169
7 9 Poulter, Ian 21 67.29 72 107
8 10 Fowler, Rickie 22 66.91 91 136
9 18 Choi, K.J. 29 66.87 109 163
10 11 Kirk, Chris 31 66.84 131 196


The best putters on the PGA Tour this season have been:

1 1 Gay, Brian 30 1.504 812 540
2 2 Na, Kevin 18 1.509 489 324
3 3 Weir, Mike 23 1.51 625 414
4 4 Chalmers, Greg 30 1.519 820 540
5 999 Hanson, Peter 17 1.522 411 270
6 9 Baddeley, Aaron 32 1.524 878 576
7 5 Kirk, Chris 31 1.525 851 558
8 8 Wi, Charlie 32 1.53 881 576
9 6 Jacobson, Freddie 25 1.533 607 396
10 9 Woods, Tiger 17 1.538 443 288
11 11 McDowell, Graeme 18 1.548 390 252
12 13 Ames, Stephen 20 1.553 559 360
12 13 Fowler, Rickie 22 1.553 587 378
14 15 Molder, Bryce 34 1.556 952 612
14 29 Poulter, Ian 21 1.556 420 270
16 16 Kuchar, Matt 33 1.562 759 486
17 19 Bowditch, Steven 29 1.563 816 522
17 17 Klauk, Jeff 21 1.563 591 378
19 18 Howell III, Charles 36 1.565 958 612
20 20 Snedeker, Brandt 23 1.568 649 414

I've included twenty putters because this is SUPER important here.

The fellow with the best credentials on these three scores, is Brandt Snedeker, who is currently ranked #2 for Greens in Regulation; #2 for scrambling (i.e. when he misses a green in regulation); and #20 for putting.

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If his fitness can hold together, he might be very interesting at 40/1.

Others to appear in both of the related tables of putting and scrambling are Graeme McDowell (66/1), Charles Howell (not playing), Freddie Jacobson (125/1), Matt Kuchar (40/1), Ian Poulter (50/1), Rickie Fowler (50/1), and Chris Kirk (not playing).

Putting all this together, I'm against Tiger Woods (hasn't won since 2005), and Rory McIlroy (though he was tied second last week).

Phil Mickelson seems sure to go close again. 'Lefty' has had three top five finishes in the last four years, and recorded top ten finishes in all bar two Masters since 2001 (including winning three times).

He's 12/1 with five place bookies and 11/1 with six place bookies.

Lee Westwood has been playing solidly if not spectacularly this season, and he ought to again go well this time. 28/1 with sportingbet and Paddy Power (both paying six places on each way bets) looks fair.

Then I'm asking for bigger prices.

I love Angel Cabrera, and always have. He's getting a bit long in the tooth now, but might still have a last day (or four) in the sun. He goes well here - winner in 2009 and 7th in 2011 - and he's been in reasonable form, and improved to a tied 16th finish in his last event. He's 125/1 with Stan James, five places.

Brandt Snedeker is the stat pick. He drives accurately, scrambles well and putts brilliantly (despite what the stats might show for this season). He's also been in blinding form. But... recently he's taken time out to recover from an injury, and his game the last two weeks has been well below previous levels.

He's a player seriously on the up (still only 33), and I reckon he's a massive player here at 40/1, IF his rib cage holds up.

And that's my four off the tee:

Brandt Snedeker - 1 pt each way (40/1 Stan James 1/4 1-2-3-4-5)
Phil Mickelson - 1pt win, 1/2 pt place (12/1 Stan James 1/4 1-2-3-4-5)
Lee Westwood - 1/2 pt each way (28/1 PP 1/4 1-2-3-4-5-6)
Angel Cabrera - 1/4 pt each way (125/1 Stan James, William Hill 1/4 1-2-3-4-5)

Total stakes: 5 pts


Best US Masters 2013 Bookmaker Offers

As with most major sporting events, the bookies are scrambling for your business, and you should play them to your advantage. Here is my pick of the bookie offers on this year's Masters.

These offers are all open to new and existing customers, and of course each bookmaker will sweeten the deal with some sort of free bet offer if you're a newcomer to their site.

Ladbrokes are breaking from tradition and making a standout offer! They'll refund your stake as a free bet if a UK or Irish player wins the US Masters. That's pretty fair, in my view.

BetVictor will return your stakes - up to £50 - if either Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy wins. Given that they're the first two in the betting, that's pretty good. But do be careful that they're the best price about your selection. I mean, there's no point in getting what equates to a 30p rule 4 deduction but still being paid out short!

Stan James are guaranteeing to be best price (or joint best) on any player up until tee off time on Thursday. They're paying five places, which means the only reason to bet elsewhere would be if you can get six places and the same or better price.

Paddy Power are paying six places. That's a pretty good reason to bet there if they're top price on your fancy.

Sportingbet are also paying six places. If they're top price your fancy, back him here!



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7 replies
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    Mark J says:

    Great stuff Matt; thank you for this – can’t wait for the Masters! Don’t rule out Bradley or, at huge odds, Haas. Poulter is pumped up for this as ever and Rose must be there or thereabouts soon. I’ve gone ew on Rose, Scott, Poulter, Snedeker, Bradley, Dufner & Haas.
    Mark J

    PS Good to see SOTD scoring again!
    PPS Whilst I’m banging on, I have to say that the inform racing system is the best thing I’ve come across for picking winners….have doubled my bank over past 12 months thanks to it – highly recommended to all your followers and thank you for highlighting it when you did.

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    Josh W says:

    hi Mark/Matt,

    is there a link to this in form system you could post up, sounds interesting, and dare say something i missed 12 months ago!


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      Mark J says:

      Hi Josh. Just put Informracing into google and you’ll find it – have a good look at the homepage which gives all the info you need. You get speed ratings posted for each day’s races with all sorts of other information there too. It’s not rocket science and once you get the hang of the tables, you’re up and running. I have genuinely doubled my bank over 12 months thanks to Inform Racing and highly recommend it. There is a charge, of course, but my winnings have covered this (about £90 pa) many times over! For example, I picked a reverse forecast from the ratings two days ago and for a modest £2 ew banked £124!! Good luck! Mark J

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    Josh W says:

    thanks for this mark. i have had a look through and it looks an incredible resource, and look to be reasonably priced, something i will definitely think about, cheers.

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    Bob Smith (@RobertS00994664) says:

    Hi Matt – t/y for this posting. As you say, just like the G.N. Augusta provides “horses for courses”. Had £2 e.w. on the South African (forgotten his name) some years back when he won @ 125/1 – no real luck since then. Goes to prove good golfers (6 h’cap) can’t spot winners. My 2 x against the field : Justin Rose (got to win a Major soon) and “Leftie” if anyone was made for Augusta, Mickelson is !

    Still, as I said, what do I know – thanks for the informed advise.

    Many Thanks

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    Bob Smith (@RobertS00994664) says:

    Name of the South African was Trevor Immelman – going well again now after injury & illness still available @ 66/1

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    Bob Smith (@RobertS00994664) says:

    That was soooooo close to a wonderful win for Cabrera, great winning putt by Adam Scott though. Snedeker sneeked into the money also, if you did w/o Tiger Woods.

    Got my money back but could have been stellar if the chip on 1st extra hole had gone in.

    Great picks Matt – p.s. my 2 x against the field ended =25th & =54th

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