Our Coral Tips for Which Golfer Will Be Wearing the Green Jacket on Sunday
Later today, the 2018 Masters Tournament gets underway at Augusta National in Georgia, United States and the cream of world golf will be present to try and follow Sergio Garcia into the history books as the newly crowned Masters Champion. Along with the trophy (and almost $2m in prize money), the winner will also earn the coveted Green Jacket and be the host of next year’s Champions Dinner.
So, which out of the current crop of golfing talent playing this weekend at Augusta will stand the best chance of landing this incredible prize?
What we have done is trawled through the best prices currently available with Coral Sport (and if you haven’t joined, then take a look at the Coral Sport New Player Bonus offer currently available to get you started) and come up with our tips. We will bring you those a little later, after we have brought you details of the history of the tournament, its past winners, multiple winners and much more.
The Masters – A Brief History
The first Masters tournament took place in 1934 and was won by Horton Smith (the first of his two victories in the event, the second coming in 1936). In those opening years up until 1961, the event was dominated by US-born players with every winner hailing from home soil. Some of the biggest names of that era including Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret, Byron Nelson and Arnold Palmer were multiple winners during this time.
In 1961, the first player from outside the US won the tournament, Gary Player and he would be the only player to break the US dominance of the event, winning twice more in 1974 and 1978.
In 1980, a young Spaniard named Seve Ballesteros won his first Masters with his second following three years layer. Those wins paved the way for more success for international players in the event with Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Nick Faldo, Vijay Singh, Jose Maria Olazabal and Ian Woosnam all winning the event in the next few years.
In 1997, Tiger Woods won his first Masters with a record score to par of 18-under (a feat that would be matched in 2015 by Justin Spieth). Woods won the event a total of four times (1997, 2001, 2002 and 2005) and another American legend, Phil Mickelson also won it three times in the 2000s, winning in 2004, 2006 and 2010.
More recently Bubba Watson (in 2012 and 2014), Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzl, Jordan Spieth and Danny Willett have also landed the Green Jacket with the most recent winner being Sergio Garcia, who defeated Justin Rose in last year’s playoff to earn his first Major victory.
Masters Champions since 2000
- 2000 – Vijay Singh (Fiji) – 10-under
- 2001 – Tiger Woods (US) – 16-under
- 2002 – Tiger Woods (US) – 12-under
- 2003 – Mike Weir (Can) – 7-under
- 2004 – Phil Mickelson (US) – 9-under
- 2005 – Tiger Woods (US) – 12-under
- 2006 – Phil Mickelson (US) – 7-under
- 2007 – Zach Johnson (US) – 1-over
- 2008 – Trevor Immelman (SA) – 8-under
- 2009 – Angel Cabrera (Arg) – 12-under
- 2010 – Phil Mickelson (US) – 16-under
- 2011 – Charl Schwartzl (SA) – 14-under
- 2012 – Bubba Watson (US) – 10-under
- 2013 – Adam Scott (Aus) – 9-under
- 2014 – Bubba Watson (US) – 8-under
- 2015 – Jordan Spieth (US) – 18-under
- 2016 – Danny Willett (Eng) – 5-under
- 2017 – Sergio Garcia (Spa) – 9-under
Most Masters Victories in their Career
- Jack Nicklaus – 6 (1963, 1965, 1966, 1972, 1975, 1986)
- Arnold Palmer – 4 (1958, 1960, 1962, 1964)
- Tiger Woods – 4 (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
- Jimmy Demaret – 3 (1940, 1947, 1950)
- Sam Snead – 3 (1949, 1952, 1954)
- Gary Player – 3 (1961, 1974, 1978)
- Nick Faldo – 3 (1989, 1990, 1996)
- Phil Mickelson – 3 (2004, 2006, 2010)
Augusta National – The Card
The 18-holes at Augusta present some of the most difficult tests of golf in the season for players. The greens are famous for their difficulty, while Amen Corner (10th – 12th holes) has often seen some of the most dramatic moments in the tournament’s history. The course has been renovated extensively in the past to ensure it remains a tough test for golfers at the highest level, and there are plans to extend the fifth hole in time for the 2019 tournament. The card as it stands is as follows with each hole named after a shrub or tree that form part of the ambiance of the course.
- Tea Olive – 445 Yards – Par 4
- Pink Dogwood – 575 Yards – Par 5
- Flowering Peach – 350 Yards – Par 4
- Flowering Crab Apple – 240 Yards – Par 3
- Magnolia – 455 Yards – Par 4
- Juniper – 180 Yards – Par 3
- Pampas – 450 Yards – Par 4
- Yellow Jasmine – 570 Yards – Par 5
- Carolina Cherry – 460 Yards – Par 4
Out 3,725 Yards (Par 36)
- Camellia – 495 Yards – Par 4
- White Dogwood – 505 Yards – Par 4
- Golden Bell – 155 Yards – Par 3
- Azalea – 510 Yards – Par 5
- Chinese Fir – 440 Yards – Par 4
- Firethorn – 530 Yards – Par 5
- Redbud – 170 Yards – Par 3
- Nandinha – 440 Yards – Par 4
- Holly – 465 Yards – Par 4
In 3710 Yards (Par 36)
Total 7435 Yards (Par 72)
Course Record – 63 by Nick Price (1986) and Greg Norman (1996)
Our Top Tips for The Masters 2018 Champion
Picking a winner for The Masters in any year is never easy but 2018 promises to be an especially tough year with so many players hitting top form at seemingly the perfect time with the first Major of the year looking on the horizon.
I’ve narrowed my choice down to three players and the first of these is a player who has finished runner up in two of the last three years, Englishman Justin Rose (16/1 with Coral Sport). Rose is in solid form heading into this event having enjoyed a superb end to the 2017 season and a solid start in 2018. He is certainly due a win and is also a previous US Open champion, so he knows how to get things done on US soil.
Next up is the man you cannot ignore, Tiger Woods (11/1 with Coral). Since returning from injury, Woods has been looking almost back to his brilliant best with some solid performances in tournaments leading into this first Major of 2018. That win hasn’t quite come as yet, but Woods skills are such that he is just the player to raise himself into another gear for a Major that he last won almost 13 years ago now.
My final pick is another player who has a great record at the Masters and that is Rickie Fowler (20/1 with Coral). Fowler has finished 5th, 12th and 11th in three of the last four Masters, missing the cut in 2016. He has been so close so many times in big tournaments (especially in 2014, where he was top five or better in all of the four Majors that year) and he certainly has the talent and temperament to land a Major sooner rather than later.
Our top Each Way bets for The Masters 2018
I much prefer each-way bets when betting on golf as picking a winner from such a strong and deep field can be very difficult, but picking a player to finish in the top five, six or seven is much easier (especially as ties also count).
There are some fantastic value each way options with Coral for The Masters this year and I have outlined just four of my picks from the field below:
- Henrik Stenson – 40/1 with Coral
- Tyrell Hatton – 50/1 with Coral
- Brooks Koepka – 80/1 with Coral
- Ryan Moore – 125/1 with Coral.