It's time to start shopping for Masters odds
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It’s time to start shopping for Masters odds

Skins, sides, strokes and presses are all common terms heard on the golf course. Golf may seem like a squeaky-clean sport, but golfers like a little wagering action much like everyone else. When a group of guys get together for a weekend round of golf, a few little wagers and side wagers only make things a little more interesting. The reality is more than a few golf clubs have found a water hazard because the action was too much to bear. If you want to bet on golf, but don’t trust your own skill set, how about betting on the pros?

Throughout Europe, golf wagering has gained in popularity with European golf enthusiasts over the years. It would be true to say the same about Americans, but wagering on the Internet is illegal there, right?

Here we are in the middle of January and leaving nothing to chance, many of Europe’s top online bookmakers are already posting odds for the 2018 Masters to be played at Augusta National from April 5-8, 2018. With more than two months remaining until this year’s first Grand Slam event, there’s plenty of time to handicap the field. Start shopping now and you might land a few free betting offers.

Keeping in mind that most sports books will offer odds on each golfer to win the tournament, you might also be interested in the daily one-on-one matchups that will be provided at the beginning of each day. With that said, the focus of this writing will be on selecting a golfer to win the tournament outright.

When it comes to the majors, there’s two betting approaches that often prove to be fruitful. The first relates to selecting golfers who are hot going into the tournament. With this approach, you’ll want to wait until closer to the start of the tournament. By then, the betting value of the hottest golfers will have diminished because of betting demand.

The best value you can find now would be to wager on golfers that have done particularly well in the majors and specifically at Augusta. To begin with, you might want to spread your money and place a wager on several players. Selecting one is like finding a needle in a haystack, especially when parity is so prevalent.

Looking at the current odds board, there are several compelling options. At 6-1 odds, Jordan Spieth would be a terrific defensive bet, given his prowess in major events. There are four players who look to be offering great value based on history. Tiger Woods has missed the better part of the last three years due to health and personal issues. There’s a chance he might still have some championship golf left in him if healthy. His history at Augusta is legendary. Swing away at 20-1 odds. Others to consider based on history include Sergio Garcia at 25-1, Justin Rose at 16-1, Bubba Watson at a whopping 50-1 and Adam Scott at 28-1. Add a play on the tour’s hottest player and you’ll have a representative chance of scoring on this year’s Masters.

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