THE Masters betting used to be about who would finish second to Tiger Woods.
Online bookmakers used to have a field day, handing out any number of free bets on anyone brave enough to enter golf betting markets.
Events in 2010 changed all that and ahead of the first major of 2011, there is no sign yet Woods is about to return the winner’s circle.
For the first time in the longest time, Woods is not defending any of the major crowns in 2011 which highlights how dramatic his fall from grace has been.
The Masters tournament betting may yet make the American an early favourite, but Woods’ results in 2011 have shown the reason for his slide down the world standings. Although he has already secured his place in the history books, the odds on Woods snapping his losing streak are growing by the week.
Phil Mickelson won the tournament in 2010 with a mix of brilliance and outrageous fortune and will again feature prominently in The Masters betting.
But past results have shown Augusta National is a course which demands consistency of play and knowledge which can only be accumulated over the years, meaning a rush of new players taking part should largely be ignored in live Masters betting.
UK-based internet bettors looking for value from their online masters betting would do well to study the form of the leading European players.
World number one Lee Westwood is due a major win and will feature heavily in the Masters golf tournament betting tips. He knows how to score at Augusta National and will be a major threat to home hopes.
As one sports writer said: “Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer have shown Europeans can win majors in America, and Masters tournament betting promises to have a distinctive European feel to it this year.
“The likes of Woods have been fixtures at the top of the standings for many years, but results in recent fixtures have shown why he and Mickelson are no longer considered favourites for every tournament they enter.
“Online Masters betting, especially when using a free bet from an online bookmaker, is growing in popularity all the time. But as always, final predictions for the Masters bets kick in on the back nine on Sunday afternoon, when all the hours spent studying tips and form come to fruition.
“Live Masters betting is all about the final couple of hours and the fact Sky will also be covering the tournament this year means the predictor looking for tips for the Masters bet will not lack for any amount of information.
“Golf betting has any number of markets, and the final odds offered are often quite generous. The Masters golf tournament betting will be as exciting as ever, and potentially long odds on the likes of Westwood and Kaymer should ensure added interest in everyone’s Masters bet.”