Having previously won the US Masters tournament does not automatically make one a golf betting favourite to win it again. However, that won’t deter these past champions expected in the field at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia on April 6th-9th.
Danny Willett +10000 (Won: 2016)
The Rotherham Rottweiler became only the second English golfer to win the Masters – 20 years after Nick Faldo – after shooting a five-under-par round of 67 to make the most of a Jordan Spieth meltdown. Willett led in the clubhouse at −5 when he had a bogey-free final round of 67 and was awarded the Green Jacket of Awesomeness when Spieth finished at −2 alongside Lee Westwood.
Bubba Watson +3850 (Won: 2012, 2014)
Gerry Lester Watson, Jr. won his first Masters in a sudden death playoff with fourth-round partner Louis Oosthuizen. On the downhill 10th, Watson’s ball landed deep in the woods on pine straw, without a clear shot to the green. Watson pulled a trick shot with 40 yards of hook on his 52-degree gap wedge and stopped the ball within fifteen feet of the hole. The rest was easy as pie. Watson won his second Masters by three shots. He entered the final round tied for first with then-Masters rookie Spieth. They were birdieing and bogeying, and beboppin’ and scattin’ all over the place. Long story short, Watson became the 17th golfer to win the Masters twice or more.
Adam Scott +2550 (Won: 2013)
Beam-me-up Scotty’s Masters win was not without controversy – the likes of which had not been seen in a golf course since Duncan MacLeod and Hugh Fitzcairn settled a dispute at Sedgwick Field in 1720. Scott was the first winner of the Masters to use a belly putter to win the tournament. The belly putter was outlawed in 2016, but Scott retains some of the best golf betting sportsbook odds among past champions not named Jordan Spieth.
Charl Schwartzel +6650 (Won: 2011)
Schwartzel became the third South African winner of the Masters (after Trevor Immelman, and exactly 50 years after Gary Player became the first international Masters champion in 1961. Funny story; at height of his career, Player would tell foes he’d just beaten, “don’t hate the Player, hate the game.” In fact, some fans who bet on golf contend that he originated the catchphrase. Oh right, the Masters.
Phil Mickelson +2650 (Won: 2004, 2006, 2010)
Micks became the third golfer with a left-handed swing to win a major when he won the 2004 Masters with an 18-foot birdie. Lefty placed second in the Official World Golf Ranking on the strength of his 2006 Masters win. Mickelson’s 2010 win left him second to Tiger Woods in major championships among his active golfers, ahead of Ernie Els, Vijay Singh and Pádraig Harrington.
Zach Johnson +11000 (Won: 2007)
Johnson was the first golfer not in the top 50 in the world rankings to win the Masters. His 289 (+1) score tied Sam Snead and Jack Burke Jr. for the highest winning score at the tournament.
Jordan Spieth +670 (Won: 2015)
The overwhelming golf betting favourite to win the 2017 Masters, as far as people who bet on golf are concerned. ‘Nuff said.