US Masters 2017 betting: Best offers, latest odds and EW tips

Best offers, latest odds and EW tips for the US Masters 2017. - 2017 Getty Images

The first major of the year gets underway this afternoon - the 2017 US Masters. Held at Augusta National Country Club, the tournament begins at 1pm, so you still have just enough time to scour the market and place your bets before the action gets underway. If you're looking for tips on who you should be backing, you've come to the right place. We've highlighted the credentials of the three current favourites and picked out some EW punts that could help you reel in a healthy profit this weekend. 

The Big Three

The iconic course in Georgia is the setting for the competition every year and it really is a thing of beauty. The distance of the course should - in theory - play into the hands of world number one DUSTIN JOHNSON. He's won three tournaments on the spin, most recently the WGC match play, and boasts one of the longest drives on the tour. 

Betfair new customer offer: Dustin Johnson to win @ 25/1. Bet now >>

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However, the last two winners, JORDAN SPIETH and Danny Willett, aren't exactly known for their driving distance. The greens at Augusta run incredibly fast and both of these champions worked wonders with the putter to take home their respective Green Jackets.

Spieth is simply relentless at Augusta. He tied for second in his debut at the tournament in 2014, then came back the following year to take home the top prize with an incredible score of -18 in 2015. He should have won in 2016 too, but a catastrophic final round saw him eventually finish as the runner-up for a second time. 

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Previous form and experience are two crucial components for winning any golf tournament, but an interesting stat that can be derived from the list of former winners is that the average age works out at less than 35. Four-time Major winner RORY MCILROY is still just 27 and he'll be desperate to win the US Masters this weekend to complete a career Grand Slam. 

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EW Outsiders

From a punter's perspective, it's definitely worth looking further down the field because William Hill are offering 1/5 odds if your selection finishes in the top eight. 

LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN finished second at the Masters in 2012 and already has one Major under his belt - the 2010 Open Championship. He hits the ball far and straight, has the temperament to control the ferocious greens and at 33/1 is well worth adding to your betslip.

William Hill paying top 8 places: Louis Oosthuizen @ 33/1. Bet now >>

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As previously mentioned, form coming into any Major tournament cannot be overlooked. RUSSELL HENLEY won the Houston Open last weekend, finishing four shots clear of Rickie Fowler, and has been tipped by many to excel at the Masters this year.

William Hill paying top 8 places: Russell Henley @ 66/1. Bet now >>

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BROOKS KOEPKA could also be in with out a shout. He has a mammoth drive and has shown promise at the Masters before, improving on a T33 finish in 2015 by coming T21 last year. A similar progression could see him secure a top eight finish this time around.

William Hill paying top 8 places: Brooks Koepka @ 66/1. Bet now >>

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MATTHEW FITZPATRICK won the 2012 Telegraph Junior Golf Championship and since then hasn't looked back. He was in the 2016 Ryder Cup team and tied for seventh at the Masters last year too. A similar performance this year and you'll be walking away with cash.

William Hill paying top 8 places: Matthew Fitzpatrick @ 66/1. Bet now >>

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More ways to win

Telegraph Predictor: US Masters Last Man Standing Freeroll

If you're looking forward to the start of the 2017 US Masters, you'll definitely want to enter our free-to-play Last Man Standing Predictor pool.

Enter the contest for free now >>

All you need to do is choose one player to shoot under par in the first round at Augusta today. The deadline to enter is 1pm. 

If your selection is correct, you'll then need to return to the site to pick a player for the following round, and so forth.  Make sure you return to the site and enter your selection before the next round gets underway, otherwise you're out.

Quick ground-rule, you can only pick each player once. So, for example, if you were to choose Dustin Johnson to shoot under par in the first round and he does, you won't be able to choose him again.

It makes sense to go for one of the favourites - Johnson, McIlroy or Spieth in the first round to make sure you safely progress to the next.

Going into the weekend, you can then see which players are having a particularly good tournament and pick them to see you all the way through to the end.

Anybody that survives all four rounds will share the cash jackpot up for grabs. It couldn't be easier!

Enter the contest for free now >>

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