The Masters is arguably the most prestigious event in golf. Held at Augusta National in April every year, the winner receives the iconic green jacket. The course first opened 90 years ago, but the course has been adapted many times since then. Jack Nicklaus is the most successful golfer in Masters history with seven titles.
The Augusta National
The Augusta National is one of the most iconic venues in golf. The idea came from Bobby Jones who wanted to build a golf course after his retirement from the game. He went to Clifford Roberts for advice and together they found some suitable land in Augusta Georgia. The land had been an indigo plantation in the early nineteenth century and a plant nursery since 1857. Jones hired Alister MacKenzie to help with course design, with work starting in 1931. The course formally opened in 1933, with Roberts becoming chairman of the club.
Golf Round Up: Who is in form heading into the 2023 Masters?
WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship
Sam Burns defeated fellow American Cameron Young to win the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, while both world number one Scottie Scheffler and world number three Rory McIIroy went out in the semi-finals. World number two, Spaniard Jon Rahm, failed to make it beyond the group stages.
Burns defeated Scheffler in an extremely close semi-final which required three extra holes to decide the match. Burns’ compatriot Young defeated McIlroy in a dramatic clash. McIlroy had been two-up with three to play and then one up going into the 18th. However, 15th seed Young held his nerve to level the match with a pressure put before hitting a birdie on the first extra hole to seal victory.
In the final Burns comfortably prevailed 6&5. McIlroy beat Scheffler 2&1 in the third-place play-off.
While both will obviously be disappointed not to win, McIlroy and Scheffler will be pleased with their form throughout the week with the first Major of the year, the US Masters, 10 days away.
US Masters 2023 Latest Odds
Scheffler is now favourite to win the Masters, 36/5 with SBK and 7/1 with most other bookies. McIlroy is second favourite at 39/5. After another disappointing tournament Rahm is third favourite. Tiger Woods is continuing his comeback from injury and is regarded as an outsider. You can get 55/1 on the American claiming another Green Jacket in April with bet365.
|Cameron Smith||16/1||bet365/Paddy Power/Betfair/SBK|
|Patrick Cantlay||20/1||bet365/BetVictor/Betfred/SBK/William Hill/BoyleSports/Paddy Power/Betfair|
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