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The familar yellow flag that marks the hole locations on the challenging Augusta greens

Early each April, the eyes of the sporting world look to Georgia in the United States, where the Augusta National Golf Club is the annual host of the US Masters, the opening major golf tournament of the season. The invitational event attracts the smallest field of the four major tournaments with the winner being awarded honourary membership to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.

The prestigious tournament attracts a global TV audience and is one the biggest betting events in the sporting diary. Online bookmakers love the US Masters as many of the millions of golf fans following the event enjoy a bet on their favourite players and it is a time to go overboard with a huge array of betting markets, special bets and free golf bet offers.

With the top 50 players in the world receiving automatic invitations to join a field generally restricted to 90-100 players, competition for the US Masters is intense and nerves of steel are required to have any hope of getting to don the green jacket.

The great Jack Nicklaus has recorded the most number of US Masters victories with six wins between 1963 and 1986, a record that may never be broken. Tiger Woods has threatened to take the record with four victories between 1997 and 2005 to equal Arnold Palmers achievements in late 50s, early 60s. American players have tended to dominate the US Masters, but England’s Nick Faldo and South African Gary Player equal Phil Mickleson, Jimmy Demaret and Sam Snead having won at Augusta National on three occasions.



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Three steps to get free golf bets for The Masters Championship

  1. Select your free bet offer(s); check the main terms and conditions for restrictions for qualifying for free bets and using free bets, then select the free bet offer(s) that best suit your needs. Best Free Bets has a list of free bet offers with all the main terms detailed. CLICK HERE SEE A LIST OF FREE BET OFFERS
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  3. Deposit some funds and place a bet; in most instances deposit and bet as little as £5 to qualify for a free bet matching your first bet stake up to the maximum offered by the bookmaker.

Online bookmakers will normally credit the free bet to your account within 24-48 hours of meeting the qualifying requirements, which usually entails making a deposit and/or placing a bet.


Normally, using your best free bet is simply a matter of making your selection and indicating on the bet slip that you wish to use your free bet. Some bookmakers’ methods vary slightly, however their websites will contain instructions on how to redeem your free bet.

There will be restrictions placed on the use of free bets which vary between bookmakers and is advisable to make yourself familiar with those restrictions before signing up.

The six most important facts about redeeming free bets during The Masters

  1. Free bet stakes will not be included in returns
  2. Minimum Odds; expect the bookmaker to insist your free bet is placed on a selection with a minimum price, typically 1/5 (1.20) to evens (2.00)
  3. Bet Type restrictions; you may not be allowed to use your free bet for some types of bets, however Singles are almost allowed and Accumulators are accepted by most bookmakers.
  4. Product restrictions; you won’t be able to invest free bets in Tote Pools and in many instances you will be confined to using the free bets in the sportsbook rather than Casino, Poker and other gaming products.
  5. Rollover requirements; some online bookmakers insist customers bet their deposit and/or stake a number of times before making a withdrawal.
  6. Free Bet Expiry; if unused, the free bets will expire after a period of time, normally 7 to 30 days.



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Past Winners of the Masters Championship:
2010 Phil Mickelson United States −16
2009 Ángel Cabrera Argentina −12
2008 Trevor Immelman South Africa −8
2007 Zach Johnson United States +1
2006 Phil Mickelson United States −7
2005 Tiger Woods United States −12
2004 Phil Mickelson United States −9
2003 Mike Weir Canada −7
2002 Tiger Woods United States −12
2001 Tiger Woods United States −16
2000 Vijay Singh Fiji −10
1999 José María Olazábal Spain −8
1998 Mark O'Meara United States −9
1997 Tiger Woods United States −18
1996 Nick Faldo England −12
1995 Ben Crenshaw United States −14
1994 José María Olazábal Spain −9
1993 Bernhard Langer Germany −11
1992 Fred Couples United States −13
1991 Ian Woosnam Wales −11
1990 Nick Faldo England −10
1989 Nick Faldo England −5
1988 Sandy Lyle Scotland −7
1987 Larry Mize United States −3
1986 Jack Nicklaus United States −9
1985 Bernhard Langer West Germany −6
1984 Ben Crenshaw United States −11
1983 Seve Ballesteros Spain −8
1982 Craig Stadler United States −4
1981 Tom Watson United States −8
1980 Seve Ballesteros Spain −13
1979 Fuzzy Zoeller United States −8
1978 Gary Player South Africa −11
1977 Tom Watson United States −12
1976 Raymond Floyd United States −17
1975 Jack Nicklaus United States −12
1974 Gary Player South Africa −10
1973 Tommy Aaron United States −5
1972 Jack Nicklaus United States −2
1971 Charles Coody United States −9
1970 Billy Casper United States −9
1969 George Archer United States −7
1968 Bob Goalby United States −11
1967 Gay Brewer United States −8
1966 Jack Nicklaus United States E
1965 Jack Nicklaus United States −17
1964 Arnold Palmer United States −12
1963 Jack Nicklaus United States −2


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