Golfing fans will know we are in unprecedented times when they tune in for this year’s Masters tournament from their homes in mid-November, with no Patrons or stunning scenery, but the golf on show will surely make up for that. Andrew Delaney provides a preview of the action to come at Augusta National and provides his best betting tips.
What Competition is it?
Who is in The Masters field?
92 players will take to the tee at Augusta, a full list of the field can be found here.
What day does the Masters start?
Thursday 12th November 2020
Where is the Masters being played?
Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia, USA.
What channel is the Masters on?
Sky Sports Main Event/Masters
Looking ahead to the 2020 Masters:
19 months after Tiger Woods claimed his fifth Green Jacket in one of the most brilliant sporting moments in recent history, all eyes are on the majestic Augusta National Golf Club once again, rather belatedly, as it returns for its 84th edition this week. After being moved from Spring to Autumn, the major with the smallest field that pits young against old, with lifelong invitations for past winners, takes place at the most scenic venue in sport.
The golfing world came together to celebrate Woods’ heroic comeback success after going 11 years without a major victory last year making it the most memorable of his 15 major titles. Unfortunately, the ‘Patrons’ will not be present this year, but with the world’s best on show, the 2020 Masters is sure to give us the same excitement and buzz we have become accustomed to at Augusta.
The potential storylines are endless at this year’s event, Rory McIlroy is still chasing the elusive career Grand Slam, needing just the Masters to complete it and to become just the sixth golfer ever to do so, while Woods continues his attempts to overtake Jack Nicklaus’ record of most major titles by one player, still three short of matching Jack’s legendary success. Some top players in the field are still chasing a first ever major win, such as Xander Schauffele and Jon Rahm, while Matthew Wolff is fancied by many, playing in his first Masters.
Jordan Spieth is hoping to revitalise a declining career with a good showing here, if he can make the cut first, while Brooks Koepka, who has been in the wilderness since golf returned thanks to injury, will take part, seeking a fifth career major. It may not be the authentic Augusta experience we are all used to this time around, but it will still be fun watching the elite battle it out.
Opened in 1933
10th (Camellia): Par 4 – 495 yards – Bubba Watson’s physics-defying shot from the pine straw to win in 2012 still lingers in the memory on what is notoriously the most challenging hole here.
12th (Golden Bell): Par 3 – 155 yards – The scene of Jordan Spieth’s shocking quadruple-bogey causing his capitulation in 2016. The water on the 12th hole combined with surrounding bunkers offer one of the toughest tee shots on a par 3 in major golf.
13th (Azalea): Par 5 – 510 yards – One of the trickiest holes on the course, has witnessed some of the most memorable shots in Masters history, Phil Mickelson’s astonishing shot on the final round in 2010 from behind a tree comes to mind. Playing either offensively or defensively can be rewarding.
18th (Holly): Par 4 – 465 yards – The field will finish with a dogleg-right hole, which may be the scene for a thrilling finale on Sunday.
History of the Masters:
Masters Defending Champion:
Tiger Woods won the 2019 Masters at Augusta, shooting a score of 13-under-par.
Masters Previous Champions:
2019 – Tiger Woods by one stroke
2018 – Patrick Reed by one stroke
2017 – Sergio Garcia in a playoff
2016 – Danny Willett by three strokes
2015 – Jordan Spieth by four strokes
Masters Featured Groups:
- Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Louis Oosthuizen
- Patrick Cantlay, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy
- Bubba Watson, Matthew Wolff, Tommy Fleetwood
- Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka, Matthew Fitzpatrick
Andrew’s Betting Tips:
In our US Open preview back in September, we tipped young American Xander Schauffele to finish inside the top ten, after he had done so in half of his major appearances previous to that. He duly proceeded, finishing fifth, meaning he has now secured a top ten finish in seven of his 13 majors. Schauffele has also appeared in three PGA Tour events in the new season, carding another two top ten finishes, as he continues to prove he is one of the most consistent players on the tour.
Jon Rahm’s insane water-skimming hole in one during practice on Tuesday went viral causing many to opt for a punt on there being a hole in one in the competition proper, come Thursday. Despite the fact they have become increasingly common at Augusta, with 11 of the 27 aces ever achieved all coming in the last ten years, it still requires a huge amount of luck, and depending on pin placements, some players may not even aim for the hole from the Par 3 tees.
Never in the modern history of the Masters have we seen so many exciting debutants in one tournament. USPGA champion Collin Morikawa, US Open runner-up Matthew Wolff, and Korean Sungjae Im, already a winner on the PGA Tour, are just a selection of those making their Augusta bow this week. Despite his major success in the summer, Morikawa has not hit the same level since and missed the cut at the US Open, while Im has only made two cuts in his six previous appearances. Wolff plays in just his third major here, after coming in a tie for fourth and outright second in the year’s two major so far.
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