It’s time – finally – to take that trip down Magnolia Lane. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Masters
It’s time for the Masters unlike any other. So when and where can you catch the action, and who are we backing to win? Read on…
The Masters preview
Venue: Augusta National, Georgia, USA
Date: November 12-15, 2020
Course stats: Par 72; 7,475 yards
Course summary: For a Masters in November we can expect a longer, softer, and colder experience for the players. The absence of patrons this year will give a very different visual for players, and fans watching at home on television.
Rory McIlroy visited Augusta two weeks ago for a few holes.
“[There is] a lot more Bermuda [grass] in the fairways and in the surrounds of the greens,” he told ESPN. “The greens are exactly the same as they always are, but for the fairways it just hasn’t been cold enough for the Bermuda to die off. That’s going to make things very interesting around the greens. Chipping will be a lot trickier.”
On the fairways, he added: “Instead of being thin it can be a little grainy or a thicker patch. But it was soft. There were a lot of mud balls and looks like some rain during the week so that can be an issue. It’s just going to play very different. They haven’t done anything to the golf course – it’s just the way it’s playing.”
Purse: $11.5 million
Defending champion: Tiger Woods (-13)
The Masters tee times
The Masters tee times have not been released yet and will appear here.
The Masters TV coverage
Thursday: Featured groups on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event (Red Button) from 12.30pm and full coverage on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event from 6pm
Friday: Featured groups on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event (Red Button) from 12.30pm and full coverage on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event from 6pm
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event from 6pm
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event from 3pm
Masters staking plan
Dustin Johnson – 10pt win @ 12/1 with bet365
Sure, DJ has won three titles as well as the FedEx Cup since golf’s pause for the pandemic and his last six results read 2-1-2-1-6-2, but it is his Masters form that excites me most. Four consecutive top-10 finishes at Augusta, including when 2nd to Tiger Woods 18 months ago, highlight just how close Johnson is to slipping into his first Green Jacket. A positive Covid test disrupted his preparation, but he brushed that off with a 2nd-place finish in Houston last week to ease any concerns about his fitness. I can’t leave him out.
Xander Schauffele – 5pt win @ 14/1 with bet365
Schauffele has only played in 13 majors and he has seven top 10s and a further two top 20s. Most notably, a tie for 2nd at Augusta last year and a 5th place last time out at Winged Foot. There are no real weaknesses in his game, ranking inside the top-50 for all Strokes Gained categories over the last two full seasons on tour. His growing experience at Augusta combined with his water-tight consistency make him a real threat.
Tony Finau – 3.5pt e/w @ 35/1 with bet365
Finau looked to shake-off the ‘nearly man’ title when going close at the PGA Championship in August, only to be pipped by Collin Morikawa in somewhat predictable fashion. Despite being accused of having a fear of winning, Finau enjoys himself at Augusta, and has a T10 and T5 in his two appearances to date. He also seems to enjoy the stiff test of a major championship, especially recently, after finishing 4th at Harding Park and 8th at Winged Foot. Finau is a brilliant ball striker, ranking 7th for SG: Tee-to-Green, and is plenty long enough off the tee to negate the stiff November task. At this generous price I’ll gladly take him each-way.
Colin Morikawa – 3pt e/w @ 33/1 with bet365
Since the opening couple of years at the Masters, only Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 has won the Masters on his debut. But if there is one man who can buck the trend it’s Morikawa. Already a major champion having won the PGA Championship in August, Morikawa ranked 5th for SG: Tee-to-Green last season, and although his putter can cause problems, he demonstrated his prowess with the flat stick when gaining 2.019 strokes putting on the bentgrass greens of Harding Park.
Ian Poulter – 1pt e/w @ 140/1 with Bet365
Despite a back injury, Poulter has hit fantastic form in the run up to the Masters. Consecutive top 10s in Europe were followed by a 12th-place finish in Las Vegas, with Poulter again demonstrating the sublime short game that has him ranked 6th for SG: Around-the-Green. The charismatic Englishman has missed just one tournament at Augusta since 2007, and has accumulated nine top 25s and three top 10s. Although winning the event might be a stretch, the price offered for this Augusta veteran screams of each-way value when you consider his recent form. According to his Instagram, Poulter has used this week to get in some additional Augusta practice on-course, and that can only help in the run up to what may be a slightly different Masters test.
For more prices, visit bet365.
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