The Masters starts on Thursday, November 12, in unusual times and this year’s tournament will always be remembered as the November Masters. Postponed earlier in the year due to the global pandemic, no golf fan could seriously have imagined 2020 without the sports most iconic tournament.
Make no mistake, despite the time of year, Augusta will still have its fast, contoured greens, undulating fairways and sweeping turns that will test the skill and technique of the best players in the world. But who are the main players in contention for the famous green jacket?
Can DeChambeau add the Masters to his US Open win?
Bryson DeChambeau is likely to go into the four-day tournament as favourite and has been priced at 7/1 with Betway to claim the famous green jacket. The big-hitting American has changed the game in recent months with an emphasis on driving harder and further than his opponents. However, he has a very poor putting record in this event and could come unstuck on Augusta’s greens once again.
His US Open win was impressive, but with many of the competition missing the fairways, including DeChambeau, and having to rely on playing out of the rough, his big-hitting became a clear advantage at Winged Foot. He might not have such a comfortable time relying on his driving to get him out of trouble here.
Dustin Johnson in good shape
Current World Number 1, Dustin Johnson, is in fine form and should go well as he attempts to secure a first Masters title. Priced with Betway as the 8/1 second-favourite, Johnson has finished in the top six of his last six tournaments, which have included one win and three runner-up spots.
His Augusta record is useful, and he finished tied for second last year, so the pain of just missing out in 2019 could spur him on to victory this time. After missing the cut in 2014, Johnson has responded with form figures of 6-4-10-2, which suggests he is gradually working out what to do to win this tournament. That experience and his current form make him a very big threat this year.
Could this be Justin Thomas’s year?
World number 3, Justin Thomas, is also in with a chance of claiming a first Masters title and looks tempting odds of 11/1 with Betway. Since he started playing on the PGA Tour in 2015, Thomas has risen up through the ranks and is now considered to be one of the leading iron players in the sport.
Although his form figures in the tournament are 39-22-17-12, suggesting he has something extra to find, this is a course that should match his strengths of a long driving game, quality approach play, and making the most of the holes where scores can be made. His preparation has also been excellent, winning the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational in June, and he could have won the Zozo Championship when last competing.
Who else could get involved at a big price?
Jon Rahm, who produced that sensational hole in one when skimming over the lake in practice, is priced at 9/1 and could be a good each-way chance, while last year’s winner, Tiger Woods, is a huge 33/1 hope. Joint runners-up in April 2019 at Augusta, Xander Schauffele (14/1) and Brooks Koepka (16/1) will look to be in the mix again, and Rory McIlroy is a 12/1 chance.
Previous Masters winners
- 2019 – Tiger Woods
- 2018 – Patrick Reed
- 2017 – Sergio Garcia
- 2016 – Danny Willett
- 2015 – Jordan Spieth