It's Masters week, and even though it's arrived much later in the year than usual, the anticipation for the major tournament is the same. One golfer will be receiving a green jacket at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia as the winner of the final major of 2020.
Typically held in April, this year's Masters was pushed back to November because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will begin Thursday, and like other major tournaments in 2020, there will be no fans in attendance.
Bryson DeChambeau (U.S. Open) and Collin Morikawa (PGA Championship) won the first two majors of 2020, while The Open Championship was canceled. Tiger Woods won last year's Masters (his first victory at a major since 2008), and the 44-year-old will be looking to go back-to-back this weekend.
Here's a look at current odds for the Masters, followed by a preview of this year's tournament.
2020 Masters Odds
Bryson DeChambeau +800 (bet $100 to win $800)
Jon Rahm +900
Dustin Johnson +1000
Rory McIlroy +1200
Justin Thomas +1200
Xander Schauffele +1400
Brooks Koepka +1600
Patrick Cantlay +2200
Tony Finau +2500
Tyrrell Hatton +2500
Patrick Reed +2800
Webb Simpson +2800
Bubba Watson +2800
Tiger Woods +3000
Jason Day +3300
Collin Morikawa +3300
Matthew Wolff +3300
Hideki Matsuyama +3500
Complete list of odds available at DraftKings
Bryson DeChambeau has become a more powerful golfer since playing at the Masters in April 2019. He's added muscle and can now hit the ball much further than he used to be able to. The 27-year-old is also no longer looking for his first victory at a major after winning the U.S. Open less than two months ago.
It appears DeChambeau could be gearing up for a much better finish at the Masters, as he's never finished better than tied for 21st in the tournament, which he did in 2016. Last year, he tied for 29th at four under par, but that came after he shot a 66 in the opening round and fell off in the later rounds.
Although the Masters is a few days away, DeChambeau has already played a practice round with former Masters champion Sandy Lyle at Augusta National ahead of this year's tournament. And based on what Carl Paulson of SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio heard from Lyle, it was impressive to watch as DeChambeau utilized his new power on those greens for the first time.
"It was jaw dropping," Paulson said last week.
If that translates into the tournament, it could be a special weekend for DeChambeau. However, there are plenty of other strong contenders in this year's field who could prevent DeChambeau from capturing his first green jacket.
Tiger Woods is looking to become the first golfer to win back-to-back Masters since he accomplished the feat in 2001 and 2002. But in the past six tournaments Woods has played in this year, he hasn't finished better than tied for 37th, and he missed the cut at the U.S. Open in September. So he doesn't have much momentum heading back to Augusta.
But Woods has proved throughout the years that he knows how to win at the course, so the five-time Masters champion has a chance to be a top contender again in 2020. If he wins this time, though, there won't be a roaring ovation from the crowd waiting for him at the 18th hole.
"It's going to make a big difference to all of us," Woods said, according to Mark Cannizzaro of the New York Post. "We just don't have the same type of energy and the distractions."
There could also be a first-time Masters champion crowned this year, even if it's not DeChambeau.
Jon Rahm, who finished fourth at the Masters in 2018, has had an impressive year and is coming off a strong showing at last month's Zozo Championship, in which he tied for second. Dustin Johnson finished tied for second at last year's Masters, and he's finished either first or second in five of his past six tournaments this year, so he'll be looking to keep his recent strong play going.
And there's also Rory McIlroy, who has won four career majors with the Masters being the only one that has eluded him. His best showing was a fourth-place finish in 2015.
It should be an exciting weekend, and although it will be a Masters unlike any other before it, these top golfers should make up for the lack of the traditional atmosphere with an exciting show on the greens.
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