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McIlroy, Johnson, DeChambeau, Koepka – Who Wins This Weeks Masters?

The traditional golfing season sees the first Major of the season contested around early April, when the top golfers in the world descend on the manicured greens and fairways of Augusta National to compete in the annual Masters tournament. However, events this year have seen the tournament postponed from its early year date in April, moving to mid-November.

This means that rather than the first Major of 2020, the Masters is now the last of the three Major tournaments to be contested in this year, although the 2021 event is slated to be back in its usual April spot in just a few month’s time.

While the move in the calendar may be an unusual one, it certainly will not result in any less intensity when the field of golfers gets the tournament underway on Thursday and in this article, we are going to preview the event as well as bring you our tips for the golfers to back, either outright or in the each way market, who we think will do well in this tournament.

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Let’s now take a look at the famous Masters Tournament itself, before we take a look at some of the golfers we expect to be battling it out for top honours this week in the final Major of 2020.

The Masters – Factfile

  • The first Masters was competed for in 1934 and was won by Horton Smith.
  • It has always been played at Augusta National and up until 1961, only American players had won the event until Gary Player (South Africa) triumphed in that year.
  • The first European player to win the tournament was Spain’s Seve Ballesteros in 1980.
  • The course also has a 9-hole par 3 course on which a pre-tournament competition is played on the eve of the tournament. No player that has won the par 3 competition has gone on to win the Masters in the same year.
  • Tiger Woods holds the record for the largest winning margin at the Masters of 12 Strokes.
  • Woods along with Jordan Spieth holds the record for the lowest winning score, 270, at the Masters equating to -18 under par.
  • The course record is 63, jointly held by Nick Price and Greg Norman, who achieved their low rounds in 1986 and 1996 respectively.
  • Jack Nicklaus has the most wins in the tournament with six, followed by Tiger Woods with five and Arnold Palmer with four. A number of players including Gary Player, Sam Snead, Jay Demaret, Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson have won the event three times.
  • Along with Faldo, Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam and Danny Willett are the only players from the UK and Ireland to have won the tournament.
  • Spectators at the Masters are called “patrons”.
  • Caddies must wear white overalls when they caddy for a player out on the course.
  • The tournament is preceded by a Champion’s Dinner, hosted by the preceding year’s Champion, at which only Champions of the tournament are invited to attend.
  • Each tournament will see specially invited guest starters hit the first balls of the competition. This usually falls to some of the elder statesmen of golf and has included the likes of Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus in recent times.
  • The course was built on a former nursery and as a tribute to that the holes are named after the different shrubs, plants and flowers that were grown at the nursery.

Who will be the golfers in contention this year?

There’s no doubt that Bryson DeChambeau’s ‘smash it and see” approach when winning the USPGA has played a role in him being the 15/2 favourite for The Masters this year, although I can’t see the same approach working quite as well at Augusta National, where the rough is likely to be much more severe.

Second favourite at 17/2 is the consistent Dustin Johnson, who has been in improving for a little while now and he is certainly due a win at The Masters. Jon Rahm, who scored a memorable, water-skipping hole in one in practice on Tuesday, is third favourite at 10/1 with Justin Thomas at 11/1, Rory McIlroy 12/1 and Xander Schaffele 14/1. The only other player rated at less than 25/1 is Brooks Koepka and he is a 16/1 shot.

I do feel the winner is most likely to come from that group of players and in truth, I’d be backing Justin Thomas at 11/1 or Dustin Johnson at 17/2 as my favourites here.

However, for a great quality each way punt, with bet365 paying out on the top eight places in the event, I think Lee Westwood at 110/1 is a great shout. The Englishman has a very good record of high places at Augusta without ever winning and he has won recently too. Tee too green, few are better and if his putter can get hot, he could make a real charge at the top ten.

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