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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…
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.”
We also spent some time with 2016 champion Danny Willett, who took us through Augusta hole by hole…
Purse: $11.5 million
Defending champion: Tiger Woods (-13)
Masters tee times: 3rd round
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Well, they did it. They managed to recoup the three hours lost on Thursday morning and avoid a Monday finish.
There will, however, still be a two-tee start on Sunday, which will be odd to know that there will be a group finishing up on the 10th tee while DJ is rolling home his putt to seal victory…
12.50pm: Wallace, Scott, Westwood
1.01pm: Willett, Horschel, Leishman
1.12pm: Woods, Scheffler, Lowry
1.23pm: Pan, Simpson, Schauffele
1.34pm: Champ, Conners, Casey
1.45pm: Matsuyama, Cantlay, Na
1.56pm: McIlroy, Koepka, Fleetwood
2.07pm: Munoz, Reed, Rahm
2.18pm: Smith, Frittelli, Thomas
2.29pm: Johnson, Im, Ancer
12.50pm: Oosthuizen, Rose, Taylor
1.01pm: DeChambeau, Schwartzel, Langer
1.12pm: Kim, Imahira, Watson
1.23pm: Ogletree (a), Poulter, Weir
1.34pm: Morikawa, Howell III, Janewattananond
1.45pm: Fowler, Reavie, Kang
1.56pm: Finau, Auguenstein (a), Bezuidenhout
2.07pm: Perez, Fitzpatrick, Johnson
2.18pm: Spieth, Mickelson, Cabrera Bello
2.29pm: Walker, Snedeker, Wiesberger
All times are GMT, which is five hours ahead of Augusta.
Masters TV coverage: Live
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf and Main Event from 3pm
If you don’t have a Sky Sports subscription, you can watch via NowTV, with prices starting at £9.99 for a day pass.
Masters TV coverage: Highlights
Sunday: BBC2 10.20pm
Masters betting tips: Outright winner
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.
End of round 3 status: T1
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.
End of round 3 status: T20
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.
End of round 3 status: T44
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.
End of round 3 status: T36
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.
End of round 3 status: T36
Masters betting tips: Final-round in-play tips
Justin Thomas – 5pt win @ 5/1 with bet365
An underwhelming performance from JT yesterday came at absolutely the wrong time, just as DJ looked to be hitting top gear. Thomas is a classy player, with 13 victories to his name, and will certainly not be giving up just yet. The three players above him on 12-under-par (Ancer, Im, Smith) are somewhat less experienced and on Masters Sunday I am sure JT will be up for the chase in a bid to at least improve on his T12 best finish at Augusta.
Sebastian Munoz – 2.5pt e/w @ 40/1 with bet365
Munoz has quietly gone about his business this week at Augusta, and although it would be a huge stretch to suggest he wins today, he has a chance in this market at 9-under-par. The debutant has put together three solid rounds, all of which were under par, and has been in great form recently with three top-10s in seven starts. Buoyed by the win last week of former college team mate Ortiz, and with experience of beating Sungjae Im back at the 2019 Sanderson Farms Championship, I like his chances at a big price with three places on offer.
Masters betting tips: 1st round leader
I have outlined why I believe DJ is a great bet for the Masters this year, but I also fancy him to start fast after an impressive performance in Houston. Despite not picking up the win last week, Johnson will have used that event to shake off any rust ahead of Augusta and should arrive full of confidence. It seems that DJ only deals in top two finishes at the moment, and that includes his performance stats where he ranks 2nd for scoring average (66.87) and 2nd for SG: Total. In his typical calm and collected manner, I fully expect DJ to turn up on the main stage and put on a show.
Kokrak has had a brilliant start to the new campaign, with a win in Vegas and a T17 finish at the US Open. He also fits the bill of someone who could play well here, and on debut is worth considering as a potential first round leader. Kokrak is a big hitter off the tee, ranking 34th on tour, but also has a high ball flight which is important at Augusta. Impressively he ranks 3rd for SG: Putting this season, so with success both off the tee and on the greens, he represents good value for an interesting each-way bet.
Masters betting tips: 72-hole match-up treble
Looking at the match-up market, offered by bet365, the three ties listed above are stand outs. Fowler has a fantastic record at Augusta, finishing inside the top 12 five times in his last six visits. Although Casey’s record is not to be sniffed at, I feel we may have seen his best performance of the year at the PGA Championship in August. Fowler will have fond memories of back-to-back top 10s in his last two visits, and with Casey missing the cut last time around I am happy to side with the American on this occasion.
Koepka arrives at Augusta this week after an impressive weekend performance at the Houston Open. He is also striking the ball fantastically well, and has a runner-up finish at Augusta in 2019. Cantlay was only 9th in the same year, and although he won recently at the Zozo Championship, he doesn’t have the same Augusta pedigree as Brooks. Both players are clearly very talented, and in all likelihood this will be the closest leg of the bet, but I fancy Koepka to edge it.
Day has a phenomenal record at the Masters, having never finished outside the top 30 in eight appearances. Four top 10s highlight how well Day plays at Augusta, and with positive recent form he looks like a good player to side with in this type of bet. Simpson on the other hand has just one top 10 in the same amount of visits, and has missed the cut three times. Simpson was fantastic after the restart, but may not suit the style of play Augusta requires and I am therefore gambling on Day to overcome any fitness concerns and take this one.
End of round 2 status: Lost
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