2020 Masters Preview


Charlie Valentincic, Editor

Just last year, Tiger Woods tapped in his bogey putt on the 18th green at Augusta National Golf Club to complete one of the greatest comebacks in all of sports. After waiting for 11 months to try and defend his title, the entire world was struck by the coronavirus pandemic delaying the 2020 Masters Tournament seven months.

Usually, the Master’s Tournament is held during the first week in April but just like the rest of 2020, it’s different this year. For the first time in history, it is being held in November, and similarly to other sports, patrons are not allowed to attend the tournament in person.

Although the tournament is not being held during the normal time of the year and there is not going to be a crowd to cheer for the winner, the Masters is still going to be very historic.

One thing that everyone who is watching should look forward to is how Bryson DeChambeau approaches the golf course. DeChambeau has turned into the longest player on the PGA Tour and there are no signs that he is going to change his approach this week. He should be able to have a wedge or a shot iron into every par four and he should be able to reach the green on all four of the par fives as well.

But just like every Masters, it is going to come down to putting and chipping. The greens at Augusta National Golf Club are some of the hardest and most undulating greens in the entire world and DeChambeau along with the rest of the field is going to have to putt and chip well if they want a chance to win.

Another person that viewers should keep their eye on is Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland. McIlroy has been looking to complete the career grand slam since 2015 but poor play at Augusta has prevented him from accomplishing that. McIlroy’s finish in fourth place in 2015 but a good week could definitely change that. 

If McIlroy wants to win this week, he is going to have to hit as many greens as possible. The current world number five went into Sunday in 2011 with a four-shot lead but failed to win the tournament shooting a final round 80 to finish tied for 15th. During that final round, McIlroy appeared to hit everything but greens which led to his disastrous final round. If McIlroy can keep up his solid play, he should definitely be someone who could be putting on the iconic green jacket on Sunday night.

Everyone watching should expect scores to be very low on Thursday and Friday but they should start to get a little higher as we move into the weekend. This can be due to the easier course setups these two days but also the weather is going to play a huge factor as well. Augusta is projected to see rain on Thursday morning which will soften up the golf course making it easier for the players to stick it close to the tight hole locations.

Regardless of what happens, the 2020 Masters Tournament will go down as one of the most memorable Masters in history. The sole fact that it is being played in November should stick in everyone’s heads but the new and improved game of golf is going to be on full display as well. The long hitters are going to approach the golf course in a very different way than they did just a year ago and it should lead up to an exciting finish on Sunday evening. The best part about the Masters being in November is that the 2021 Masters is only five months away.