The top 10 players to focus on for the 2020 Masters
The Masters sees the golfing elite battle it out at Augusta National in a bid to be crowned champion and presented with the illustrious green jacket. You can check out our picks for who we think will go all the way, as well as all the best betting offers for this week’s tournament.
But right now we’re looking at the 10 players worth focusing on. We’ve also rated their chances of handling the hallowed Augusta course out of five.
All the talk this week has been about Bryson DeChambeau and his length off the tee but Cameron Champ possesses easy power and looks capable of bringing Augusta to its knees. Bidding to become the first debutant to win since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, the Californian is a lively outsider who finished 10th at the U.S. PGA Championship in August.
Is Bryson breaking golf? A dominant six-shot winner of the U.S. Open, DeChambeau’s driving prowess is a huge asset at Augusta with many picking him to claim back-to-back Majors this week. However, the beefed-up 27-year-old has questions to answer with his approach play – traditionally the key to Masters success — and course form figures of 21-38-29 are moderate.
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Tony Finau has all the tools to tame Augusta and the long-driving Utah man should not be dismissed despite his lack of victories. It’s been over four years since he claimed his only PGA Tour title at the Puerto Rico Open but a fine Majors record — seven top-tens from his last ten starts including 10th and fifth at the Masters — points to another big week.
The most in-form golfer on the planet picked up where he left off following a positive COVID test by finishing runner-up in Houston last week. Another blessed with power from the tee box, DJ has four top-ten finishes from his last four Masters appearances but this immense talent should have more than one Major to his name and has a habit of missing out on the biggest stage.
A Major-winning machine, Koepka looked destined to dominate before a series of injuries saw him spend an extended period on the sidelines. He enjoyed a well-timed return to form with a top-five finish in Houston last week and is impossible to rule out. However, Augusta represents a tougher test and anything less than top form is unlikely to be enough for the four-time Major champion.
Rory McIlroy and Augusta have never quite seen eye to eye. The Northern Irishman blew a final-round Masters lead in 2011 and still needs to claim the Green Jacket to complete the Grand Slam. Average since the restart, McIlroy’s driving has improved in his most recent outings and there is a quiet confidence that this could be the week when he cements his legacy. Has a big chance.
Spanish superstar Jon Rahm is built for Augusta National and looks ready to come of age at the Masters. Rahm has won the Memorial and the BMW since the restart and was runner-up at the Zozo Championship in his final outing before Augusta. The most likely first-time Major winner in the field, Rahm boasts impressive Masters form figures of 27-4-9 and has a habit of producing on the biggest stages.
A lock in Major championships and the only man to rival Rahm for most likely first-time Major winner, Xander Schauffele was tied-second behind Tiger Woods last year and will contend for the Green Jacket for many years to come. However, the Californian has blown winning chances recently, including at last month’s CJ Cup, and his nerves will be seriously tested if leading down the stretch.
Accurate approach play is crucial to success at Augusta National and few are better than Justin Thomas, who is electric with his irons and one of the best wedge players on the PGA Tour. JT has steadily progressive Masters form of 39-22-17-12 and is expected to go well, but he has shown nerves when in contention recently — a concern at a course where danger lurks at every turn.
An emotional 15th Major victory completed the comeback of all comebacks last year but Tiger Woods’s form ahead of the 84th Masters does not suggest that he is ready to win a sixth Green Jacket. While 2019 taught us to never doubt Tiger, six starts since the restart have yielded no better than 37th at the US PGA and he was 72nd of 77 at the Zozo.
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