By News Team
11th November 2020
If there are four days in the calendar that golf fans look forward to more than any other, it’s those that take place at Augusta – the Masters.
Everything is set up for a thrilling four days in Georgia and here is our preview of the final Major of the year.
Can Bryson overpower Augusta?
Having seemingly taken golf to a whole new dimension in 2020 and now a Major winner, Bryson DeChambeau is the most logical place to start. The big-hitting American, the 8/1 favourite, has made no secret of the way he plans to tackle Augusta and if he can execute his power-packed plans, then the course really is at his mercy.
Hatton ready to become a Major winner
Dustin Johnson took a little bit of time to get going in Houston last week, but seemed to move into contention with minimum effort and on the back of the solid showing there, he is much respected at 9/1. However, Tyrrell Hatton sits at more than three times that price, at 28/1.
The Englishman has enjoyed a stellar 2020 that has seen him win for the first time on the PGA Tour at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and most recently at Wentworth in the BMW PGA Championship. He’s played 14 times this year and has finished in the top-10 on eight occasions – a spell that has seen him climb into the world’s top-10 for the first time. Hatton has recently calmed down enormously on the course and his game has flourished as a result, with the 29-year-old’s short-game in particular excelling. A prime example of that was at Wentworth where he was ranked second in Strokes Gained: Around the Green, while he was second in sand saves and first in scrambling.
It’s not just his short game that has come on leaps and bounds, though, with his approach play transformed too. He ranked 61st on the PGA Tour in Strokes Gained: Approach in 2019, but was just fourth during the 2020 season. Such improvement is key with the last five leaders in that field at Augusta finishing in the top three.
If there was a mild concern it’s his form at Augusta which reads MC, 44, 56, but this is a far superior player to the one that walked onto the course on those occasions, and he’ll be confident of a bold showing as he seeks a first Major win.
Watson Bubbaling under the surface
While Hatton doesn’t really have any course form to speak of, two-time winner Bubba Watson certainly does. As mentioned, approach play is crucial in determining who takes home the Green Jacket and Bubba’s recent showings suggest that’s an area of his game that’s firing on all cylinders.
He ranked 9th for Strokes Gained: Approach at the US Open, 2nd at the CJ Cup and 19th at the Zozo Championship as he finished 31st,7th and 4th. Having won at Augusta twice before, and also finishing in a tie for fifth in 2018 and a tie for 12th last year, he should enjoy being back at a course which clearly suits his eye. The 42-year-old is 30/1 for a third Green Jacket.