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It’s Masters Week! The NLJ 2020 Masters Guide


In what is the longest year known to humanity, it’s here … The Masters is finally here! The tournament unlike any other is usually slated for early-April but was postponed until this week due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The tournament is played at Augusta National Golf Club, which is located in Augusta, Georgia. The course itself is traditionally known for its blooming spring flowers, scenic holes lined with trees, roaring crowds, and of course … great golf. This year will be a little different – the tournament is in the fall and there are limited fans, but it’s still The Masters and Tiger F*cking Woods is still the reigning champion! Please join me in breaking down the upcoming stoic event!

Tiger Woods celebrates his 2019 Masters win.

Fall at Augusta

As mentioned earlier, the Masters is usually in the heart of spring and the course is surrounded by chirping birds, blooming flowers, and tons of greenery. This year, Augusta National will have a ‘fall’ look, and I have a feeling we are going to enjoy the way it looks. The blooming flowers the holes are named after will be missed, but the brown and orange colors of autumn offer us a rare glimpse at Augusta.

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How to Watch

The tournament starts on Thursday, November 12, but there is some pre-coverage available on Mon-Wed for massive fans of the Masters. All times are eastern standard time (EST).

Thursday, Nov. 12 | Round 1

Live TV

TV Coverage1:00p – 5:30p, ESPN

Online Coverage (Available via the Masters App & Masters.com)

Amen Corner7:30a – 4:15p
Featured Groups7:45a – 5:30p
Holes 4, 5 & 67:55a – 4:45p
Holes 15 & 168:15a – 4:45p
Live Broadcast1:00p – 5:30p

Friday, Nov 13 | Round 2

Live TV

TV Coverage1:00p – 5:30p, ESPN

Online Coverage (Available via the Masters App & Masters.com)

Amen Corner7:30a – 4:15p
Featured Groups7:45a – 5:30p
Holes 4, 5 & 67:55a – 4:45p
Holes 15 & 168:15a – 4:45p
Live Broadcast1:00p – 5:30p

36-Hole Cut Changes

Only the top-50 will make the cut and advance into the weekend.

Saturday, Nov 14 | Round 3

Live TV

TV Coverage1:00p – 5:00p, CBS

Online Coverage (Available via the Masters App & Masters.com)

Featured Groups10:00a – 5:00p
Amen Corner10:10a – 5:00p
Holes 4, 5 & 610:45a – 4:00p
Holes 15 & 1611:15a – 4:15p
Live Broadcast1:00p – 5:00p

Sunday, Nov 15 | Round 4

Live TV

TV Coverage10:00a – 3:00p, CBS

Online Coverage (Available via the Masters App & Masters.com)

Featured Groups8:00a – 3:00p
Amen Corner8:10a – 1:30p
Holes 4, 5 & 68:45a – 2:00p
Holes 15 & 169:15a – 2:15p
Live Broadcast10:00a – 3:00p

2020 Odds

As a massive Tiger Woods fan and homer, I clearly want him to win. However, I realize we are still in the horrid year of 2020, and I know we can’t have nice things. That being said, I am still high on Tiger to win this thing again, but by no means is he the favorite. Tiger comes into this event at +3300, meaning you have to bet $1000 to win $3300 (not bad odds). The favorite is Bryson Dechambeau and for good reason. He is playing fantastic golf and he drives the ball like Happy Gilmore. #1 player in the world Dustin Johnson is right behind Buff-Bryson, as is the Spaniard in Jon Rahm. Here are the top 10 favorites, according to Bovada.

  • Bryson DeChambeau+800
  • Dustin Johnson+900
  • Jon Rahm+1000
  • Justin Thomas+1100
  • Rory McIlroy+1200
  • Xander Schauffele+1400
  • Brooks Koepka+1600
  • Patrick Cantlay+2500
  • Bubba Watson+2800

Players to Watch

Cameron Champ (+8000)

Cam Champ is a special player and this is a great shot for him to rise to the occasion.

Xander Schauffele (+1400)

I think this is Xander’s year. The odds aren’t great, but I would take a look at him if Bryson jumps out of a big lead on day 1. Bryson will be tough to beat, but Xander finished T2 in 2019 and I expect him to be around the top of the leaderboard again in 2020.

Tiger Woods (+3300)

Of course, I am picking Tiger as a player to watch. Not only is it Tiger Woods, but he knows this course better than anyone on tour. Tiger is always a threat to win the green jacket, especially when he just won it. Granted, April 2019 seems like forever ago, but Tiger is still a player to watch. I’d like to see the odds in our favor more but can’t go wrong with El Tigre.


Who do you have to win it all this year? Let me know in the comments or on social!

Brandon

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