The main event in the golfing calendar, The Masters, was postponed on Friday.
The Masters is held annually at Augusta in April and is the first major of the golfing year. It is regarded as the most prestigious of all four majors and golfing fans look forward to it every year.
Each year around 40,000 fans will attend each day of the competition. Due to the current situation, the organisers felt it wasn’t possible to still have The Masters starting on April 9th. As a result, it has been postponed, but no date has been given for this. This is the first time The Masters has been postponed since 1943-45, during World War 2.
The decision to postpone it has been supported by many of the worlds leading golfers. They have expressed their disappointment in not being able to play in it, however, the health of fans, players and staff must come first. A decision on the US Open in June hasn’t been made yet.
Statement from Chairman Ridley:
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Masters 2020 odds
Rory McIlroy (6/1 ) – The current World Number one is the favourite for this year’s Green Jacket. The 30-year-old has had six top-ten finishes already in 2020 including winning the World Gold Championships. McIlroy has won three out of the four golf majors, The Masters is the only one to escape him. There is no questioning whether he has the ability, he just needs to be in top form when the competition finally comes around.
Jon Rahm (11/1) – The Spaniard is yet to win a major in his professional career, but his first doesn’t look far away. Rahm hasn’t won any competitions this year but has four top-ten finishes to his name, the best of which was second in the Farmers Insurance Open. If Rahm were to win The Masters, he would become the fourth Spanish golfer to do so, the most recent of which was Sergio Garcia in 2017.
Brooks Koepka (12/1) – Last year’s PGA Player Of The Year has had a quiet year in 2020. He hasn’t made the top ten of any competition yet, and his best finish was T43 at The Genesis Invitational. However, you’d be a brave person to bet against him. Koepka has shown by winning four majors in the last three years he is more than capable of winning The Masters. His best finish is T2 last year and he’d love to go one better and win himself his first-ever Green Jacket, which would help him climb from number three in the world.
Tiger Woods (12/1) – The winner of the 2019 Master is currently ranked 11th in the world. Woods has managed two top-ten finishes this year and won the Zozo Championship. The five-time Master’s winner knows exactly what it takes to win at Augusta. Last year was a shock win after being plagued with poor form and a back injury. If he could win in last year then he has every chance of getting his sixth this year.
Betfair has odds available on all the other golfers who have qualified for The Masters 2020. As a date for it is yet to be confirmed, odds will change between now and then, so now could be the best time to back someone who is at a higher price.