The US Masters 2020: When is it, how to watch & who’s the favourite?

They're teeing it up at Augusta on Thursday for the final Major of this extraordinary golf season.

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When is The Masters 2020?

For the first time in Masters’ history, the most famous golf tournament of all will be held from November 12-15th because of you-know-what. Organisers postponed the event from it’s usual spot in April as the Coronavirus pandemic started to take hold of the United States. So this year, hopefully for the only time ever, The Masters will take place from Thursday 12th of November until Sunday 15th November.

It will be strange viewing for fans who are used to beautiful sunshine, glistening lakes and lush greens at The Masters with rain forecast for much of the event next week. The good news is that hopefully we’ve only got another five months to wait until The Masters 2021, if it returns to its usual spot.

Where is The Masters held?

As always, the 2020 Masters tournament takes place at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia in the United States of America. The famous course opened back in 1933 and even though it’s a delayed one, the 2020 Masters will be the 84th edition of the competition. The course is a par 72 and this year’s tournament plays at a length of 7,475 yards. The 2020 field will feature 93 players teeing up.

Who’s the favourite for The Masters 2020?

American powerhouse Bryson DeChambeau is the early favourite to win the 2020 Masters and in fact, we make him quite a healthy frontrunner over his fellow countryman Dustin Johnson and Spaniard John Rahm, who are joint-second in the market. Rory McIlroy is next on the list, as he bids again to win the one Major missing from his trophy cabinet. He is followed by Americans Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Brooks Koepka in the betting.

Where Can I watch The Masters 2020?

UK golf fans can watch Sky Sports Golf or Sky Sports Main Event for this year’s tournament as all four days will be exclusively on the Sky platform. The coverage begins with the first round live at 6pm on Thursday, November 12, with various options available on the Red Button from 12.15pm.

The BBC will also screen a night-time highlights programme on each night of the tournament, while Sky will also have its own look-back show. Viewers in Ireland also have the option of watching all the action on Eir Sport and, like their Sky counterparts, you can follow the coverage on the channel when it is live at 6pm on Thursday.

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Who won The Masters in 2019?

Who will ever forget the epic victory for Tiger Woods in the 2019 Masters? Tiger, having not won a Major since the 2008 US Open, held on for a one-shot victory over a top trio of American challengers in the form of Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele.

The joyous scenes when the final putt was sank will live long in the memory of golf fans because many thought Woods would never win a Major competition again, after some tremulous years in his personal life and much publicised serious injuries.

The victory was Tiger’s 15th major of his career edging him one closer to the record held by Jack Nicklaus of 18.

Will spectators be allowed at The Masters 2020

If you are a regular watcher of the Masters, you’ll know the words ‘fans’ and ‘spectators’ are dirty words when it comes to covering the action at Augusta. Ticketholders for the tournament are referred as ‘patrons’ and unfortunately for the 2020 version of the tournament, they will not be allowed to attend. This is due to the Covid-19 pandemic and it’s the first time since the competition began in 1934 that patrons will not be in attendance.

Hopefully, they will be back for the 2021 edition of the tournament.

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