2020 has been a heck of a year as we all know. I will spare you my opinions because they are quite strong. I suppose as a writer, one should have their convictions but there is a time and place for everything.
The time and place for “A tradition unlike any other” at Augusta National is now!
The Masters, normally played in mid-April, had to, of course, wait until what is now almost Thanksgiving before the world’s best tee it in the most prestigious golf tournament on the planet.
Fall vibes at Augusta. 🍂
Different look, same beauty. ⛳ pic.twitter.com/FEk7vsRG1J
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 10, 2020
Bryson “D-Bol” DeChambeau is the favorite to win the tournament this year and there is a good reason why.
Ever since he put on roughly 30 pounds of solid muscle over the lockdown, he has been driving the ball significantly further than anyone on the PGA Tour.
That’s not all, though, the winner of the most recent major tournament, The US Open, Bryson has been gaining more and more control over his drives. The guy was a calculated engineering mind whose best strength was putting.
Now he’s blasting 400 yard drives like his grandmother’s house depends on it?!
The man is a problem.
I don’t recommend watching much of the tourney if you bet a lot of money because the ups and downs chronically turn into wrinkles and gray hairs, at least that’s the case for me.
Let’s give you guys some quick picks to win this thing and maybe even a bet on the favorite, Bryson, or one of the other 20-something PGA Tour superstars.
Xander Schauffele: +1600
This little guy seems to always be in the mix when it counts but has yet to secure his first major victory.
The San Diego native who plays like poo at home and in the smaller tournaments on the PGA Tour has an outstanding record in major tournaments including a runner-up finish last year.
The X-man doesn’t really have any holes in his game other than being somewhat undersized compared to the aforementioned D-Bol DeChambeau. Bryson is expected to have an average of a 30 yard lead on the field after his tee shots.
See, the golfing world can’t stop talking about this guy. It’s crazy.
I like Schauffele here. He has double the payout of Dechambeau and half of the pressure.
Bryson DeChambeau: +800
We just have to get it over with, I guess. The guy has shown more improvement post lockdown than any golfer on the Tour. And that includes super sophomore, Colin Morikawa.
I’m not going to pick a bunch of winners and leave the Modesto, California native out. Not only has he been the best golfer in 2020 and shown the most improvement but his game is designed for Augusta National.
He just needs to keep it between the navigational beacons if you know what I mean.
Give Slo-Mo DeChambeau some dough and watch him work his magic.
Dustin Johnson: +900
I mentioned that Bryson is having the best year of any golfer but I suppose it is arguable that Dustin Johnson can say the same thing. He has finishes of 1,2,1,6, and 2 in his last five tournaments.
He also has an excellent course history here at Augusta which is much more than we can say about Bryson. 6th, 4th, 10th, and 2nd in his last four appearances at The Granddaddy of Them All.
What’s that? My producer is in my ear. Oh, that’s the Rose Bowl?
Nevermind. The Masters should be able to accept any moniker. After all, it’s a tradition unlike any other.
DJ and Xander finished tied for 2nd last year behind what was one of the most incredible performances we have ever seen from Tiger Woods. It’s tough to get behind Eldrick Tont again this year but in the words of the crowd, Go DJ!
I hope the sporting world isn’t forgetting about The Masters this year. The NFL season is at the halfway mark. Tom Brady and Drew Brees look to battle it out in the NFC South Division race of two 40-something legends.
I hope this week’s Masters will bring back some excitement to what has been a somewhat confusing season for the PGA Tour.
- Dustin Johnson is coming off of a nice warm up with a 2nd place finish in Houston last week.
- Xander Schauffele is always up there and this Sunday could be his day.
- And we couldn’t forget about Bryson. Maybe he doesn’t deserve to be the betting favorite, and a guy like Schauffele at 16-1 has more value but I like him here anyways.
I thought about giving you guys some longshots but look at last year. Tiger wasn’t a favorite, of course, and he got in there but that is still the same man who shot 18 under par here once upon a time.
He continues to surprise us this year even in tournaments with the tightest tree lines that you would think would expose his “weakness” of driving accuracy.
Get those bets in now because these favorites aren’t going to gain any more value.