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The US Masters 2020 Golf Tournament…

Friday, February 28th, 2020

The US Masters 2020 Golf Tournament…

YES, it’s less than six weeks until the biggest and best names in golf descend on Augusta National in Georgia.

We look here at who’s in form, who’s the bookie’s favourites and who’s due a win…


US Masters 2020 – The History…

The Masters Tournament is, as always, the first men’s major of the golfing year as 87 top golfers compete to get their hands on the coveted green jacket.

It’s arguably, one of the most recognisable prizes in golf.

The famous Augusta green jacket has been awarded to every winner of the Masters Tournament since 1949.

Last year, it was Tiger Woods who won his fifth jacket and the American is one of the favourites to become the first player to win two consecutive Masters titles since, well, Tiger Woods back in 2002.

US Masters 2020 – The current Champion…

Golf has been notoriously difficult to predict in the last few years. T

Tiger Woods may have grabbed his 15th major at Augusta last year but it’s a long time since he dominated men’s golf.

The American won an incredible 14 major titles in the space of just nine years, the first golfer since Jack Nicklaus to win 10+ titles.

Go back to 2008 and nobody it would have been ridiculous to suggest that we’d have to wait over a decade for Woods’ next win.

But that’s exactly what happened as Woods put an end to his almost 11-year wait for his 15th major in 2019.

It’s not long to go until Woods has to go back out and defend his title but not before we enjoy some of the famous traditions of the Masters Tournament.

Since the 1950s, it’s been customary for the previous year’s winner to host the Champions Dinner in the run-up to the tournament proper.

Woods is no stranger to this after securing his fifth jacket and has already decided on his menu for the dinner. For 2020, he’s going back to the same menu he requested in 1998: steak, chicken fajitas, sushi, and sashimi with a milkshake for dessert.

“One of the greatest memories was to see Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead having milkshakes that night in ‘98”  Woods said in a Masters media teleconference before thinking back to his emotional win last year.

“Seeing the number of reactions and people who were riveted by the Masters” he went on.

“The number of emotion people were showing. That’s what blew my mind. I didn’t think that many people would be moved that way.”

But they certainly were and as we head into the 2020 majors season, it’s hard to bet against something similar this time around.


US Masters 2020 – The Favorites for this best know Golf Major this year are:

Tiger Woods is amongst the favourites to win again in Augusta this year at 12/1 on Betway as of 27th February.

But as previously mentioned men’s golf is notoriously difficult to predict right now.

Rory McIlroy is the favourite to win his first green jacket at 15/2 and complete a career grand slam of majors.

He won the US Open, PGA Championship, and the Open Championship in a dominant three-year spell.

The Northern Irishman returned to the top of the Official World Golf Rankings earlier in the year and will be eager to stay there.

He finished tied for 21st last year at Augusta National but finished in the top ten for the five years before that.

Jon Rahm has climbed to second in the world rankings and notched up his best-ever finish in a major at Augusta last year finishing fourth.

He’s joint-second at 12/1 alongside a man aiming to win his fifth major in five years.

US Masters 2020 Golf TournamentBruce Koepka is a man who has a far better record in the majors than he does in the regular tour events.

“I think sometimes the majors are the easiest ones to win”. he said during the 2019 PGA Championships, a tournament he won.

“There’s 156 in the field, so you figure at least 80 of them I’m just going to beat.

You figure about half of them won’t play well from there, so you’re down to about maybe 35.

And then from 35, for these, the pressure is going to get to them.

“It only leaves you with a few more, and you’ve just got to beat those guys.”

It’s a fascinating series of quotes with Koepka, a man who cannot be counted out in any major tournament he takes part in.

But there are plenty of other talented golfers who are in contention to get their own green jacket fitted in 2020.

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, and Xander Schauffele are all in contention and priced 25/1 or lower as of 27 February.

It promises to be an exciting tournament and come this time next year we’ll be finding out what exciting dishes are on the menu for the 2021 Champions Dinner.


By Ian Mullins

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The Golf Majors in 2020…

Friday, November 29th, 2019

Golf Majors in 2020

As this year’s tour comes to end and with John Rahm winning the Race to Dubai, we asked our friends at Freebets to look at the favourites for the Men’s Golf Majors in 2020.

So, with 2019 was a memorable year for men’s golf, if not for one reason only, Tiger roared back! The major championships, in particular, brought about some other great moments for the game.

We had some moments which truly upset the bookmakers’ predictions for what was going to happen like Gary Woodland’s success in the US Open. The American hadn’t finished in the top 5 of any prior major.

However, as the record books show, Golf is typically unpredictable these days.

Here is the schedule and dates, with a hint to who may be in the running based in the latest odds and see whether we can expect some more of the same…


Golf Majors in 2020 – The Masters – 9th-13th April 2020

As always, the Masters will kick-off this year of men’s majors.

The 2019 Masters saw one of the unlikeliest comeback stories in the sport’s history.

Tiger Woods – the 14-time major winner – secured his first victory in one of the big four since 2008.

It was perhaps the greatest sporting moment of 2019 as Woods overcame crippling injuries and a loss of form to secure his first green jacket for 14 years.

It would be a surprise to see Woods lift the trophy at Augusta again in 2020 but after his remarkable win in 2019, who’s to say?

Rory McIlroy is also in the running with the Northern Irishman eager to win his first green jacket and secure the career grand slam.

Current Odds…

Brook Koepka – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 10/1
Tiger Woods – 10/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The PGA Championship – 14th – 17th May 2020

In the middle of May, we’ll turn our attentions to TPC Harding Park in California for the 2020 PGA Championship.

The Irishman Shane Lowry came out on top of the leaderboard in 2019 for this, the most unpredictable of men’s majors.

12 different men have lifted the Wanamaker Trophy in the last 13 years with McIlroy being the only player to win two titles in that time.

This year’s tournament promises to be just as unpredictable.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Tiger Woods – 12/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The US Open – 18th – 21st June 2020

The 2020 US Open is being held on more familiar ground this time.

Winged Foot Golf Club will host this year’s edition of the tournament in the middle of June with all eyes of the golfing world directing their focus towards the New York course.

The tournament has been held at this course before, way back in 2006 when the Australian Geoff Ogilvy came out on top.

Brooks Koepka is the man to beat here.

The American has won two of the last three US Open titles and will be looking to make it three out of four in June. He’s the standout candidate to do just that.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 9/1
Dustin Johnson – 9/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Justin Thomas – 16/1


Golf Majors in 2020 – The OPEN – 16th – 19th July 2020

As is tradition, the majors conclude with the trip across the Atlantic to contest the Claret Jug.

The Open Championship is the oldest of the four majors and it is heading to the Royal St George’s for the first time since 2011.

That edition of the tournament saw an unlikely win for Northern Irishman Darren Clarke but you won’t find many people expecting a similar result this time.

Current Odds…

Brooks Koepka – 10/1
Rory Mcllroy – 10/1
Dustin Johnson – 12/1
Jon Rahm – 16/1


And Finally…

So, a dozen different players can win a major on any given day so punters have their work cut out when it comes to picking a favourite.

However, that could play into your hands. When the field is open, the betting odds are often in your favour.

Punters can pick winners for certain events and many bookies will payout for anything above a top-five finish.

But that can go even further, picking one or a couple of unlikely candidates across the various majors will lead to some huge odds and bigger wins.

Learn how to build your bets with freebets.com to make sure you get the best odds for your men’s golf major picks.

 


By Ian Mullins

Pebble Beach Golf Club – US Open 2019…

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Pebble Beach Golf Club - The Social GolferToday the third of 2019’s Golf’s major begins, with this year seeing the tournament return to Pebble Beach Golf Club for the first time since 2010.

Back then Tiger was about to enter the wilderness and it was Graeme McDowell who ended the week victorious!

However, let us take a closer look at the club and the course!

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The History…

Universally heralded as one of the finest and premier Public Course in the US.

Pebble Beach has hosted the US Open event on five previous occasions.

Previous winners include…

2010 – Graeme McDowell

2000 – Tiger Woods

1992 – Tom Kite

1982 – Tom Watson

1972 – Jack Nicklaus


However, here’s what the Pebble Beach Golf Club website said about its own history…

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The 20th Century…

February 1919 – In the early part of the 20th century, Samuel F.B. Morse is challenged with making the Pebble Beach area an attractive real estate investment in order to find a buyer.

He decides to create a one-of-a-kind golf course with unsurpassed beauty and an element of difficulty that will always be challenging.

Morse utilizes the extraordinary talent and vision of two great amateurs, Jack Neville and Douglas Grant, to design the course, and Pebble Beach Golf Club officially opens on February 22 1919.

Making 2019 its 100th birthday!

December 1926 – Del Monte hosts the 1926 Monterey Peninsula Open on Pebble Beach Golf Links, putting up a $5,000 purse and attracting most of the top golfers—professionals and amateurs (However, we’re not sure if there were any high handicappers involved!)

Harry “Light Horse” Cooper of Texas wins with a 72-hole score of 293, five over par.

September 1929 – Pebble Beach hosts its first “Major”: the U.S. Amateur.

Field favourite Bobby Jones ties for medalist honours but loses his first 18-hole match.

Minnesota’s Jimmy Johnston beats the field with a 4 & 3 win in the final 36-hole match against Oscar Willing.

August 1935 – In the heart of the Depression, Pebble Beach Golf Club hosts the California State Open after a long hiatus.

Pebble Beach head professional Cam Puget wins the event on his home course, pocketing the $300 first place money.

Pebble Beach hosts the event again in 1936 and 1948.

September 1940 – The USGA returns to Pebble Beach for the 1940 U.S. Women’s Amateur, which is won by defending champion Betty Jameson.

The USGA also schedules the 1942 U.S.

Men’s Amateur for Pebble Beach Golf Links, but it was cancelled due to World War II.

January 1947 – The Bing Crosby National Pro-Am golf tournament is played for the first time at Pebble Beach (after being played for six years at Rancho Santa Fe before World War II).

September 1947 – The U.S. Amateur returns to Pebble Beach and is won by Skee Riegel.

September 1948 – The U.S. Women’s Amateur returns to Pebble Beach. It is won by Grace Lenczyk.

April 1950 – Among the first of the tournaments of the newly formed LPGA is the Weathervane Transcontinental Women’s Open, which is won by Babe Zaharias at Pebble Beach in 1950.

It returns in 1951 and is won by Patty Berg.

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January 1958 – For the first time, television covers the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am.

Bing Crosby hosts the broadcast of the final round live from the 18th green.

September 1961 – Pebble Beach again hosts the U.S. Amateur, attracting one of the top international showings to date, as it follows just weeks after the Walker Cup is held in Seattle.

Jack Nicklaus sees Pebble Beach Golf Links for the first time and decides he likes it—defeating Dudley Wysong 8 & 6 in the final match.

June 1972 – Pebble Beach Golf Links hosts its first U.S. Open golf championship.

After defeating Johnny Miller in the 1972 Crosby, Jack Nicklaus returns to Pebble Beach and wins the U.S.

Open by 3 strokes with a 2-over par 290.

August 1977 – The Company hosts its first PGA Championship tournament. Lanny Wadkins wins on the third hole of sudden death.

June 1982 – The U.S. Open is held at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the second time.

It features the battle between Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus and the most talked about shot in golf.

Watson needs birdie to win but completely misses the 17th green.

To accomplish his mission, he sinks his legendary chip shot. He also birdies 18 and defeats Nicklaus by two strokes with a 6-under par 282.

January 1986 – The Crosby Clambake becomes the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am golf tournament.

November 1988 -The 2nd Annual Nabisco Golf Championships—which in 1991 became The Tour Championship—brings the top 30 golfers to Pebble Beach.

A rain-delayed final round ends with Curtis Strange and Tom Kite tied; Strange wins on the second playoff hole and becomes the first golfer to win more than $1,000,000 (lifetime) on the PGA Tour.

June 1992 – Pebble Beach Resorts hosts the U.S. Open for the third time.

Under brutal winds, Tom Kite shoots an incredible par round and wins his first major with a 3-under 285.

November 1998 – Pebble Beach Company constructs the new 5th hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links, as designed by Jack Nicklaus.

August 1999 – The 99th U.S. Amateur Championship becomes the ninth USGA championship held on Pebble Beach Golf Links and the first to also use Spyglass Hill for the medal-qualifying rounds.

In the final, Tennessee’s David Gossett defeats South Korea’s Sung Yoon Kim 9 and 8.

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The 21st Century…

June 2000 – The U.S. Open returns for the 100th playing of the championship.

Tiger Woods captures the trophy, besting his nearest competitor by 15 strokes and tying the lowest 72-hole score ever in the national championship.

July 2001Golf Digest ranks Pebble Beach Golf Links as the No. 1 Golf Course in America—the first time a public course has been so honoured.

June 2010 – The U.S. Open Championship returns for the fifth time to Pebble Beach Golf Club.

Furthermore, a number of course enhancements—all under the direction of legendary Arnold Palmer—are completed to strengthen player appreciation, heighten the challenge and exceed guest and championship expectations.

In a championship where a score of par is the most meaningful, the then 30-year-old McDowell posts an even-par 284 for the 72 holes.

He becomes the first European winner since England’s Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Pebble Beach Golf Club – The Future…

Regardless of who comes out top this weekend, you can be sure Pebble Beach Golf Club will continue to be at the forefront of world golf with future events including a first U.S. Women’s Open in 2023.

In addition, it will host a seventh U.S. Open in 2027.

Furthermore, every February, the PGA Tour visits for the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, a tradition that began in 1947.

 


Pebble Beach Golf Club US Open – Who’s your money on…

As with previous TSG articles on Golf’s majors, it’s always good to see who the favourites are and this year we have Tiger back in the mix!

Whilst his odds are much improved since his win at The Masters and given he has won here before, it could be argued he should be the favourite.

However, the betting at the time of going to press is as follows…

  • Johnson, Dustin – 7/1
  • McIlroy, Rory – 8/1
  • Koepka, Brooks – 10/1
  • Woods, Tiger – 11/1
  • Cantlay, Patrick – 18/1
  • Fowler, Rickie – 20/1
  • Spieth, Jordan – 20/1
  • Rose, Justin – 25/1
  • Schauffele, Xander – 25/1
  • Thomas, Justin – 25/1

Obviously, these odds are pre-tournament but there are many providers of live betting odds too, just search Google.

In the meantime, we look forward to watching the field compete on some of the best greens in the world!

UK TV coverage is available via Sky Sports.

Enjoy!


By Ian Mullins

 

USA PGA Championship – The favourites…

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014
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Rory McIlroy – 15/2

The final major of the year and prestigious USA PGA Championship is just days away and golf fans from around the world will be flocking to Kentucky’s Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville to watch their favourite golfing superstars take to the fairways …

Many of this year’s golfing professionals have recently battled it out for the top prize at the Golf World Championships – The Bridgestone Invitational, but all eyes are really on the USA PGA Championship ….

The bookmakers have chosen their favourites across a variety of nationalities, ages and skill levels, with Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson all predicted to be in with a chance of getting their hands on the coveted prize …

The contenders for the USA PGA Championship title* …

Rory McIlroy – 15/2

Having just tasted the sweet smell of success at the British Open, 25-year-old Rory McIlroy has been tipped as this year’s favourite to win the USA PGA Championship title.

Winning major tournaments is nothing new for the Irish native, at such a young age, he’s already won three, and has told reporters, “The next number in my head is four”.

With his current track record, there’s nothing stopping him from completing the ‘Slam’ (winning all fur majors) in the next 12 months…

Tiger Woods – 11/1

With a stunning career and a huge string of accolades including more career major wins than any other golfer still playing, it’s easy to see why Tiger Woods is still a second favourite to take the title.

However, the 38-year-old has not won a USA PGA Championship  title since 2007, and it could be argued that he’s no match for the fresh young talent appearing on the golfing scene today …

Adam Scott – 14/1

Having recently taken on the aforementioned Tiger Woods at the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, Adam Scott takes third place favourite for bookmakers to win this year’s tournament.

The 34-year-old certainly has experience on his side –  he’s won 11 PGA Tours in his time, but is he a match for up and comer Rory McIlroy?

Phil Mickelson – 20/1

As the oldest of the favourites, 44-year-old Phil Mickelson could be the outsider. The ‘leftie’ also recently joined his PGA counterparts at Bridgestone this weekend, so he knows exactly what kind of competition he is up against but will a little prior knowledge be as useful as years of professional experience?

He has won 42 events on the PGA Tour including The OPEN Championship last year (2013), so he’s not going to let a little thing like age get in his way …

So, who will you be putting your money on?

By Ian Mullins

 

*Prices courtesy of Coral bookmakers, were correct at the time of posting.