April’s finest moves to November in this crazy COVID year, as the 2020 Masters Tournament kicks off from beautiful Augusta, Georgia Thursday morning. In what’s always the most exciting tournament on a year-to-year basis, the pageantry that surrounds the Masters is second-to-none. Let’s take a closer look at some of this year’s storylines as the opening groups tee off, as well as take a dive into the FanNoise picks to click.
Bryson DeChambeau’s Power vs. Augusta’s Prowess
DeChambeau has made headlines throughout the 2020 PGA Tour season, setting all sorts of driving records while treating fairways like nothing more than a flyover state. DeChambeau’s game has dominated more of the traditional links courses on the tour, but Augusta could present a unique challenge that forces Bryson to take on more of a precise style off the tee. If the powerful right-hander can find the fairway with consistency, he might have a leg up on the rest of the field.
Collin Morikawa in Another Major
It’s safe to say Morikawa’s performance in Harding Park was nothing short of spectacular, and I am really excited to see how the American navigates Augusta. A lot has been said about Morikawa’s accuracy with his approach shots, and sometimes the difference between making the cut and finishing near the top at the Masters comes down to setting yourself up for some chances to score.
Can the GOAT Defend His Crown?
Just in case you forgot, Tiger Woods is the defending champion, and if the electric Champions’ Dinner spread is any indication, the man intends to defend the crown in the 2020 Masters. Woods has been up and down since winning the event for the fifth time last April, but there’s something to be said about knowing the course. Tiger has proven he still has the ability to score low on a day-to-day basis, but the consistency with the putter will be the biggest thing to watch. All in all, I think what golf fans really want is the Sunday Red in the final group.
Is Jon Rahm Human?
Not much to say on this one… just watch the video and let’s hope he can do it again sometime this week.
FanNoise Picks to Click
After finishing second in last year’s version of the Master’s, Schauffele is playing excellent golf in 2020 that’s good enough for a Top 10 mark in the FedEx Cup standings. Schauffele has finished in the Top 10 in both of this year’s major tournaments, and he certainly knows the course well. Last year’s birdie leader at 25, the No.8 player in the world is destined to take home the 2020 Masters Green Jacket.
– PJ Piesko
Simply put, he is sick. Koepka is always a threat to take home the title and should bounce from some recent struggles with a strong performance in Augusta. Currently ranked as the No. 12 player in the world, the two-time U.S. Open winner is looking for an elusive Green Jacket.
– Mike McGee
Finau feels like the guy that could really break through with a major victory this week. Finau hasn’t taken home a victory since the 2016 Puerto Rico Open, but he always seems to find himself in that close but no cigar range at major championships. Finau has finished in the Top 25 of the three events he has played in this season and believe it or not, ranks fourth in scoring average on the PGA Tour this season.
– Nate Schweers