Prediction: 2020 Masters

November 11, 2020

How many times have we said it on this site: Masters week is like Christmas in April. Well, this year it’s like Christmas at Thanksgiving. Thanks, COVID.

It will be amazing to see Augusta National at a different time of the year. How will the course hold up to the colder, wetter conditions we expect? How will the players change their approaches? What will the tournament be like without patrons roaring for Tiger or for eagles on 15? Jon Rahm has already made two (2!!) aces in practice rounds, including one ridiculous skip over the water (https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/30292338/jon-rahm-celebrates-birthday-skipping-ball-pond-hole-one-masters). Will he do it again on tournament day?

Regardless, our predictions are below:

JK
Winner: Rory McIlroy
Winning Score: -16
Runner Up: Jon Rahm
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Dylan Frittelli
Last Year’s Winner (Tiger) will: Top 10 – special magic at Augusta, even when he’s not playing particularly well
The US Open Champion (Bryson, OWGR #6) will: hit some roaring drives and chip it in the water. Top 10 somehow.
The PGA Champion (Morikawa, OWGR #4) will: Make cut
The Champion Golfer of the Year will: Trick question, there is none–the R&A sold out
How many prior Masters winners will be in the Top 10: 3
The Low Amateur will be: Andy Ogletree (Go Jackets!)
Does the Low Amateur make the cut: No
Dustin Johnson (OWGR #1) will: Make Cut
Jon Rahm (OWGR #2) will: Make Cut
Justin Thomas (OWGR #3) will: Top 10
Rory McIlroy (OWGR #5) will: WIN
Phil Mickeslon will: Hit it OB right on 10. MC
Will there be a hole in one: No. Rahm used them all up
What is your Bold prediction: Bryson claims Augusta isn’t fair after shooting a final-round 74.

LG
Winner: Tony Finau
Winning Score: -16
Runner Up: Bryson
“Unknown” in the Top 10: Max Homa
Last Year’s Winner (Tiger) will: Top 10
The US Open Champion (Bryson, OWGR #6) will: Top 10
The PGA Champion (Morikawa, OWGR #4) will: Miss Cut
The Champion Golfer of the Year will: lol.
How many prior Masters winners will be in the Top 10: 2
The Low Amateur will be: Lukas Michel 
Does the Low Amateur make the cut: Yes
Dustin Johnson (OWGR #1) will: Make Cut
Jon Rahm (OWGR #2) will: Top 10
Justin Thomas (OWGR #3) will: Make Cut
Rory McIlroy (OWGR #5) will: Make Cut
Phil Mickeslon will: Miss Cut
Will there be a hole in one: Yes
What is your Bold prediction: Bryson gets way more airtime than he should. 

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