After a strange and challenging 2020 for the world, how exciting it is to have the Augusta National committee salvage this year’s iconic Masters Tournament in the fall. I’m told aesthetically there will not be the bright Plumage of April in the Autumn but we can still expect the famous fast greens to be unaffected. Off the tee, the course will play a little longer without the same run out on the ball but in truth, Augusta National has always suited long hitters slightly more.
Bubba Watson to win a hat trick of Masters titles in the fall of 2020
The idiosyncratic Bubba Watson looks a good bet for completing the career hat trick of Masters titles. Watson has been solid rather than spectacular in 2020 and such consistency is a little unheard of from the Florida man. He started 2020 with back-to-back top 10s and I backed him then for the Masters.
The Covid-19 hiatus may work in Watson’s favor as it probably means he has kept himself busier and more focused than normal with the knowledge that his beloved Masters lay ahead. He certainly has had the perfect preparation in recent weeks with 7th at the CJ Cup followed by an impressive 4th at the Zoso Championship last time out. The Zoso Championship was played at the Sherwood Country Club rather than the scheduled outing to Japan.
The Sherwood Country Club was used previously for the World Challenge when Watson was often a competitor but he never handled the course as well as he did three weeks ago and that must bode well for his chances this week in Georgia. I mentioned that I backed him earlier in the year and was getting slightly concerned by his form pre-Covid-19 hiatus. Thus, now with him in his best form of 2020 and giving us a strong-look I am more than happy to go in again on the attractive price of +3000 with the top-rated sportsbooks.
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The forgotten man, Justin Rose to remind us why he made world number one.
England’s, Justin Rose has become the forgotten man of golf, I have seen several scribes writing off his career on Twitter in recent weeks. I for one, will not be writing off Justin Rose and I suggest others don’t. I remember well when he sprung to prominence as a teenager at the Open Championship of 1998 at Royal Birkdale when he nearly won as an amateur, eventually losing to Mark O’Meara who was enjoying a remarkable Indian summer in his career that year, winning the Masters also.
Rose chose to turn professional immediately after and was hot news in the British media but the headlines soon turned sour when he missed his first twenty cuts of his professional career. Lesser men than Rose could easily have crumbled but the Englishman took it in his stride, instead, learning from experience as his career started a steady incline. The steady incline never stopped, rather turning into a career upswing that saw him reach world number one late in November of 2018.
That upswing saw Rose divide his time between the European and PGA Tour, winning eleven times in Europe and ten times on the PGA Tour with the highlight being a major championship win in the US Open of 2013. It has been a below-par 2020 for Rose but he still managed a top 10 finish in August at the PGA Championship and a progressive effort last time out at the Country Club of Sherwood where he was 17th at the Zoso Championship tell us he retains a reasonable level of form.
What makes me believe Rose can spring back to his best form at the Masters is his bank of superb Masters form over those two decades that have included two runner-up finishes. His impressive form figures of nine top 20 finishes in fourteen Masters appearances make him our banker selection at BetOnline generous price of +135 for the top 20 market.
Masters Golf BANKER Pick: Justin Rose Top 20 at +135 with BetOnline