- Defending Masters champion Tiger Woods will have an early tee off on Thursday.
- Woods is grouped with Shane Lowry and Andy Ogletree.
- Tiger is a +3300 to win a second consecutive green jacket.
The first ever Masters golf tournament to be held in the fall is right around the corner. This year’s event was moved from its traditional schedule to a November date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2020 Masters field is down to 92 from its original cast of 96. Joaquin Niemann and 2017 winner Sergio Garcia withdrew from the competition due to COVID-19 positive tests. Meanwhile, 2009 champion Angel Cabrera and 2008 winner Trevor Immelman also pulled out of the event for undisclosed reasons.
Despite all the challenges, the show must go on and the event officially began with a sumptuous dinner on Tuesday night:
Served in honor of Mr. Tiger Woods. #themasters pic.twitter.com/P9AWsWBHdn
— The Masters (@TheMasters) November 10, 2020
The Masters Club Dinner is also known as the Champions Dinner because it is the annual gathering of the green jacketed greats at the Golf Club where they became part of Masters history. Woods is the 2019 Masters winner and as such, he got to set his preferred menu for the yearly get together at the Augusta National Golf Club.
While it was different and subdued, Tiger Woods hosted the traditional Masters Champions Dinner on Tuesday night. This was the fifth time in his career where Woods played host at the Augusta National Golf Club and it was very different from the first one he hosted in 1998 when the then 22-year old served burgers, fries, and milkshakes.
This year’s defending champion’s menu consisted of the Augusta Roll- a sushi roll with tuna and shrimp, prime steak, and chicken fajitas. A dessert trio of flan, churros, and sopapillas and two red wine options completed the menu for the November 10th Masters Club Dinner.
Masters groups and tee times have been announced for Rounds 1 and 2.
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— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 10, 2020
On Thursday, Woods, pegged at +3300, will begin the defense of the Masters title at 7:55 a.m. off the 10th tee with Shane Lowry and Andy Olgetree. Lowry won the 2019 Open at Royal Portrush, winning his first major by six shots over runner-up Tommy Fleetwood. Lowry is currently listed at +7000 at SportsBetting.ag. Ogletree was the 2019 U.S. Amateurs Champion and as per the custom in Augusta, the U.S. Amateurs winner plays with the Masters Champion. Ogletree is a longshot +200000 to win the Masters.
This year’s Masters is using a two-tee start on Thursday and Friday due to shortened daytime in the month of November. Under this, golfers alternate each dat with morning and afternoon starts. Woods and company got the morning start for Thursday. The trio will then begin play off the first tee on Friday afternoon.
Play begins at 7 a.m. off both the first and 10th tees with 11 minute intervals. The last tee time is at 12:22 p.m. with the later groups scrambling to beat the darkness which is expected at around 5:30 p.m. of each day.
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U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, the odds on favorite to win the Masters at +800, will tee off a 7:33 a.m. off the 10th tee with Jon Rahm, who is third in the current odds board at +800, and Louis Oosthuizen who is currently listed at +6600. On the other hand, 2018 winner Patrick Reed is with Tony Finau and Paul Casey off the 10th tee at 7:44 am. Reed and Finau are both pegged at +3000 while Casey is at +9000.
Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson, a +10000 favorite, will tee off together with Abraham Ancer and Bernd Wiesberger at 11:27 a.m. Ancer is currently listed at +15000 while Wiesberger is at +30000. PGA champion Colin Morikawa, a +4000 favorite is paired with Adam Scott (+4500) and Tyrrell Hatton (+3300).
World number 1 Dustin Johnson, who is second behind DeChambeau in the odds board at +850 , four-time major winner Rory McIlroy (+1200), and world no. 10 Patrick Cantlay (+2500) who won the 2020 ZOZO Championship last month will tee off at noon time.