My Favorite Masters Tournament Storylines

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As we approach the opening round of the Masters Tournament, you cannot help but get excited.  If you are a fan of golf then there is no bigger weekend in the sport.  If you are not a golf fan, then I do not really know why you wanted to read this, but hey, please continue.  This event will have many storylines that develop throughout the weekend, but there are also major narratives before the first player tees off.  The 2020 Masters will be interesting on so many levels.  Here are some of my favorite storylines coming into the opening round.


                                              Photo courtesy of golfdigest.com


Tiger Repeating


You do not need to be a fan of golf to know or be a fan of Tiger Woods.  And because Woods is such a superstar, you probably know that his life on and off the course has been a roller coaster ride filled with deep lows and incredible highs.  Maybe the highest moment came last year when Tiger was the 2019 Masters Tournament champion.  I watched all 18 holes, and I was not disappointed.  Watching the greatest of all time wrap up a championship weekend was amazing, and the fact that he was doing it at Augusta National made it all the more magical.  When you look at the runners up in last year’s tournament if makes it even more impressive.  The grizzled vet fought off Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, and Xander Schauffele.  I mean, those are not only some of the best players in on the entire planet, but they can easily go down as three of the best in this generation. 

 

Tiger will tee off on Thursday morning as the defending champion.  Will he be able to capture the first back to back victory since Tiger himself did it in the early 2000’s?  I will never bet against Woods because he is undoubtedly the greatest to ever do it, but I also personally enjoy rooting for him.  Will I bet on him to win?  Sadly… no.  Even though the Masters is geared for Tiger Woods. the field is just too stacked, and given the time of year it will not benefit Tiger at all.  He is known for his disdain playing golf in less than stellar conditions and this week could be very wet.  Although I do not have Woods winning this year’s Masters, I will still be rooting for Tiger as long as he is playing.  If you would like to dive deeper in Tiger’s Masters title defense, make sure you check out the latest article from Chris Henrique (a.k.a. the Great Blogino). 

 

Bryson Dominating the Course


The Big Golfer will be the center of attention all week.  Not just because he sticks out like a sore thumb on the tour, but because fans, media, and players alike are all interested in seeing if DeChambeau will break Augusta National like he has done to other courses all season long.  Some would say that all these adjustments, all his bulking up, all his continuous improvements were done with the Masters in mind.  He wants to change the game of golf, and if he can do things on this course that others just cannot, then I think he will change the name of the game even more than he already has.  The Big Golfer reportedly has already overpowered Augusta’s driving range, generating swing speeds over 200 MPH.  My lanta! 

 

The folks over at Data Golf do their Course Fit Tool every week and Augusta National drastically skews towards driving distance and putt accuracy.  Two things that DeChambeau is excellent at.  It also skews away from driving accuracy.  So theoretically Augusta should play massively towards Bryson’s overall game.  But will not having his greens book negatively affect his game?  Possibly, but I do not think that will hurt him as much as the course could help him.  Bryson DeChambeau’s season has been one for the ages.  He has won the Rocket Mortgage Classis and the U.S. Open as well as finished T4 at the PGA Championship.  Will the Masters be the next major for DeChambeau to completely destroy?  Will he be able to out drive any trouble?  I cannot wait to watch and find out. 

 

Sergio Garcia Will Miss Due To COVID


This is not much of a storyline as much as it is a super sad moment for the 2017 champ.  I wish you a speedy recovery Mr. Garcia, I cannot imagine how much this sucks. (I hate you coronavirus)

 

Tony Finau Gets First Win Since The PR Open


Finau continues to play spectacular golf this season, but he has yet to win a tournament since the potentially cursed Puerto Rico Open in 2016.  I am a fan of Tony Finau so I would be thrilled to see him win this thing.  Earlier this season he had a T4 finish at the PGA Championship and in 2019, he finished T5 at the Masters, so he has shown the ability to play well in the biggest events in the entire sport.


Mr. Finau has been seen on social media working on his distance game and playing around with increasing swing speeds.  I cannot be certain that he utilizes a ton of what he has been working on but it a little extra something to look for.  Unfortunately, if you watch Tony Finau play often then you have witnessed more than one collapse at the end of a tournament.  He will have to get over that hump to don the green jacket in 2020.  


Finau is coming off of a disappointing finish at the Vivint Houston Open so here is to hoping he plays well at Augusta this weekend, but anything can happen during Masters Week.  Especially this year.

 

Difference in Augusta National’s Appearance


Watching the Masters in November will just look so different.  Golf fans are used to tuning in to watch the historic tour event in April, the beginning of spring, and now we will all be witnessing the tourney in the midst of fall.  According to some reports the course itself is not looking its usually pristine self.  The spring colors that we have grown so accustomed to will not be there.  Augusta National is known for its vibrant images of the course due to the 350 different types of plants and flowers.  This year we will be seeing autumn oranges, browns, and yellows.  Even with some reports stating its current state, I still believe that the course will look beautiful from our television sets, but I am interested in seeing the cathedral of golf courses. 

 

This year’s Masters Tournament will not be lacking in narratives.  If you hit the rewind button all the way back to April, I was not even sure we would have the Masters to watch this year, so I am very much looking forward to Thursday. 



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