Golf may have returned from its coronavirus-inducted hiatus about two months ago, but the season is finally starting to heat-up! Whilst, many tournaments have been put on hold until next year, including The 149th Open – which was canceled for the first time since World War II – the PGA Championship, the Masters, and the U.S. Open will still go ahead stateside – much to the delight of golf fans around the globe!
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the new dates for the, albeit behind schedule, majors. Read on to find out more!
The PGA Championship
Golf’s first major of the year, The PGA Championship, which was originally scheduled for mid-May, teed-off on Thursday with the final round taking place on Sunday. For the first time, the major is taking place at the lush TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. American Brooks Koepka – who is the joint-favorite in the golf 2020 odds – is hoping to land his third successive Championship. However, World Number One, and joint-favorite, Justin Thomas, who won the competition in 2017, will be hoping that he can rain on 30-year-old’s parade. Spaniard Jon Rahm, and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy – who is on a six-year major drought after his PGA Championship wins in 2014 – will also be hoping to be hot on their tails.
The U.S. Open
Originally scheduled to be held in mid-June, The U.S. Open, which usually serves as the third major of the year, will tee-off on September 17th, with the winner being crowned on Sept. 20th. For the first time since 2006, the tournament will return to the prestigious Winged Foot Golf Course in Westchester County, New York. After winning The U.S. Open in 2011, McIlroy will be hoping to get his hands back on the trophy for the second time in his career and he is the favorite – according to the golf tipster. However, in typical fashion, Koepka – who finished second last year at Pebble Beach after winning the tournament in 2017 and 2018 – Dustin Johnson – who won the competition in 2016 – and Rahm are close behind in the betting.
Branded “a tradition unlike any other”, The Masters is typically the first major of the year. However, in a year unlike any other, the Green Jacket will be presented to the winner in November, a whopping seven months after the originally scheduled date in April. Unlike its major counterparts, The Masters is always held at the same location, the iconic Augusta National Golf Club – a private course in the city of Augusta, Georgia. McIlroy, who is yet to add an illustrious Green Jacket to his wardrobe, is the early outright favourite at 6/1, whilst Rahm, Bryson Dechambeau, Thomas, Koepka, and last year’s shock winner, Tiger Woods, are all bunched together in the betting at about 12/1.
There you have it, folks, but what competition are you looking forward to seeing the most? And can McIlroy finally end that drought? We’ll just have to wait and see!