A Look Ahead To Golf In 2020
Published on 16/01/20
If you love golf betting, you’ll already be looking ahead to the 2020 golfing action. Tournaments to look forward to include The Players Championship, the US Masters, US PGA Championship, US Open, and the Open Championship. There are also four World Golf Championship events, the FedEx Cup, The Rolex Series, and the Race to Dubai, as well as the 2020 Ryder Cup and golf at the 2020 Olympics.
Check out the dates and some interesting facts for these and other important golfing events in 2020.
Abu Dhabi Championship – January 16-19
This is the first of the Rolex Series Events on the European Tour and its elevated status means it has attracted world-number-one Brooks Koepka on his return from a knee injury. But Tommy Fleetwood has won two of the last three editions, whilst Shane Lowry won the 2019 edition before winning the Open Championship later in the year.
World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship – February 20-23
The PGA Tour continued to embrace its global appeal when moving the first of the season’s four World Championship Golf events to Mexico in 2017, much to the annoyance of US President Donald Trump. But the event still attracted most of the top golfers in the world.
The Club de Golf Chapultepec has also produced top-class winners in Dustin Johnson (twice) and Phil Mickelson, whilst the three runner-ups, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, and Tommy Fleetwood, also suggest the 2020 winner is likely to come from the head of the market.
The Players Championship – March 12-15
There are few more exciting spectacles than the Players Championship. It is held at the Stadium Course at Sawgrass, which is famous for its par 3 island 17th hole.
The event has had its fair share of fancied and shock winners, but it’s interesting that Rory McIlroy won last year after the tournament was moved to an earlier position in the calendar. The course played softer in 2019 than in many recent renewals and similar conditions this year would increase the prospects of another top-class winner.
WGC- World Technologies Match Play – March 25-29
The second WGC event of 2020 returns to the Austin Country Club for the fifth consecutive year. The top 64 players that are available will split into 16 groups for an initial round robin format, with the group winners then facing off in a straight knockout competition. The first three winners at Austin were Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson, suggesting big hitters hold a big advantage. However, after finishing runner-up in 2018, Kevin Kisner ruined that theory when winning in 2019.
US Masters – April 9-12
The fifth US Masters victory for Tiger Woods was the golfing highlight of 2019 and he’ll be focusing on peaking once more for the big event. Woods defeated Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, and Xander Schauffele by a shot last year and all three of those rivals will be amongst the favourites to claim their first green jacket in 2020.
Schauffele makes plenty of appeal at around 25/1 in the ante-post market. Bubba Watson could also be overpriced at 50/1, with the dual green jacket winner having finished 5th and 12th in the last two editions. His price could shorten if he shows any early season form, which he often does in Ryder Cup years.
PGA Championship – May 14-18
The 2020 US PGA Championship heads to TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Brooks Koepka will be bidding to win this major for the third year in a row, but Tiger Woods will also be looking to add to his major haul. He was part of the US Presidents Cup team that enjoyed a big win at TPC Harding Park in 2009, where he won all five of his matches.
Irish Open – May 28-31
The Irish Open is the second of the Rolex Series events and the success of the 2019 Open Championship at Royal Portrush sees the 2020 Irish Open at the Mount Juliette Estate moved to a spot in the calendar where it could attract many of the world’s top players. Graeme McDowell will host the tournament, whilst John Rahm will bid to emulate his hero Seve Ballesteros by claiming a third Irish Open title.
US Open – June 18-21
The 2020 US Open is being staged at the Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. This will be the sixth US Open held at Winged Foot and the previous winners were Bobby Locke, Billy Casper, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, and Geoff Ogilvy. Winged Foot also held the 1997 USPGA Championship which was won by Davis Love III. Those winners suggest the cream tends to rise to the top at Winged Foot Golf Club. But, interestingly, Tiger Woods had a nightmare here in 2012, missing the cut with a +12 score after two rounds.
WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational – July 2-5
The third of the WGC events in 2020 returns to TPC Southwind in Memphis. Brooks Koepka won the 2019 WC FedEx St Jude Invitational, but he may not be quite as keen this year as it has been moved back before the final major of the season – and majors are Koepka’s number one priority.
Scottish Open – July 9-12
Most recent Open Champions have played at the Scottish Open in the week before the season’s final major. But the Scottish Open is not just a warm-up event anymore as it is the third of the Rolex Series Events. However last year winner Brandon Stone could have been backed at 1,000/1. The 2020 Scottish Open will be held at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick.
The Open Championship – July 16-19
The 149th Open Championship will be held at Royal St Georges Golf Club in 2020. This will be the 15th time that Royal St Georges has held the Open Championship, and Darren Clarke was the winner last time it was held here in 2011. In 1993, the then world number one Greg Norman lifted the Claret Jug, but the 2002 winner was Ben Curtis, who was almost unheard of at the time.
That means you shouldn’t be afraid to back an outsider or two at what is largely considered to be one of the trickiest Open Championship venues.
Olympic Men’s Golf Competition – July 30 – Aug 2
Golf was introduced into the Olympic Games in 2016 after an absence of 112 years. Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, and Matt Kuchar took the gold, silver, and bronze medals but none are guaranteed to return at the 2020 Olympics at the Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan.
Tiger Woods has said that he’s like to play but, with the teams for each country not being announced until later in the year, it’s impossible to know who will be playing let alone who might win the gold medal.
The Northern Trust – August 13-16
The Northern Trust will start the FedEx Cup Playoffs and the event will be held at the TPC Boston. Patrick Reed won the 2019 edition at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey, but this will be a new event for a tournament that used to be known as The Barclays.
BMW Championship August 20-23
The second of the 2020 FedEx Cup playoffs also heads to a new venue at the Olympia Fields Golf Club in Illinois. The course I most famous for hosting the 2003 US Open, which was won by Jim Furyk. That suggests this course could favour accuracy over power but there’s also a chance that it won’t be set up quite as tough as it was for a US Open.
Tour Championship – August 27-30
The Tour Championship will bring the 2019/20 PGA Tour to a close, whilst the event is also the final leg of the FedEx Cup. Players now start with a predetermined number of shots advantage over other players, depending where they are in the FedEx Cup standing coming into the tournament.
BMW PGA Championship – Sep 10-13
The European Tour has decided to move its flagship event to September to try and attract the sort of world-class field it deserves. Wentworth is a stunning setting and the par-5 17th and 18th holes means there can be plenty of twists and turns in the final stages. It’s also the fourth Rolex Series Event of 2020.
Ryder Cup – September 25-27
The Ryder Cup has captured the imagination of fans from all sports in recent years as the underdogs Europe have repeatedly beat the odds. But the United States have home advantage this year with the 2020 Ryder Cup taking place at the Whistling Straits Golf Club in Wisconsin. Martin Kaymer won his first major there, so don’t be surprised if the German finds his best form this season in his efforts to make Europe’s 2020 Ryder Cup team.
Italian Open – October 8-11
The 2020 Italian Open will be the fifth of this season’s Rolex Series Events. Bernd Wiesberger won the 2019 Italian Open at the Olgiata Golf Club, but the European Tour states that the 2020 Italian Open is still to be announced.
WGC HSBC Champions – October 29 – Nov 1
The fourth and final of 2020’s WGC Events sees the WGC HSBC Champions continue its relationship with the Sheshan International Golf Club in China. The tournament has produced a few shocks but Xander Schauffele is a player to follow here after winning the 2018 edition and losing to Rory McIlroy in a playoff in 2019.
Turkish Airlines Open – November 5-8
The Turkish Airlines starts a run of three consecutive Rolex Series events that will bring the 2020 Race To Dubai to its conclusion. Tyrell Hatton won the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open at the Montgomerie MAXX golf course, but this year’s venue is yet to be confirmed.
Nedbank Challenge – November 12-15
The penultimate event of the 2020 European Tour season takes place in South Africa at the Gary Player Country Club. Tommy Fleetwood won the 2019 Nedbank Challenge to give himself a chance of winning another Race to Dubai title, and plenty of the world’s best players will be hoping to do the same.
DP World Tour Championship November 19-22
The DP World Tour Championship brings the curtain down on the 2020 European Tour season and last year’s winner John Rahm claimed the title and won the Race to Dubai to collect a tasty $5 Million. The Spaniard is sure to be back to defend his crown but there’s a lot of golf to be played between now and then.