The Masters is set to play in November and these five sleepers have a shot to win and put on the iconic Green Jacket.
Seven months after Augusta National Golf Club normally opens the gates for The Masters, the 2020 quest for the Green Jacket will tee off on Thursday, Nov. 12. The postponement due to COVID-19 promises a Masters Tournament unlike any before. But from Amen Corner to all the memories that Augusta conjures, it remains “a tradition unlike any other.”
Over the many years of The Masters, the major championship has served as the opportunity for players to make a name for themselves. Who can forget longshots such as Angel Cabrera and Charl Schwartzel putting on the Green Jacket, or even Danny Willett in 2016? While that may be true, though, the only true sleeper among the past eight winners is Willett.
Aside from that, big names and predominant betting favorites have dominated the conversation at Augusta. But for a November tournament where rain is in the forecast — and with the way 2020 has played out to this point in every other capacity if we’re being honest — perhaps a sleeper could once again emerge as the victor of the final major championship of this calendar year.
Admittedly, there is an element of the unknown with The Masters in 2020 because of the timing and the looming weather. We don’t know how it’ll affect the course and how different things will play in comparison to the traditional April start. What we do know, however, is that a strong approach game and course history are two key factors in determining a champion. Moreover, the ability to take advantage of the par 5s with great length off the tee could be critical as well.
Based on the odds and the fact that we’re looking at sleepers who have worse than +4000 odds to win The Masters, Tiger Woods (+4500) effectively qualifies. You can never count him out but, given that he’s the past champion, has been in bad recent form and is Tiger freaking Woods, he won’t be listed as a dark horse.
These five golfers, however, are five great sleeper picks who could win The Masters in 2020 and put on the Green Jacket, with odds via GolfBet on The Action Network. All stats are via PGATour.com unless otherwise noted.