Augista, Ga. – Someone will slip into one of Augusta National Golf Club’s green jackets as the champion of a Masters tournament on Sunday that the coronovirus epidemic delayed seven months.
Dustin Johnson would enter the final round at 16-under par, giving him a commanding four-shot lead. But just below that on the leaderboard is a tight competition. Abraham Ensor, Sungje Im and Cameron Smith, all 12 equal, are in second place. Dylan Fritelli is behind him with a shot, just as Justin Thomas followed Fritelli with the same margin.
Agusta National officials expect the tournament to be scheduled until midnight, much earlier than usual due to previously scheduled NFL games that follow the TV broadcast on CBS.
One thing that hasn’t changed in 2020: the Masters Purse.
Augusta will award $ 11.5 million in prize money to professionals playing the national tournament, the same as last year. The winner will earn approximately $ 2.1 million (with a green jacket, lifetime entry to the tournament and an annual invitation to dinner), while the runners-up will be paid more than $ 1.2 million. Even the player of the tournament’s 50th place will receive a handsome payout of $ 28,980.
The Masters’ purse is the largest in golf, although the United Open awarded the winner $ 12.5 million in prize money, including $ 2.25 million to the winner after the tournament in September.
The Cameron Champion starts hot.
Masters rogue Cameron Champion added his first three holes to the vault on the first page of the leaderboard, but gave those shots back to triple bogeying fourth. At the BMW Championships in August, the champion, who is birial, wore a black golf shoe and a white to protest police brutality against black people after Jacob Blake’s police shooting. The New York Times last month talked about racial injustice and how it sees the Masters with its Old South roots.
As he prepared for his Masters debut only last month, Champ saw no reason to keep Augusta National accountable for a secessionist history, similar to the one endowed by his paternal grandfather, in the vicinity of Houston. Courses had cadid that would not allow him to play.
“Growing up, you don’t really learn that stuff until you grow up,” Champion said in an interview last month.
“It’s clearly a super historic tournament and something that obviously still means a lot to me,” he said. “I don’t think it needs to be overcome. I think it’s just to do with time. Now we’re in different times, things have changed.”
As a boy in South Korea, Sungjei Im will stay overnight in early April. This was the only way he could see the Masters as it unfolded.
It is now South Korea that will remain for Im, who started four strokes behind Dustin Johnson in the Masters this year and in a three-way tie for second.
“I know a lot of people have come back home and are not sleeping to see the Masters,” he said through an interpreter on Saturday. “I want to stay afloat and make sure I make them strong so that I can make them happy.”
History suggests that it will not be easy. No first-time player at the Masters has won the tournament since 1979, when Fuzzy Zoeller earned his green jacket. But Im, who first played at the Augusta National on Monday, said he was comfortable with the course. Pointing to the fairway from each tea box, he said, he is able to see his strategy easily.
He said, “I can see where to kill it and where not to kill it.” “I think that’s why I feel comfortable playing here.”
His group on Sunday includes Johnson and Abraham Aniser, who are also making their Masters debut.
Bryson is not DeChambeau Completely Out of things.
Say what you want about Bryson Dechambu, but man can make a recovery.
A catastrophic second round left Dechambu, a favorite of the praetorium, on Saturday morning at the cut. He didn’t wilt: He scored 69 on Saturday, his best round of the tournament, and was tied for 29th overall.
A comeback to win this year’s green jacket is highly unlikely – the tournament’s record after 54 holes, set by Jack Burke Jr. in 1956, is eight strokes – but DeKambo is still very reliable, as he recently It may have seemed.
Dechambu started with a bogey in the 10th hole on Sunday, but finished par-5 at No. 13, where he posted a double bogey in the second round.
The 14th hole is another where DeChambeau is toggled in this week’s result: birdie, par and bogey. Once he makes it for the third hole, to see if he has left him with a triple bogey on Friday and almost completely out of his tournament.
Any success for DeChambeau could be crucial to whether his detour, which he said began Thursday night, has been resolved. He stated that he had tested negative for coronovirus.
“Every time I bent and came back, I wanted to ease my stand a little bit,” DeChambeau said on Saturday. “So I don’t know what’s going on. I have to go do some blood work and get an investigation done and find out what’s going on for this off-season.”
Fog delayed early Sunday
A dense fog engulfed the Augusta area on Sunday morning, causing a delay of 10 minutes for all tee times. Until Rory McClory, Brooks Kopka and Tommy Fleetwood made their shots no later than 9 am.
The fog started ten minutes earlier with the groups listed below.
Eventually, forecasters said, Augusta would see a partly sunny day with highs of 80 degrees.
The final round on CBS will begin at 10 a.m., starting earlier than normal Sundays, with a 3 o’clock finish and a green broadcast before adjusting for the Green Jackets presentation to give way to NFL coverage at 4 p.m.
Big losers this year? Ticket Scalpers.
To reach Augusta National Golf Club from the city on Sunday morning, you fired past restaurants, retailers, and even a church with a sign declaring “Sign in the Master House”.
Absent: Ticket Scalar. Typically a staple of Augusta during Masters Week, especially near Interstate 20, resellers have no tickets to sell as the club has banned patrons, as fans have known the tournament this year.
“The Masters is really, in my estimation, the biggest ticket in the world,” said James DiGelio, a ticket broker who estimates that about 40 percent of his tournament business is from the same club, the same club every year. Is held in “This is a lifetime event for a lot of people.”
Club officials hope fans will be able to return next year, but have not made any guarantees. And the collapse of the resale market around Masters is a symptom of major issues in the ticketing industry at a time when there are very few live events.
Tiger Woods still feels the weight of previous masters.
Tiger Woods, the defending Masters champion, got emotional watching a dinner of previous winners on Tuesday night.
“He said he was on his way to the golf course, and had to stop because he had tears in his eyes and stopped for a while on the road because a lot of memories were passing through his mind very quickly,” Gary Player at Augusta National The three-time winners were recalled on Thursday.
Jack Nicklaus, who won the Masters six times, shared the player’s assessment: “I have never seen Tiger like this. but it was good.”
Woods, who has been seeded 20th and is entering the five-and-under round, will need to steel his nerves for Sunday, when he ties Nicklas’ Masters record or someone else at Augusta National’s Will present Green Jacket. He posted an even-par 72 on Saturday, which was his highest round of the tournament this year, and said he was not thinking about Sunday’s possible sentiments.
“I was focused on trying to get myself into the controversy that was going on yesterday,” Woods said.
“We’ll see how emotional it will be after tomorrow’s round,” Woods said.
Soft greens reward aggressive games.
Augusta National was burned with rain last week, saturating and slowing down the greens, which are usually lightning fast. As a result, players were able to hit pins on 3-par. In the first three rounds, Dustin Johnson played the four shortest holes at 4-under. His closest challengers also performed well on him: Sungje Im (2-under); Abraham Anuser, (4-under); Cameron Smith, (3-under); Dylan Fritelli (even par) and Justin Thomas (2-under).
“With conditions softening, you can be really aggressive no matter what club you have on your hands,” Johnson said.
The Green Jacket ceremony will be 2020-ified.
It’s not long now, someone is being presented with one of the green jackets that Augusta National has offered a Masters winner every year since 1937 (and, as we wrote this week, That anyone – including you!) Sometimes buy on the auction block).
The Green Jacket ceremony will, as usual, take place in the Butler cabin. But Augusta National chairman Fred S. Ridley said people watching from the house would see more room than usual because the contestants, Tiger Woods, the reigning champion, would stretch far according to social distance guidelines.
“We would be the same people in the cabin with the same basic function, but I think we can do it appropriately,” Ridley said.
A typical part of Sunday’s festivities, however, will not happen: there will not be a ceremony on the 18th green, mostly, Ridley said, because the event is designed primarily for spectators who are participating in the tournament .