When the PGA Tour referred to as a halt to proceedings in March of this yr, which meant the next month’s Masters Tournament didn’t happen, who would have thought that six weeks previous to Christmas the world’s main golfers can be teeing-up at Augusta National!
Covid-19 fully ripped the guts out of the sporting calendar throughout the globe however, at a time of yr when golf’s star names are often beginning to wind down following a busy season, in 2020 they’ve needed to hold their minds, physiques and methods absolutely sharpened deep into autumn.
The PGA Championship was staged 12 weeks later than deliberate, whereas the US Open was delayed by three months.
Britain’s Open Championship was cancelled altogether, with the Masters set to tee-off seven months ‘delayed’.
And when the professionals and amateurs arrive in Georgia they are going to uncover vastly totally different circumstances than when the match is staged in mid-April.
Although the temperature will in all probability be not more than 7-8F levels cooler in November, as a result of Georgia is a southern state, different elements will come into play.
The decrease, cooler temperatures will imply the ball will journey barely shorter by means of the air, however the huge distinction might be what occurs to it when it lands on the golf green.
A extra important statistic is that rainfall charts for the area present that the months of biggest precipitation in Georgia are between June and September.
This will make fairways softer and there might be much less run on the ball. Those who’ve performed the course in November have stated Augusta performed significantly longer in autumn than when competing at The Masters in April.
Approach pictures would require extra membership than throughout spring, and to make issues worse there isn’t a compensation to be claimed on the greens.
The similar gamers who reported the course as enjoying longer in November than April, additionally stated placing surfaces remained intensely fast.
Augusta an anomaly
And in relation to the greens, placing stats for The Masters are usually vastly totally different to each different course which hosts tournaments on the PGA Tour.
At common occasions, the common Putts per Green in Regulation for gamers finishing 72 holes is often someplace between 1.5 and 1.9.
However, at The Masters, hardly ever does anybody break 2.0 (Putts per GiR) over 4 rounds and it’s not unusual for some gamers to register + 3.0.
In 2016, Jordan Spieth registered the most effective Putting (GiR) stats of the week with 2.393, when ending joint runner-up.
He was the one member of the highest six to interrupt 3.0 for 72 holes, with champion Danny Willett registering match stats of three.193.
That was a very tough yr for the opponents on the greens however you perceive the final pattern.
The solely participant of the final 5 years to interrupt 2.0 for Putts (GiR) was Spieth when claiming his maiden Green Jacket a yr earlier.
It ought to be attention-grabbing to find what the placing stats might be like for a November Masters however in response to earlier eye witness stories, it could not look loads totally different to regular.
Check out our Scoring Rating for the Last Five Masters (2015-19)
3.08: Jordan Spieth (20)
2.75: Dustin Johnson (16)
2.65: Tony Finau (8)
2.53: Rory McIlroy (20)
2.39: Jon Rahm (12)
2.13: Justin Rose (18)
2.03: Hideki Matsuyama (20)
1.86: Tiger Woods (12)
1.78: Rickie Fowler (18)
1.68: Jason Day (20)
1.68: Brooks Koepka (16)
Min. No. Of Rounds = 8
Click right here to view Full List of Scoring Ratings (and clarification) for Augusta National (2015-19)
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