Last year’s US Masters needed to be performed in November so Steve Rawlings discusses what we can learn from it when betting on the April 2021 version.
Just how totally different to the norm was the November version of the US Masters in 2020? And how a lot consideration ought to we pay to it when discussing what’s required to win in April 2021, as I’ll do later this week?
At first look, it seems to have performed fairly a bit simpler.
Dustin Johnson’s 20-under-par 268 profitable combination whole was a event document and Cameron Smith, who completed alongside event debutant Sungjae Im, turned the primary man in historical past to shoot all 4 rounds within the 60s at Augusta National (DJ gained by 5 however shot 70 in spherical two).
But if we dig a bit deeper, I’m not satisfied it was a lot totally different to a spring version when the course has been damp and the winds gentle.
Storm was vital however Johnson’s class prevailed
As Dave Tindall highlights in his wonderful tendencies piece, seven of the top-10 in November had beforehand completed contained in the top-five at Augusta.
So there is definitely proof that the course did not play vastly totally different to the way it performs in April. However, the stormy climate on the Thursday morning in November undoubtedly affected the event.
A three-hour delay on the primary morning resulted within the afternoon starters having to return to the course on Friday to complete their opening rounds earlier than starting their second rounds the identical day.
Those drawn AM-PM had a giant hole between the top of spherical one and the beginning of spherical two they usually did not get to achieve the midway stage of the event till Saturday morning.
As it transpired, Dustin Johnson, like many a winner right here, had been drawn PM-AM in order that was enterprise as regular actually and Augusta averaged 71.75 for the week – simply fractionally lower than the 71.87 it averaged in April 2019.
In abstract, the 2020 version wasn’t dissimilar sufficient to earlier editions to start out disregarding the stats and I’m pleased to deal with it like every other renewal.
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You can learn Steve’s full Masters 2021 preview on Sunday night time…