Bryson DeChambeau has dominated the headlines since golf’s return from a coronavirus break, proving the doubters wrong with his emphatic triumph at Winged Foot, a course built to demonstrate the limits of his one-dimensional “bomb and gouge” approach.
DeChambeau’s six-shot victory made him a favorite for the Masters, where Tiger Woods’ 12-shot triumph and 18-under-par total in 1997 contributed to an attempt to “Tiger-proof” the courses in response. How well do you recall Tiger’s first major win? #themasters #augusta #golfhttps://t.co/HNBVVNB9Bu- Today’s Golfer (@TheTodaysGolfer) October 31, 2020Speaking after finishing a distant second to Woods, Tom Kite said, “Obviously the Masters committee has to be a little concerned. They’ve got a golf course that’s pretty darn tough, and they’ve got somebody just tearing it up. “Joint course record holder Nick Price added: “It will be interesting to see what they do with their golf course. The answer, first and foremost, was to increase the size of the course, first by just 60 yards in 1999, then by 285 yards in 2002 and by another 155 yards in 2006. Woods was undeterred by the changes, winning his second green jacket in 2001 and defending his title the following year, and although he didn’t perform well in 2003 and 2004, his victory in 2005 was the start of a nine-year streak in which he finished outside the top six only once.Enjoy the premiere of the official 2019 Masters film now at https://t.co/VlktfYOZUc#MastersRewind pic.twitter. com/rYth4AK6lq- The Masters (@TheMasters) April 12, 2020The recent course change that extended the fifth hole by 40 yards for 2019 at least caused Woods problems, as he made bogey there in all four rounds, but that didn’t stop him from securing an emotional fifth Masters title and first major since 2008. And while the par-five 13th could be extended in the future after the purchase of land from neighboring Augusta Country Club made room for a new tee, Rose wouldn’t expect that to make much difference for DeChambeau. “He putts well and hits a high draw of 350 yards, so as far as I can see that’s a good recipe for Augusta,” Rose told the PA news agency. “He’s not that much more inaccurate than the rest of us, so (even) if you put up trees for him, you put up trees for the whole field. Justin Rose (right) has a good record at the Masters (Adam Davy/PA) “He’s hitting about 60 percent of the fairways and I don’t see many other top players doing much more than that,” he said. “He does a great job of hitting balls pretty straight, so I don’t know how you can guard against that,” he said. While DeChambeau’s best finish at the Masters is a 21st in 2016 when he was an amateur, Rose finished second in 2015 and 2017 and missed the cut last year for the first time in 14 appearances.The 2017 Olympic champion lost in a playoff to Ryder Cup teammate Sergio Garcia and hopes his experience will help him cope with the vagaries of the inaugural fall Masters. Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, announced today that the 2020 Masters Tournament will be held Nov. 9-15 without patrons or guests on the grounds.Complete information and FAQs at https://t.co/rSr9YUhCX2 pic.twitter. com/dw3An5T2hq- The Masters (@TheMasters) August 12, 2020 “I know how to play the golf course, I know the strategy I like to see there and how I like to play it,” added the former world number one, who has fallen to 27th in the world rankings. “I’ve always gone in the spring, I’ve never gone when it reopens in October. I’ll probably spend the week before in the area to acclimatize. “We don’t know exactly what to expect from a weather perspective, we don’t know exactly what to expect in terms of the state of the course. I think it might be a more challenging Masters.”