The first major of the year is approaching at the same speed that Sweden’s Sebastian Soderberg plays 18 holes of golf in (the 29-year-old managed to get around the Dubai Emirates course during a European Tour event in an astonishing 96 minutes). Indeed, it is less than two months to go until the players begin making their way up the famed Magnolia Lane.
So many subplots have developed since the playing of the 2019 Masters that it’s probably fair to say the 2020 edition is going to sizzle right from the off. There seems to be quite a lot of ‘beef’ going on, off the golf course, among some of the players. Indeed, some of the goings-on and trash-talking between the stars of the PGA Tour has been quite bizarre.
None more so than when Bryson DeChambeau accused Brooks Koepka of not having any abs. Yes, you read right that correctly: the 26-year-old called the man-mountain Koepka out for his lack of abdominal muscles. Naturally, Koepka couldn’t stomach Bryson’s cheap shots and wasn’t going to take this lying down and tweeted the perfect comeback, by taking a picture of his four majors with the caption ‘You were right @b_dechambeau I am 2 short of a 6 pack!’
— Brooks Koepka (@BKoepka) January 16, 2020
It may be getting quite strange off the course between these multi-millionaire golfers, but soon the talking and jibing about six-packs will end as they do battle at Augusta National.
It will be no surprise to see Brooks Koepka as one of the big favourites to win the Green Jacket in the latest US Masters 2020 odds. On Betfair Exchange, in early February, you could back Koepka at 12/1, just behind Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, who will also undoubtedly dominate the headlines coming into the event. McIlroy will be the main focus in the build-up for obvious reasons as he only needs a Masters win to complete the Grand Slam.
There’ll be a lot of noise around the Northern Irishman in the months leading up to the Masters. In the past, that’s been known to take its toll on a player that could probably get the job done quite easily in calmer circumstances. There’s no doubt that McIlroy would have enjoyed the squabble between Koepka and DeChambeau given that it temporarily suspended the talk about his chances and whether he would choke or not, as he did at Riviera this month.
Q: How much has working out changed @b_dechambeau‘s golf game?
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) January 14, 2020
And as for Woods, there has been a din around the 44-year-old ever since he came out on tour some 24 years ago. It doesn’t matter how loud it is, the 2019 Masters champion is well accustomed to performing his best when the spotlight is on him. He will certainly be there or thereabouts come the back nine on Masters Sunday.
As for who will win? It has to be Brooks Koepa this time with the burly big hitter eager to get his hands on a Green Jacket. You can indeed expect Koepka to be only one away from having a six-pack come the conclusion of the 84th edition of the Masters.