We welcome the arrival of November Masters week knowing that after all 2020 has presented us, well ... my goodness, it’s going to feel good to plug into the drama and tradition that the game provides us at Augusta National.
There is no anticipation like Masters anticipation, and this year has given us seven more months of it. Ron Green Jr. says that while things will be different at Augusta, a lot will feel the same once play begins.
At the final pre-Masters tuneup in Texas, 29-year-old Carlos Ortiz of Mexico earned his first PGA Tour victory, coming in two shots clear of a pair of top-20 pursuers – Dustin Johnson (No. 1) and Hideki Matsuyama (No. 20).
Johnson and Matsuyama were joined by world No. 12 Brooks Koepka in feeling good about the direction of their games as they head to Georgia this week.
Following up on his rookie-of-the-year campaign on the European Tour in 2019, Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre produced his first win on the circuit at the Aphrodite Hills Cyprus Showdown.
At the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix, Arizona, Paul Broadhust and Kevin Sutherland battled through six playoff holes before darkness made them stop play. They’ll return to Phoenix Country Club this morning to finish up the competition for the Schwab Cup.
England’s golf courses have fallen silent again for a month due to another lockdown. Disconcerting though that might be, John Hopkins relates that while ultimately unsuccessful, efforts to fight the shutdown augur well for the popularity of the game.
In an impressive debut for an amateur competition, the East-West Matches went down to Sunday’s final singles match at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas. The title went to the West team when Patrick Christovich halved against Nathan Smith to protect his side's slim winning margin.
Finally, Lewine Mair might not be in Augusta, Georgia, this week, but as she recalls in this week’s installment of the Divot, she’s seen things there that might surprise some of us.