British Masters 2020 odds

Who wins British Masters 2020?

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British Masters 2020

The British Masters was founded in 1946 and made a return to the European Tour schedule in 2015. One of the changes to the tournament when it restarted was the introduction of a leading British golfer choosing the golf course and hosting the event. Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood have all had the honour of hosting the British Masters.

The 2020 British Masters will see a previous host return and Lee Westwood once again has the honours of hosting and choosing the venue. The three time European Tour Golfer of the Year has selected Close House near Newcastle upon Tyne, England. This is the same golf course Westwood choose in 2017 and it was Ireland’s Paul Dunne who came out on top that year, with Rory McIlroy in second place.

However, this years’ event is going to be a little different to previous British Masters as the tournament will be held behind closed doors. The European Tour was suspended due to the outbreak of coronavirus but is returning with a new six-week ‘UK Swing’. The British Masters 2020 Is the first tournament to be played under the new schedule and will be held between Wednesday July 22 and Saturday July 25. This is a week earlier than it was initially planned at the beginning of the European Tour season.

At the time of writing, it is not easy to pick out the potential favourites to win the British Masters 2020 as the field is not yet known. Westwood will of course be in attendance and the Ryder Cup winner is hoping for another strong field despite the circumstances. The Englishman has already enjoyed success on the European Tour this year, winning the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by 2 strokes in January. Westwood knows what it takes to win the British Masters, having done so at The Belfry in 2007 by a convincing 5 strokes over Ian Poulter.

The defending champion is Marcus Kinhult, who won his first and only professional tour victory to date at the 2019 British Masters. Therefore, it seems unlikely Kinhult will retain his title and you must go back to Greg Norman in 1982 to find the last player to win the tournament back to back.

One man who has suggested he is going to prioritise the European Tour swing in the United Kingdom is Eddie Pepperell. He finished tied for 2nd place last year and is searching for his first European Tour win since October 2018. Interestingly, that victory came in the British Masters and Pepperell has clearly enjoyed playing in the tournament in recent years. The Englishman must be a good bet to succeed at Close House.

Tommy Fleetwood is another leading player who seems set to participate in the 2020 British Masters. The two time major championship runner up remains in the United Kingdom having recently played in the Paddy Power Golf Shootout. Fleetwood finished second in the 2019 Open Championship and will be hoping to go one better at the British Masters 2020.