We still have a long time to go until the 2020 Masters takes place in April, but we already know some of the golfers who will be playing in the prestigious event. Now that all four of 2019’s majors are in the books after Shane Lowry’s victory at the British Open, we turn our attention to that first major of 2020. Here’s a recap of the 2019 majors and what we can expect at the Masters in April. Tiger Woods shocked the world at Augusta by winning in April. Next year’s Masters will have a hard time to top this year’s in terms of storylines.
Tiger Woods surprises at the Masters
The golf world was stunned in April when Woods came out of nowhere to win his fifth green jacket at Augusta and claim his first major since the 2008 U.S. Open. Woods trailed the leader by two after the third round and shot a 70 on Sunday to finish the tournament at -13 to win by a single stroke. It was Woods’ 15th career win at a major.
Brooks Koepka dominates the PGA Championship
The PGA Championship was next up the majors calendar this year, and Woods was unable to follow up his Masters success at the PGA as he missed the cut. Brooks Koepka was the story of the tournament. He shot a seven-under 63 in the first round, and he never looked back after that. He topped the leaderboard after every round.
Koepka had a seven-stroke lead heading into Sunday, and it was a good thing he had such a big cushion. He shot a four-over 70 in the final round, but he still won the tournament at -8, two strokes better than runner-up Dustin Johnson. It was Koepka’s fourth career major and second straight PGA Championship title.
A first-time champ at the U.S. Open
The U.S. Open was the third major on the docket in 2019, and Koepka was in contention to win back-to-back majors. Justin Rose got out to a fast start with a six-under 65 in the first round, but Gary Woodland made a move up the leaderboard on Friday when he shot a 65 to take the lead at -9 heading into the weekend. Koepka was five strokes off the pace after Friday. Woodland went to -11 heading into the final round, and a 69 on Sunday solidified his victory at -13, with Koepka coming in second place at -10. It was Woodland’s first career major championship.
A European wins the British Open
The British Open rounded out the four majors for the year, and the U.S. Open champ was never in contention. Woodland missed the cut so he, too, failed to win a second major for the year. J.B. Holmes took the first-round lead at -6, with Lowry in second just a stroke back at -5. The two were tied for the lead at -8 heading into the weekend, and Lowry shot an eight-under 63 on Saturday to take a four-stroke lead at -16 going into the final round. A one-over 72 on Sunday, putting him at -15, was good enough to give the Irishman his first career major title.
Looking ahead to the 2020 Masters
There are several ways that a golfer can qualify for a Masters invite, including winning any major in the last five years, winning any Masters, finishing in the top 12 of the previous Masters, or being in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking at the end of the previous calendar year. With that in mind, here are some of the notable competitors who have already qualified for next year’s Masters:
- Rickie Fowler
- Sergio Garcia
- Dustin Johnson
- Brooks Koepka
- Shane Lowry
- Rory McIlroy
- Phil Mickelson
- Justin Rose
- Jordan Spieth
- Gary Woodland
- Tiger Woods