We’ve had to wait longer than usual for the Masters this year. The coronavirus pandemic meant that so much of golf’s calendar had to be shifted around, and now at last the Masters is just around the corner, over six months after it was originally scheduled.
Although the Augusta major is usually the first major of the calendar year, this year it will wrap up a 2020 series of majors which was defined by the cancellation of The Open. Nevertheless, both the PGA Championship and US Open have gone ahead, and now the Masters is set to take centre-stage.
Golf fans all over the world will be analysing the 2020 Masters odds in the hopes of picking the winner, but for now, let’s take a look at the last five editions of the major, and the golfers who have claimed the famous green jacket.
2015: Jordan Spieth
It’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since a young Jordan Spieth claimed his first major title with victory at the Masters. It was a win to be proud of for Spieth, who finished four strokes clear of nearest challengers Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose, equalling the under-par record for the Masters with a score of 18 under par. Spieth has gone on to win both The Open and the US Open, with just the PGA Championship missing from his majors set.
2016: Danny Willett
The 2016 edition brought about an unlikely winner of the green jacket, as unfancied Englishman Danny Willett produced the form of his life to win the Masters. While much was made of Willett’s triumph, just as significant was Spieth’s collapse, as he surrendered a five-shot lead with just nine holes to play after leading for the duration of the tournament prior. That didn’t matter to Willett, who held his nerve and secured a famous victory, becoming the first English golfer since Sir Nick Faldo (in 1996) to win the Masters.
2017: Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia’s victory in 2017 proved to be an emotional moment, as the Spaniard finally claimed his first major title after so many years on the Tour. The win came in dramatic fashion, with Garcia winning on a play-off after he and Justin Rose were level at nine under par after four rounds. It was the Spaniard who held his nerve to secure a momentous achievement and the culmination of a fine career in golf.
2018: Patrick Reed
A year later, the winner of the Masters was perhaps not quite as popular as Garcia. Although recognised as an exquisite player, Patrick Reed is an entirely different character, who prefers to keep himself to himself and doesn’t hunt the spotlight. But that does not take away from his achievement in 2018, as he played masterfully to edge out Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth to claim his first major victory.
2019: Tiger Woods
Who could ever forget last year’s moment of glory for Tiger Woods? There were many who felt that Woods would never win another major, that injuries and mental fatigue had rendered him unable to compete at that highest level. But the great of the modern game proved his doubters wrong to win an emotional fifth Masters title, sending the sporting world into a frenzy and proving the old adage that form is temporary, but class is permanent.