As another year begins, many of us are just settling back into our usual working routine. The festive period most probably feels like a distant memory but, fear not, we're here to remind you of all the great golf ahead in 2020. Not all superheroes wear capes you know!!
So, without further ado, check out these six separate 2020 golfing highlights and let us know what you're looking forward to most in the next 12 months.
The Masters 2020... Obviously
Date: April 9-12
No matter the year, The Masters will always feature highly on every golfer's list of must-see sporting events. Augusta National plays host to the most eagerly anticipated major championship of the year each and every April, and we're already counting the days.
Can Tiger grab a sixth Green Jacket? Could we see another maiden major champion crowned in Georgia, as was the case in four of the last five Masters tournaments? Just like you, we cant wait to find out.
149th Open Championship
Date: July 16-19
Royal St George's in Kent takes centre stage in July for the 149th Open Championship with Irishman Shane Lowry looking to defend the Claret Jug at the most prolific Open venue in England.
The last time the golf course hosted the event, the hugely popular Northern Irishman Darren Clarke won his sole major championship holding off Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson in the process.
Fancy hitting driver like the 2011 champion? Check out these tips below...
2020 Ryder Cup @ Whistling Straits
Date: September 25th-27th
The greatest team event in golf takes place once again this year with Team USA looking to wrestle the Ryder Cup back from European clutches on home soil. With Whistling Straits in Wisconsin playing host to the best golfers on both sides of the Atlantic, can Steve Stricker drive his side on to success?
Last time out at Le Golf National in Paris, Team Europe regained the trophy quite emphatically with a comfortable 17.5 - 10.5 scoreline.
As a little appetiser for this year's Ryder Cup, both captains met on Whistling Strait's iconic 17th hole for a 14 club challenge. Who won? Find out below...
Justin Rose's Olympic Defence
Date: July 30 - August 2
There was quite a bit of scepticism when it was announced that golf would return from more than 100 years in the Olympic wilderness at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The pride with which every golfing Olympian spoke of the entire Olympic experience has led to a far more accepting golfing public, and a resultant strengthening of the field. The tournament itself was quite an entertaining spectacle as Englishman Justin Rose won the gold in 2016 for Team GB.
He'll have a real fight on his hands this time around to defend his crown...
Sensational Summer of Ladies Golf
In April, the week prior to the first men's major of 2020 we can all enjoy the ANA Inspiration tournament take place in the Californian sun. This tournament plays as the first of five majors in the ladies game each year, with the remaining four taking place during the Summer months of June-August.
Two particular standouts: the U.S. Open at Champions Golf Club in June will see South Korean Lee Jeong-eun defend her sole major title, and the AIG British Open takes place at Royal Troon in August. These events have the highest purses of 2020 ($5.5M & $4.5M respectively).
Japanese rookie Hinako Shibuno won last year's British Open in fine style...
Tiger Stalking PGA Tour & Majors Records
The standout highlight of the 2019 golfing year was undoubtedly Tiger Woods' return to his major-winning best at Augusta National.
Now that he has proved the golf world - and himself - that he has the game to mix it with the world's greatest golfers in the four biggest tournaments of the year, we are itching to find out if the can grab one (or more) of 2020's majors. With only 3 majors between himself and the 'Golden Bear' Jack Nicklaus, we are optimistic that, given time, Tiger can rewrite the history books once more.
He can also break Sam Snead's PGA Tour record with a single win in 2020...
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