Post-Lockdown Golf Tournaments We’re Looking Forward to in 2020
It won't be long before we golf fans can settle down in front of the television to watch some of the world's best players recommence battle on some of the best golf courses around the globe. Hallelujah, right?
To act as a welcome reminder of what's in store, we've decided to list the tournaments that (as things stand) are all set to take place later this year in various parts of the world - and there are some real humdingers in there.
Check out the list below and let us know which 2020 golf tournament you're looking forward to most.
Charles Schwab Challenge
Scheduled date & venue: 11-14 Jun @ Colonial CC, Fort Worth, TX
The PGA Tour is set to restart on June 11 in Texas with the Charles Schwab Challenge - a tournament that was originally scheduled for a few weeks previous. The field is expected to include the likes of Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Justin Rose (among many other big names) so it's clear that this is an event not to be missed.
With the first four PGA Tour events being played behind closed doors it's likely the broadcasts will feel a little strange, but for golf lovers everywhere they will provide some much-needed entertainment (there's only so many family zoom quizzes family we can handle).
Scheduled date & venue: 30 July - 2 Aug @ Close House, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England
Tournament host Lee Westwood announced just last week that everything seems to be on course for the British Masters being the first post-lockdown event on the European Tour.
Close House in Northumberland is making preparations for a tournament which will reignite the Race to Dubai competition and although very little is known about the likely schedule there-forward, more will become clear in the coming weeks.
UPDATE: UK Swing announced -> https://bit.ly/3ewJUbY
WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational
Scheduled date & venue: 30 July - 2 Aug @ TPC Southwind, Memphis, TN
Initially the third WGC on the calendar, the WGC-FEdEx St. Jude Invitational looks set to play as the second after the March cancellation of the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Large purses generally equal impressive starting fields so we can expect to see the majority of the world's best golfers tee it up in Memphis. Last year's event was won by Brooks Koepka and the four-time major champ will be keen to contend again.
Scheduled date & venue: 6-9 Aug @ TPC Harding Park, San Francisco, CA
TPC Harding Park will host the first major championship of the year after the postponement of the Masters to November. It will be the PGA Championship's fifth appearance in The Golden State and lockdown restrictions will have done little to dampen the determination of the best players in the world to capture the Wanamaker Trophy.
Quickly developing a reputation as a man for the big occasion, Brooks Koepka secured his second big win of 2019 - and fourth career major title - by two strokes at Bethpage Black. After also winning the tournament in 2018, can he secure the three-peat in 2020?
Scheduled date & venue: 7-10 Sept @ Winged Foot GC, Mamaroneck, FL
The U.S. Open heads to Winged Foot in Mamaroneck, New York, for the 120th edition of the event. For the first time since the early days of the championship the four days of play will take place without any prior qualifying, with only exempt players teeing it up in September.
After a pulsating tournament in 2018 at Pebble Beach, Gary Woodland will defend his solitary major title in the Floridian sun a little later than originally planned in 2020.
Scheduled date & venue: 25-28 Sept @ Whistling Straits, Kohler, WI
Recently Rory McIlroy has poured cold water on the idea of the 43rd Ryder Cup taking place in 2020 with no fans in attendance, but it remains on the planned schedule for now with an announcement expected in due course.
Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington will seek to retain a trophy wrestled from American clutches back in 2018 at Le Golf National in Paris. Steve Stricker will, of course, have other ideas. Whether it takes place this year or next, we can't wait for the greatest team event in golf to finally get under way.
Scheduled date & venue: 29 Oct-1 Nov @ Sheshan International GC, Shanghai, China
The final World Golf Championship event takes place in late October/early November with the WGC-HSBC Champions hitting the fairways of Sheshan International in Shanghai.
It took a playoff to split both the eventual winner Rory McIlroy and 2018 champ Xander Schauffele, with the victory helping the Northern Irishman along a path to reclaiming the world-number-one crown - dethroning Brooks Koepka in the process.
Scheduled date & venue: 12-15 Nov @ Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA
It's the one we're all waiting for. The 84th Masters tournament will take place in mid-November for the first time in its history and, although the azaleas may not be in their usual vibrant full bloom, an autumnal Masters has a real majestic feel about it.
In case you had been living under a rock this past year, Tiger Woods won his 15th major championship - and fifth green jacket - at Augusta National last year. What a day that particular Masters Sunday was!! Can he edge closer to Jack Nicklaus' record this year?
Five Ladies Majors
The LPGA is set to restart their season one month after the PGA Tour lead the way, with the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational in Midland, Michigan on June 15 first up. 21 tournaments are scheduled with 13 having been moved from their previous dates, and this will include all five of the major championships.
The Evian Championship and the British Open will both take place in August, while the ANA Inspiration is pencilled in for mid-September. The fourth major of the year - the KPMG Women's PGA Championship - takes place in October before the U.S. Open rounds off the major season in December at Champions GC in Houston, Texas.
The one obvious omission from the list above is the Open Championship after the R&A's decision to cancel. The 149th edition is now taking place next year at Royal St George's.