In normal times the 2020 Masters Tournament would have been a distant memory by now. We would have known whether Tiger Woods had defended his 2019 title and had claimed his 6th green jacket or the victory had gone to another player, perhaps looking for his first major.
However, the pandemic has brought about a new reality: The Masters in November! Are you nuts? The Masters is normally an April event with the azaleas in full bloom and winter’s chill giving way to the warmth of spring. Like it or not, these are the cards we were dealt so let’s make the best of it.
Honestly, temperatures in Augusta, Georgia during November are similar to April. The mornings will be cooler but the daytime highs are in the mid to upper 60’s.
However, one big difference will be the shorter days. In April, sunset takes place around 8pm; in November the sun goes down at 5:30pm. This may result in an earlier start each day and players on split tees to get more golfers on the course.
The winds differ, too. In April prevailing southerly winds dominate spring weather: in November these breezes will come from the north creating a new environment. This means holes that normally play downwind in April will be into the wind during this year’s event. Participants will need to adjust their strategies on some holes to allow for the change in wind direction.
Furthermore, those familiar with the Augusta National say it will likely play shorter this year due to the winter overseeding. This should make the fairways and greens firm and dry.
Whatever the case, The Masters is still The Masters. Though we won’t see flowering azaleas and spectators may still be wearing masks, the tournament will be played and we will watch the action unfold as it does every year.
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