Wait For It: 2020 Masters Delayed Until November, Entirely New PGA Golf Calendar

The Masters will not be taking place at its regularly scheduled time this week. Like everything else in the pro sports world, the PGA major event, originally scheduled for April 9-12, was postponed last month.

While events impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic remain to be a never-ending list, there is finally some positive news.

This marks the first time since World War II (1943-45that the Masters have been delayed or canceled.

And it’s not the only event getting a late start. Here is the updated PGA schedule:

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FanDuel Sportsbook + Fox Bet NJ Masters odds

While there is still a seven-month wait, NJ sports betting customers don’t have to wait until the fall.

FanDuel Sportsbook and Fox Bet NJ have released the Masters betting odds on the 2020 outright winner.

Defending champion Tiger Woods is currently +1200. So is Brooks Koepka, who won the ’19 PGA Championship.

In terms of how the two golfers stack up against the rest of the field, here are the current odds:

FanDuel SportsbookFox Bet NJ
Rory McIlroy +600Rory McIlroy +650
Jon Rahm +1100Jon Rahm +1100
Brooks Koepka +1200Brooks Koepka +1200
Tiger Woods +1200Tiger Woods +1200
Dustin Johnson +1400Justin Thomas +1400
Justin Thomas +1400Dustin Johnson +1600
Patrick Cantlay +2200Xavier Schauffele +2200
Xavier Schauffele +2200Adam Scott +2500
Adam Scott +2700Patrick Cantlay +2500
Jordan Spieth +2700Patrick Reed +2500
Justin Rose +2700Bryson DeChambeau +2800
Patrick Reed +2700Hideki Matsuyama +2800
Tommy Fleetwood +2900Jordan Spieth +2800
Bryson DeChambeau +2900Justin Rose +2800
Tony Finau +2900Ricky Fowler +2800
Bubba Watson +3100Tommy Fleetwood +2800
Hideki Matsuyama +3100Bubba Watson +3300
Jason Day +3300Jason Day +3300
Ricky Fowler +3300Tony Finau +3300

Woods has won five green jackets, which puts him one behind Jack Nicklaus on the all-time list.

Dustin Johnson, Koepka and Xander Schauffele finished in a three-way tie for second (one stroke back) at last year’s Masters. Patrick Reed won the ’18 event.

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What about other sporting events?

The PGA is the first of the major sports leagues to announce a revised schedule. The tour season will have one less major this year as a result of The Open being canceled.

The status of the  NBA, MLB and NHL, meanwhile, remains in limbo.

The recent NBA playoff chatter included Atlantic City being mentioned as a possible location. But until the leagues start sharing updated schedules and logistics, the waiting game will continue.

In the short term, the NFL Draft, taking place April 23-25, will fill the immediate NJ sports wagering void.

And, before we know it, Woods will be back on the links.

About the Author

Bill Gelman

Bill Gelman is a veteran sports writer based just outside of Philadelphia and not too far from the Jersey Shore. Bill spends time in Atlantic City writing about casino openings and expansions, special events and world championship boxing at Boardwalk Hall. He is now adding NJ sports betting and online gambling to the mix.