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Brooks Koepka 2020 Majors: World number one ‘setting sights on another successful year’

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It’s been another dominant year in golf for world number one Brooks Koepka. The 29-year-old has been on fine form yet again, and heads into 2020 full of confidence.

The star golfer’s performances have once again not gone unnoticed. With huge prize money and acclaim gained in the past 12 months, Koepka also clinched the PGA of America Player of the Year award for the second year running.

He sits above the likes of Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, winners of the recent WGC-HSBC Champions and Zozo Championship tournaments respectively.

Koepka has been as consistent as ever, and continued his trend of very rarely missing the cut in every competition he plays in.

But 2020 represents another challenge for the man from Florida. He undoubtedly has his sights set on further glory in the major championships next year.

Punters have backed Koepka to continue his superiority on the biggest stages in world golf. 

He’s been given odds of 4/11 by Paddy Power to fail to win any of the 2020 majors. And he’s available at 2/1 to win at least one of the tournaments.

Up first for Koepka and his fellow professionals is The Masters. Augusta National plays host to the famous tournament in April. Serial winner Woods claimed his 15th major championship win at The Masters last time out.

TPC Harding Park in San Francisco then hosts its debut major in May, where Koepka will be looking to clinch a third successive PGA Championship.

The U.S. Open then returns to Winged Foot, New York, in mid-June. And it was Gary Woodland who edged out Koepka for his first major win at the event in 2019.

The four majors are completed when Royal St. George’s hosts The Open a month later, where Shane Lowry will be defending his maiden title.

Koepka’s fantastic PGA Championship win last year was the first time the tournament had been successfully defended since Woods achieved the feat in 2007.

The victory also made him the first player to simultaneously hold the last two titles of two different majors. Those back-to-back PGA Championship wins were accompanied by 2017 and 2018 U.S. Open wins, completing his list of four major victories.

The world number one will, therefore, be aspiring to add to that tally.

He can be backed at 14/1 to win two plus golfing majors in 2020.

It’s currently 90/1 for the 29-year-old to clinch what would be a phenomenal achievement of at least three major wins next year. And finally Koepka is available at 500/1 to secure all four trophies in 2020.

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Presidents Cup: United States battling International side for glory in Melbourne

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The Presidents Cup returns to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club for the third time this week. And the all-important action gets underway on Thursday.

The biennial event pits together some of the world’s best golfers in two separate teams, with The United States Team coming up against The International Team once again.

Rotating between a host venue in the US and one internationally, the event returns to Melbourne, Victoria, this time around, with Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina in the US hosting the 2021 tournament

But all eyes will be on The Royal Melbourne come Thursday.

It’s currently 2/5 for a win for strong favourites USA. The International side can be backed at 11/4, with a draw available at 14/1.

Captains Tiger Woods and Ernie Els have been provided with the top eight players in the Rolex AJGA and World Amateur Golf Rankings respectively. They also have four picks each themselves.

Woods has also brought assistants in the form of Fred Couples, Zach Johnson and Steve Stricker. Els meanwhile will have K.J. Choi, Geoff Ogilvy, Trevor Immelman and Mike Weir alongside him.

Both sides were finalised at the end of last month, with Korea’s Byeong Hun An replacing Jason Day for the International Team after the Australian pulled out with a back injury.

The US have brought a strong squad of players. The likes of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele will all be involved. 

Johnson is currently 6/1 to be the top American overall, with Thomas currently 9/2. Cantlay has been given odds of 7/1 to be the top player in the US team, with Schauffele currently 13/2.

Adam Scott meanwhile has been given odds of 4/5 to be the top Australian involved.

His fellow countrymen Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman can be backed at 7/2 and 23/10 respectively.

Punters have also given odds for the top Asian points scorer throughout the tournament. Hideki Matsuyama is currently 13/10. Sungjae Im and Haotong Li can be backed at 5/2 and 5/1 respectively. And C.T. Pan is currently 10/1.

The tournament will consist of a range of Foursomes, Singles and a Fourball, while a Junior Presidents Cup is also at stake. The top 12 eligible juniors for each side will battle it out while their professional idols do the same.

On one of Australia’s most renowned golf courses, the Sandbelt will play host to what looks set to be an exciting and entertaining event for all involved.

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Hero World Challenge: Rahm to ‘continue winning spell’ at exclusive event?

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The Hero World Challenge returns to The Bahamas once again this year, with tournament host Tiger Woods and defending champion Jon Rahm among those who will be taking part in the end-of-the-year PGA Tour event.

The exclusive occasion at Albany starts on Wednesday, with several of the world’s top golfers ready for action. It’s the fifth consecutive year that the competition will be held in The Bahamas. And this year it will end one day earlier in order to help those participating in the Presidents Cup in Australia the following week.

Rahm is undoubtedly the favourite heading into the event, having won it last year as well as clinching the Race to Dubai last month.

The Spaniard is currently 9/2 to win yet another tournament to add to his fantastic year so far.

However, he will certainly be up against it, with the likes of Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose

keen to get back to winning ways. The US star is currently 12/1 to win, with the Briton available at 16/1.

As always, there is a strong American contingent taking part, and both Justin Thomas and Patrick Cantlay are among those leading the line for the US in terms of potential success.

Thomas is currently 7/1 to clinch the Hero trophy, with Cantlay available at 9/1. Host Woods is 10/1. Xander Schauffele is also 10/1 to claim the exclusive prize.

Webb Simpson is currently 12/1 to finish in top spot. Ricky Fowler and Bryson DeChambeau are currently 14/1 and 16/1 respectively.

Both Tony Finau and Patrick Reed are 22/1 to claim first place, while Matt Kuchar and Henrik Stenson find themselves outsiders at 30/1.

2019 US Open champion Gary Woodland can be backed at 18/1 to win in The Bahamas.

His fellow American Kevin Kisner is currently 35/1.

Past champions Rickie Fowler and Bubba Watson will also be in attendance. The former can be backed at 14/1, with the latter available at 40/1.

This luxurious, exciting event not only features golfing of the very highest standard, but also includes the Hero Shot warm up meeting at Baha Mar. There is also an exclusive beach party, poker night and after party.

But despite all the off-field entertainment, it will undoubtedly be the on-field competition between some of the world’s best in the sport that will take centre stage when the action gets underway on Wednesday.

There is also a serious element to the tournament. Proceeds from the Hero World Challenge will benefit the TGR Foundation and ONE Bahamas Fund. And this will help the local community rebuild their lives after the devastation of Hurricane Dorian.

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