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This time of year was supposed to be mecca for sports bettors and fans alike: the NCAA tournament leading into the Masters, officially teeing off the string of golf’s four majors. Alas, the coronavirus pandemic struck. And our thirst for spring golf went unquenched.

While The R&A has decided to cancel rather than postpone The Open, the other three majors have found new dates. The first will get going in early August. Bookmakers still have open golf sports betting markets for those tourneys’ winners. But major championship golf still remains four months away.

Fear not, however. Not all is lost.

FanDuel offering Masters simulation pool

We won’t have the Masters in April for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1934. Astounding.

But FanDuel is keeping alive the tradition unlike any other.

Through the Masters fantasy golf game, participants can select a lineup of current golfers, past legends and even movie characters. The $10K PGA Sims Free Play Contest will then involve a simulation of the 2020 Masters tournament.

Each hole for every golfer will run through the numberFire simulator, which factors in distance and player skill, among other variables.

Players will have a $60,000 salary cap at their disposal and will use that money to fill out a six-golfer lineup. Lineups lock on Thursday, April 9 at noon ET. Winners of this free-to-play game will receive site credit.

So finally, debates can be settled: Could Happy Gilmore go toe-to-toe with Jack Nicklaus? Could Tiger Woods outlast Roy McAvoy? And how long could Judge Smails last in the same group as John Daly?

Three of four golf majors rescheduled

Organizers have already rescheduled three of golf’s four majors, setting up a monstrous fall lineup:

  • PGA Championship: Aug. 6-9
  • US Open: Sept. 17-20
  • Masters: Nov. 12-15

As it stands, each tournament will admit fans. Similarly, the FedEx Cup will run from Aug. 10 to Sept. 7. To boot, the Ryder Cup expects to take place a week after the US Open.

Combine this with football season, and we are in for one heck of a fall season.

Checking in on golf futures

Many books list Rory McIlory as the favorite in all three majors, a common trend over the past few years. After all, McIlroy remains a prolific player and needs only the Masters green jacket to complete the career grand slam. That said, he has not won a major tournament since 2014.

Other favorites include:

  • Brooks Koepka: four major titles since 2017
  • Dustin Johnson: US Open winner in 2016
  • Justin Thomas: claimed PGA Championship in 2017
  • Jon Rahm: four top-10 finishes at major tournaments over the past two years (no wins)
  • Tiger Woods: 15-time major champion, three shy of all-time record held by Jack Nicklaus

PGA Championship

DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook Fox Bet
Brooks Koepka +800 Rory McIlroy +600 Rory McIlroy +800
Rory McIlroy +800 Brooks Koepka+1200 Dustin Johnson +1100
Jon Rahm +900 Dustin Johnson+1200 Brooks Koepka +1200
Dustin Johnson +1100 Justin Thomas+1200 Jon Rahm +1200
Tiger Woods +1200 Jon Rahm +1600 Justin Thomas +1400

US Open

DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook Fox Bet
Brooks Koepka +800 Rory McIlroy +900 Rory McIlroy +900
Dustin Johnson +1000 Brooks Koepka +1000 Brooks Koepka +1100
Rory McIlroy +1000 Dustin Johnson +1000 Dustin Johnson +1100
Jon Rahm +1000 Tiger Woods +1400 Jon Rahm +1200
Tiger Woods +1400 Jon Rahm +1600 Tiger Woods +1600

Masters

DraftKings Sportsbook FanDuel Sportsbook Fox Bet
Rory McIlroy +650 Rory McIlroy +600 Rory McIlroy +600
Jon Rahm +1000 Jon Rahm +1100 Jon Rahm +1100
Justin Thomas +1100 Brooks Koepka +1200 Brooks Koepka +1400
Brooks Koepka +1200 Tiger Woods +1200 Justin Thomas +14000
Tiger Woods +1400 Dustin Johnson +1400 Tiger Woods +1400

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