The 2020 golf season looks set to be another action-packed year with the Tokyo Olympic Games and Ryder Cup adding an extra dimension to the four majors that the world’s best golfers will be craving to get their hands on.
The Masters, PGA Championship and US Open will be the focus of attention from May to July, before attention turns to the Summer Games for what will be the second time golf has featured in the Olympics after debuting in 2016.
Then it is the Ryder Cup that will be the center of attention in September. The United States and European teams will battle in the bi-annual event as America bids to regain the trophy at Whistling Straits.
Our Essential Golf guide to the big events is below, so mark them in your calendar!
US Masters (April 9-12)
Will there be the same sort of drama this year as Augusta National played host to in 2019? That was, of course, because Tiger Woods returned to the big time and won his 15th major as he donned the famous green jacket once again for the first time since 2005. How can Augusta possibly top that story this year? We’ll have to wait and see in the first major of the year.
PGA Championship (May 14-17)
The PGA Championship moved to the May slot for the first time last year and now settles into the role of being the second major of the year. TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California, stages the 102nd PGA with world number one Brooks Koepka the defending champion having won the event for a second time when triumphing at Bethpage Black last year. It will be TPC Harding Park’s first major hosted.
US Open (June 18-21)
Once again taking place across Father’s Day weekend, the 2020 US Open will be staged at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. It is the sixth time the course has hosted the US Open, the most recent being in 2006 when Geoff Ogilvy won the title. Gary Woodland will be the defending champion in 2020 when he tees it up at Winged Foot, which has also staged the PGA Championship once previously.
The Open Championship (July 16-19)
The 149th Open Championship heads to Royal St Georges Golf Club, also known as Sandwich. Shane Lowry will be bidding to lift the Claret Jug once again having won at Portrush in 2019, and he will do so at a course where his fellow Irishman Darren Clarke won the title the last time the Open was staged at Royal St Georges in 2011. This year will be the 15th time the Open has been held at Sandwich.
Tokyo Olympic Games (August 6-9)
Justin Rose created history winning the gold medal when golf returned to the Olympic Games roster at the Rio Games in 2016, and his success will only add to the clamour for players to represent their countries in Tokyo in 2020. It will act as the year’s fifth major and an intriguing week in Japan is in store.
Ryder Cup (September 25-27)
The 2020 Ryder Cup heading to Whistling Straits as the United States bid to regain the trophy from their European counterparts. It was a comprehensive 17.5-10.5 victory for Europe at Le Golf National in Paris in 2018, but can they repeat the feature on American soil? Steve Stricker will lead the United States team into battle against the Padraig Harrington-led European team. It is 9-3 to Europe from the last 12 Ryder Cups, and the hosts will have a point to prove.