Nicklaus predicts Masters changes

23 May 2020 21:20:14 GMTPlus10

Golf icon Jack Nicklaus expects Augusta to play shorter than usual when it holds the Masters in November.

Nicklaus won the Masters a record six times during his legendary career and as a former champion is a member of the exclusive Georgia golf club.

Augusta will host the Masters seven months later than its usual April slot in 2020 and Nicklaus has revealed the differences the players may encounter.

The Golden Bear says that he usually avoids playing Augusta in November due to overseeding - a process where grass seeds are spread on top of existing turf to promote new growth.

Nicklaus anticipates that could cause something of a headache for the grounds team at Augusta who will need to figure out how to overseed while also cutting the fairways short enough to allow "crisp" golf shots.

However, he has no such concerns for Augusta's infamous putting surfaces which he expects to be in even better shape than they would be in April.

Speaking to Golf.com, Nicklaus said: "I try to stay away from Augusta in November, because of the overseed. The fairways are never good then.

"They’re going to have to figure out how to get the overseed in and get it cut short and get it crisp so they can play golf shots.

"That would be the most difficult thing to have in November. I think they’ll try to dry up the fairways. I think the golf course will play relatively short in November.

“The greens will probably be better in November, because they should be drier then. They’ll be able to get the greens firmer."

Rory McIlory is 8.00 to complete the career Grand Slam at the 2020 US Masters.

Last year's victor Tiger Woods is 15.00 to draw level with Nicklaus on six Augusta triumphs in November.

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