The world’s best golf players are set to do battle for the first major championship of the season just five months after they last slugged it out for a sacred green jacket. A field of 88 are hoping to write their name in the US Masters history books – and Paddy Power News brings you everything you need to know about the 85th edition of the tournament.
WHEN IS THE US MASTERS 2021?
After last year’s tournament was rescheduled for November due to coronavirus, the US Masters is back in its traditional early April slot. We can expect glorious sunshine, flourishing fairways and lush greens during the four-day fiesta between Thursday April 8 and Sunday April 11.
WHERE IS THE US MASTERS 2021 BEING HELD?
Unlike the other three major championships, the US Masters always takes place at the same golf course – the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia in the United States of America.
The iconic par-72 course was founded in 1932 and the 2021 US Masters plays at a length of 7,475 yards.
HOW MUCH PRIZE MONEY IS ON OFFER?
A prize pot worth $11,500,000 is up for grabs at Augusta. Whichever player emerges as the winner after four days of fierce competition will net $2,070,000. Unfortunately, there is no Par-3 Contest once again due to the coronavirus restrictions.
HOW CAN I WATCH THE US MASTERS 2021?
Golf nuts in the UK can catch all the action from all four days at Augusta on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Masters. The coverage begins with the first round featured groups live from 2pm on Thursday April 8 on both channels.
Thursday April 8 – Sky Sports Main Event/Masters from 2pm
Friday April 9 – Sky Sports Main Event/Masters from 2pm
Saturday April 10 – Sky Sports Main Event/Masters from 8pm
Sunday April 11 – Sky Sports Main Event/Masters from 7pm/6pm
If a highlights package is more your thing then you’re in luck as the BBC will have a nightly show after midnight covering every day of play.
Irish viewers can watch along on Eir Sport 1, with live coverage getting underway at 8pm on Thursday April 8.
WHO WON THE US MASTERS IN 2020?
If you cast your mind back to the cursed year that was 2020 then you’ll remember Dustin Johnson claimed the iconic green jacket with a record score of 20-under-par. If a green jacket wasn’t enough, he also bagged $2,070,000 in prize money – not bad for four days work.
South Korea’s Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith from Australia were tied for second – five shots behind – with Justin Thomas a further three shots back in fourth.
WHO’S THE FAVOURITE FOR THE US MASTERS 2021?
Justin Thomas and 2015 winner Jordan Spieth are available at 10s while we’re offering Spaniard Jon Rahm at 11/1 to win his first major championship. The US Masters is the major that continues to elude Rory McIlroy and he is 16/1 to break his duck.
*Odds quoted are ante-post prices which means that if your selection does not play in the Masters for whatever reason – you will lose your stake under traditional ante-post rules
ARE SPECTATORS ALLOWED AT THE US MASTERS 2021?
The terms ‘fans’ and ‘spectators’ are not exactly favoured at Augusta as ticketholders are referred to as ‘patrons’. Last year, the only people allowed on-site were media, club members and players’ families. A rare bit of good news is that a limited number of patrons will be permitted to attend in 2021 so we can look forward to plenty of ‘get in the hole!’ shouts.
Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said: “Nothing is, or will be, more important than the well-being of all involved.
“While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who purchased tickets from Augusta National will have access in 2022, provided conditions improve.”
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