The Masters Tournament is almost upon us, with the race for the Green Jacket set to get underway in the coming days.
We are now moving into the back end of the PGA Golf Tour, which is set to run until early August, having teed off in mid-September.
And one of the biggest events, and indeed the first major of the year, is the Masters Tournament, which is played in Augusta each year.
Excitement is building ahead of this year’s edition, and here we have put together all you need to know about the competition.
August National announced on Wednesday that Thursday’s opening day will be delayed slightly.
“Due to thunderstorms in the early morning hours Thursday, gate openings and tee times will be delayed by 30 minutes,” said an official announcement by Augusta National.
“Ticketing gates will open at 7.30am. In addition, the Honorary Starters Ceremony will take place at 8.15am followed by the first tee time at 8.30am.”
When is the Masters Tournament?
The Master Tournament will tee off in Augusta on Thursday, April 7.
It will run for four days in all, concluding on Sunday, August 10.
Is it on TV?
Sky Sports will broadcast the Masters, as usual, in the UK.
Coverage will begin at 2pm on Thursday, April 7, with all the build-up and more ahead of the world broadcast beginning at 8pm.
Over the weekend, coverage will start with a special build-up at 3pm ahead of the main broadcast kicking off at 7.30pm on Saturday and 6.30pm on Sunday.
The coverage will mainly be on Sky Sports Golf, while Sky Sports Main Event will show some of the coverage simultaneously.
Bonus coverage and highlights will also be available on the red button.
We have seen just a couple of changes in the Augusta National course from last year.
It’s worth noting that Hole 11 has been lengthened by 15 yards and Hole 15 has been extended by 20 yards.
The winner of the 2021 Masters Tournament was Hideki Matsuyama.
His Masters win made him the first ever Japanese professional golfer to win a major golf Championship.
There are 88 invitees to the Masters this year, and that includes a number of past winners, which you can see below.
- Hideki Matsuyama (2021)
- Dustin Johnson (2021 - postponed from 2020)
- Tiger Woods (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2019)
- Patrick Reed (2018)
- Sergio Garcia (2017)
- Danny Willett (2016)
- Jordan Spieth (2015)
- Bubba Watson (2012, 2014)
- Adam Scott (2013)
- Charl Schwartzel (2011)
- Zach Johnson (2007)
- Mike Weir (2003)
- Vijay Singh (2000)
- Jose Maria Olazabal (1994, 1999)
- Bernhard Langer (1985, 1993)
- Fred Couples (1992)
- Sandy Lyle (1988)
- Larry Mize (1987)
The prize fund is a juicy one, as you would expect for a tournament of this magnitude.
Here are the top 10 prizes:
The latest odds
Here are the five current favourites of this year’s Masters, as per Bet365:
Joe Rahm - 10/1
Justin Thomas - 14/1
Cameron Smith - 16/1
Scottie Scheffler 16/1
Jordan Spieth - 16/1