Masters 2021: What time does it start, how can I watch and what are the odds?

The 2021 Masters begins at Augusta National on Thursday just five months after Dustin Johnson won his first Green Jacket in the previous renewal last November. 

The first major championship of the year will not quite have the same frenzied build-up attached to it but remains much anticipated. 

Bryson DeChambeau failed to live up to his billing last year but is the one of the pre-tournament favourites along with fellow Americans Johnson and Justin Thomas. 

Rory McIlroy will need a significant reversal of form to complete the career grand slam with a first Masters victory but Lee Westwood is in fine fettle and has a strong record at Augusta. 

When is it?

The Masters gets under way on Thursday April 8. 

What time will the action start? 

Last year’s tee times were slightly different due to the daylight hours in November, but we will back to a more familiar schedule this year. 

When the Masters was held in April in 2019 the first round began at 1.30pm UK time. Full television coverage will not start until much later, although there will be featured group coverage available via the red button. The final groups will begin at 7pm and so the action win finish around 11.30pm UK time. It should be an hour or so earlier on Sunday.

What are the tee times?

The tee times and groupings will be announced early in the tournament week. 

Dustin Johnson of the U.S. is presented with the green jacket by Tiger Woods


Dustin Johnson won his first Green Jacket in November


Credit: Reuters

What TV channel is it on? 

Sky Sports have exclusive live coverage on their dedicated Masters channel. Global broadcast restrictions mean that full live coverage will begin from 7.30pm over the first two days, 8pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday. 

Coverage of the featured groups and featured holes – 11, 12 and 13 as well as 15 and 16 – will begin via the red button  from 2pm over the first two days. There will also be live featured coverage of the 4th, 5th and 6th. 

Alternatively, you can bookmark this page and return on Thursday to follow your favourite players with our live blog. 

What are the latest odds?

Dustin Johnson 9/1

The defending champion and the World No 1. No player has successfully defended the Masters since Tiger Woods in 2002. Was in sensational form late last year but aside from a top-10 at the Genesis Invitational there has not been much to shout about in 2021. 

Bryson DeChambeau 10/1 

The big-hitter did not reduce Augusta to a ‘par 67’ as he predicted last year, but is the reigning US Open champion and won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at a difficult Bay Hill last month. A less noisy build-up this week could be an advantage. 

Jordan Spieth 12/1

An Augusta specialist, winning the Masters in 2015, who has show flashes of his best stuff this year with three top-five finishes. Some of his iron play has been impressive but the odd destructive drive still lurks. 

Jon Rahm 12/1

The Spaniard is a major champion in waiting and has no real weaknesses. Could be the beneficiary of the much feted ‘nappy factor’ after his wife Kelley gave birth to a baby boy. Danny Willett won the Masters in 2016 just days after his wife gave birth. 

Justin Thomas 12/1

The Players Champion and his towering iron shots and right-to-left shape look tailor made for Augusta. His Masters record reads: T-30, T-22, T-17, T-12 and fourth. Things are trending in the right direction. 

 Justin Thomas of the United States lines up a putt on the 15th green in his match against Matt Kuchar of the United States


Justin Thomas is one of the pre-tournament favourites


Credit: Getty Images

Rory McIlory 18/1 

Working with coach Pete Cowen to iron out some gremlins in his swing, and it would be a surprise if McIlroy slipped on his first Green jacket come Sunday evening. Has five top-10s at the Masters so knows his way around. 

Patrick Cantlay 22/1

Super consistent and plays well on classical golf courses having won at Muirfield Village previously. Produced a great back nine burst in 2019 when he finished in the top-10 after shooting 64 and 68 on the weekend.

Xander Schauffele 22/1

Tends to save his best golf for majors but has not shown much in recent starts after going close at Torrey Pines and in Phoenix in the year’s early weeks. 

Brooks Koepka 25/1

Has suffered from injury problems but does have a win and a runner-up on his 2021 results sheet. Yet to win the Masters but has finishes of T-11, T-2 and T-7 in the last three years. 

Collin Morikawa 25/1

A wonderful iron player and last year’s USPGA Champion. Won the WGC event at the Concession in February and ranks first on the PGA Tour for strokes gained on approach. 

28/1 Bar. 

What is our prediction? 

We think the most likely winner is Justin Thomas. He ticks all the boxes: has course form, a victory this season, and the strength of his game is his approach shots which is the most important facet of the game at Augusta National. Will surely win at least one jacket before his career is out.  Morikawa, Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith are other players to keep an eye on. 

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