2020-21 PGA Tour – Masters Tournament Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is the Masters Tournament? 8th April – 11th April 2021

Where is the Masters Tournament? Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia

What is the total prize fund of the Masters Tournament? $11.5 million

What television channel can I watch the Masters Tournament on in the UK? This tournament will be televised live on Sky Sports Golf (channel 405)

Where can I stream the Masters Tournament in the UK? This tournament can be streamed live via the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for the Masters Tournament? Check the official tournament website for the latest ticket information

What is the course yardage at Augusta National Golf Club? 7,475 yards

What is the par at Augusta National Golf Club? 72

What is the predicted weather for the Masters Tournament? 27-28c with a risk of thunderstorms and rain on Friday and Saturday

TSZ TIPS

BRYSON DECHAMBEAU

  • Augusta remains an incredibly long course to play and it favours the big hitters which means Bryson DeChambeau has to be considered to win this year’s Masters while his will to win and single-minded attitude makes him even more appealing.
  • Of all the stars at the top of the betting market, DeChambeau has been the most in-form player this season with a victory in the US Open back in September and then a win at the Arnold Palmer just one month ago, and despite struggling around Augusta back in November, conditions are different this time around and he can make the necessary adjustments to contend on Sunday evening.

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JUSTIN THOMAS

  • If there is one player to challenge DeChambeau for consistency this season among the favourites for this weekend, Justin Thomas has been excellent so far in the 2020/21 PGA Tour and he comes off a victory at The Players Championship just three weeks ago.
  • Amid the controversy around an ill-judged homophobic slur back at the Sentry in January, he had a little lull in form after that but has since been in strong and consistent form and after a fourth-placed finish at the Masters back in November, his improving form at Augusta can see him win it this time around.

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CAMERON SMITH

  • One player that is going under the radar ahead of the Masters – particularly for the casual golf fan – is Australian star Cameron Smith who finished tied for second back in the November edition of the Masters and became the first player in the 84-year history of the tournament so shoot all four rounds in the 60’s.
  • The world number 30 finished fifth back in 2018 at Augusta so his second last year was no fluke and he comes into this weekend in solid form having finished fourth at the Genesis, T11 at the WGC at The Concession and T17 at the Players so Smith is a strong each-way candidate at 30/1 to do well this weekend and possibly become just the second Aussie to wear the green jacket after Adam Scott (2013).

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SERGIO GARCIA

  • One veteran who is worth considering each-way this weekend is Sergio Garcia as he is currently playing some superb golf having won the Sanderson Farms Championship, produced a T9 at The Players, followed by some good rounds in the World Matchplay last time out.
  • The 2017 Masters winner missed the last edition of the event due to a positive Coronavirus test and while he missed his last two cuts at Augusta, Garcia is playing some good golf and can produce a top ten finish this weekend.

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BIG HITTERS TO AVOID

I’m not considering Rory McIlroy in this event despite his strong record at Augusta given his troubles with his swing in recent months. He has a new coach to help him work on it but it’s not what you want to hear when predicting the winner of the Masters.

Brooks Koepka is one that was earmarked some weeks back as one to watch as he looks like regaining something close to his best form. He won the Waste Management back at the start of February and then came second at the WGC at The Concession but has since had minor knee surgery. He has not played since then and again, while there were some really positive signs, it is not the best prep to win the Masters.

Jon Rahm is fancied by many to do well this weekend and he has seven top ten finishes in 11 events this season despite not winning an event. He comes into this event buoyed by the birth of his first child – Kepa – and that can occasionally inspire athletes to perform at their best. That said, it is far more likely that all the emotional and physical aspects around it will take its toll and for that reason I’m avoiding Rahm this weekend.

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