Who Will Be The Masters Champion At Augusta This Week?
What an incredible week of sport we have this week. The Premier League of Darts started on Monday with the first set of games, one of five nights of action we have throughout the week. We also see Champions League and Europa League quarter final first leg ties being played on Tuesday through to Thursday while at the weekend, there is the Grand National to look forward to.
However, the focus for today’s article is the fantastic Masters tournament which gets underway on Thursday morning at Augusta National in Georgia. The first Major of the new golf season is always played at this immaculate course and it is one of the biggest sporting events of the year when the world’s top golfers take to the manicured fairways and greens.
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Let’s now take a look ahead to the event in Augusta this week with a look at the long and intriguing history of this event, including a look at the famous course itself and some of its signature holes, some of the tournaments most famous moments, its champions and of course a look at this year’s tournament.
We will of course bring you all our tips for the event for both the win and each way markets and given that the last time we did this for the Players’ Championship in March, we tipped Justin Thomas to win at 18/1 (and he did), we’re hoping our good judgement with golf tips can continue!
A Preview Of The Masters 2021
- Date – April 8-11
- Course – Augusta National
- Purse – $11,500,000
- Winners Prize – $2,070,000
- Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson (USA)
This year’s Masters tournament is taking place at its usual allotted time in the PGA calendar, not in autumn as the delayed 2020 event was. Dustin Johnson took full advantage of some wet conditions underfoot to play his way to the Green Jacket last November and he is back six months later to try and defend the title.
Conditions should be drier and warmer this time around, which will change the condition of the course significantly. Augusta this time around should be a more challenging prospect than in November and those tricky greens will be running very quickly once again.
Patrons will be in attendance this time around, but they will be limited in number and socially distanced across the course. 88 players will be competing in the tournament with the ceremonial tee off taking place at around 6am on Thursday morning to get the tournament underway.
The Famous Augusta National Course & Signature Holes
Augusta was built on the site of a former plant nursery and its legacy is retained through the names of its 18 holes, each of which is named after a plant or shrub that was grown on the site.
- Tea Olive – 445 yards (par 4)
- Pink Dogwood – 575 yards (par 5)
- Flowering Peach – 350 yards (par 4)
- Flowering Crab Apple – 240 yards (par 3)
- Magnolia – 495 yards (par 4)
- Juniper – 180 yards (par 3)
- Pampas – 450 yards (par 4)
- Yellow Jasmine – 570 yards (par 5)
- Carolina Cherry – 460 yards (par 4)
- Camellia – 495 yards (par 4)
- White Dogwood – 505 yards (par 4)
- Golden Bell – 155 yards (par 3)
- Azalea – 510 yards (par 5)
- Chinese Fir – 440 yards (par 4)
- Firethorn – 530 yards (par 5)
- Redbud – 170 yards (par 3)
- Nandina – 440 yards (par 4)
- Holly – 465 yards (par 4)
Holes 11,12 and 13 make up the majority of Amen Corner, a famous section of the course which has seen many a Masters tournament won or lost over the years and which features the tricky Golden Bell par 3, with its narrow green and hole perched just behind a bunker.
Other iconic holes include the fifth Magnolia, a majestic 495 yard par four hole, as well as Firethorn, a very tricky par 5 which tempts players with a second shot, that has them in with a great chance of an eagle, or flirting with water in front and behind the green.
The final three holes are amongst the most iconic finishing stretches in golf, with the par 3 Redbud, followed by the two long par fours Nandina and Holly which always bring the tournament to an exciting climax.
Past Winners In A Qualify Field of 88
A total of 18 past winners will be in the tournament this year and this includes a number of veteran players like Sandy Lyle, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer, Larry Mize, Vijay Singh, Fred Couples and Jose Maria Olazabal.
More recent winners include Phil Mickelson, Danny Willetts, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Bubba Watson and of course, last year’s winner Dustin Johnson.
They will be joined by 70 players, including a number of amateurs, that have qualified for an invite to the event due to any one of a number of different factors such as performance in Major tournaments over the last five years, winning on the PGA Tour, their World Golf Ranking position and their performance in last year’s Masters tournament.
Brooks Koepka should return from injury to compete in the event, but the 2018 Champion, Tiger Woods, will miss out through the injuries he sustained in a car crash a few weeks ago.
Although a smaller field than most Major events, the Masters remains incredibly difficult to win and picking a winner is never easy.
Who Are Our Top Tips For The Tournament?
Having had a good look through the different options with bet365 Sport for The Masters it is not surprising to see the likes of Dustin Johnson (9/1 favourite), Bryson DeChambeau and Jordan Spieth (both 11/1), Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas (both 12/1) and Rory McIlroy (18/1) as the shorter priced options for the win.
In truth, it is hard to make a case for a winner outside this elite group and while back-to-back Johnson wins are possible, I think winning this tournament two years in a row is incredibly difficult. I think McIlroy’s poor form makes him one to avoid here and with Thomas, Spieth and DeChambeau all winning recently, I think the man who is overdue a win, and a Major win at that, is Jon Rahm at 12/1.
The Spaniard has the game, skill and temperament to get the best of Augusta here and if he can find his best form, I think he will be in with a real chance.
For an outside bet on the each way market (which runs to the top eight and equal finishers with bet365 Sport) my tip here would be Tommy Fleetwood. The Lancastrian has played well in a number of American Major championships over the years without earning the top spot, but I think he is good enough to secure at least a top eight finish and at 50/1, he would be a good value each way bet.