The PGA TOUR season has been building up to this week’s first major of 2021 for the past several weeks, and we should be set up for a great showcase of golf at the most well-known course in the world. The pros are back at Augusta National in the spring for the 2021 tournament, which will have the rare distinction of giving The Masters back-to-back major championship on the calendar since the 2020 edition was postponed until last fall.
Dustin Johnson ($11,500; +950) won that event last November with a comfortable five-stroke margin of victory over Sungjae Im ($8,600; +4150) and Cameron Smith ($8,200; +3500). Justin Thomas ($10,600; +1250) finished fourth while Dylan Frittelli ($6,700; +17500) and Rory McIlroy ($10,200; +1900) tied for fifth. Johnson dominated Augusta National on his way to a record-low score of 20-under. He broke or tied nine different records on his way to a wire-to-wire victory. Some of those records could be due to the seasonal differences, playing in the fall instead of the spring last year, but Johnson is always a threat to win since no one can match him when he’s at the top of his game.
Since Johnson’s win at Augusta, he won the Saudi International on the European Tour but has struggled a little big recently on the PGA TOUR, with just one top-10 finish in five tournaments, a T48 at THE PLAYERS and a failure to advance to the knockout stage at the recent WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. While Johnson has scuffled a bit, Thomas picked up the win at THE PLAYERS, Bryson DeChambeau ($10,800; +1150) won the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Billy Horschel ($7,200; +9000) won the Match Play and Jordan Spieth ($9,400; +1150) finally broke through with a win last week at TPC San Antonio at the Valero Texas Open.
The drought is over. pic.twitter.com/zzl3YLwYab— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 5, 2021
Spieth has had success in the past at The Masters, claiming his green jacket in 2015. Between Spieth’s win and Johnson’s win, Danny Willett ($6,600; +25000), Sergio Garcia ($7,900; +6000), Patrick Reed ($9,300; +3500) and Tiger Woods claimed victories. For each of those players, it was their first green jacket — with the exception of Woods, who turned back the clock to get his fifth career Masters title with a memorable win two years ago. Woods won’t be playing this week after his horrific car accident in February. In other injury news, Justin Rose ($7,200, back; +10000) and Brooks Koepka ($9,200, knee; +2800) are both planning to play, but they’ve battled injuries that have forced them to play fewer events in the lead up to the tournament. Daniel Berger ($8,500; +3500) and Matthew Wolff ($7,100; +10000) have also missed time lately but were able to return for the WGC-Match Play two weeks ago and will play this week at Augusta.
With Berger, Rose, Koepka and Wolff in the field, there are currently 88 players ready to tee it up with Robert MacIntyre ($6,500; +15000), Brian Harman ($6,800; +20000) and Will Zalatoris ($7,300; +7500) playing their way in at the WGC-Match Play. Spieth would have earned a ticket with his win at TPC San Antonio if he hadn’t already been guaranteed a spot as a past champion. For this event, the cut before the weekend reduces the field to the top 50 players and ties rather than the usual top 65 during a typical PGA TOUR event. Last season, The Masters changed the cut rule to remove an additional adjustment to include all players within 10 shots of the lead, so now it is simply top 50 and ties.
The course at Augusta National Golf Club remains the gold standard for courses everywhere. It plays as a 7,475-yard par 72, and layout will be unchanged since we last saw it in November. However, early reports from the course indicate it will be playing much firmer and faster than it did last fall, so don’t look for nearly as many records to be broken this week.
The betting favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook is Johnson by a slight margin over DeChambeau and Spieth, with Thomas and new dad Jon Rahm ($11,000; +1250) rounding out the top five. Rahm’s child was born last weekend, so we don’t have to worry about him having to leave the event early for that reason.
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— Analysis by Zach Thompson
2021 The Masters Playlist
2021 The Masters Details
- Host Course: Augusta National
- Location: Augusta, Georgia
- Par: 72
- Yardage: 7,435
- Greens: Bentgrass
- Broadcast: ESPN, CBS
DraftKings Sportsbook Notable Odds To Win
- Dustin Johnson (+950)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+1150)
- Jordan Spieth (+1150)
- Jon Rahm (+1250)
- Justin Thomas (+1250)
- Rory McIlroy (+1900)
- Patrick Cantlay (+2050)
- Xander Schauffele (+2600)
- Brooks Koepka (+2800)
- Collin Morikawa (+3150)
- Daniel Berger (+3500)
- Paul Casey (+3500)
- Tony Finau (+3500)
- Viktor Hovland (+3500)
- Patrick Reed (+3500)
- Webb Simpson (+3500)
- Cameron Smith (+3500)
- Matthew Fitzpatrick (+4000)
- Sungjae Im (+4150)
- Tyrrell Hatton (+5000)
- Hideki Matsuyama (+5000)
- Lee Westwood (+5000)
- Jason Day (+5500)
- Joaquin Niemann (+5500)
- Scottie Scheffler (+5500)
- Tommy Fleetwood (+6000)
- Sergio Garcia (+6000)
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