2021 Masters Tournament preview

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Masters Tournament is back in its typical April setting. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was pushed back until November of last year.

However, the latest edition of the event returns to Augusta, Georgia. The golfers on the property at Augusta National Golf Course are vying for an $11.5 million purse.

PGA Tour golfer Dustin Johnson looks on during practice before the 120th U.S. Open Championship
Dustin Johnson looks on during practice before the 120th U.S. Open Championship (Getty Images)

Dustin Johnson is returning to attempt to win his second career Masters tournament. He won the delayed tournament five months ago.

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He won the event with a 268, 20-under-par. This was a record event, as he defeated Im Sung-jae and Cameron Smith by five strokes.

The 85th edition of the Masters’ Tournament is the first of the four PGA Tour majors. While it is the first major on tour, there is a limited number of competitors, as this is an invite-only tournament.

Tiger Woods is one of the former champions, who had an invite to compete in this event. However, due to his crash in February, he is still recovering from very serious injuries near Los Angeles, California.

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Besides the past winners of the Masters, who receive an invite to compete, the recent winners of the additional majors also receive an invite. The winner of the gold medal of the Olympic Games.

The winner of the U.S. Amateur Championship and the Amateur Championship are invited. Plus the runner-up of the U.S. Amateur Championship also receives an invite.

There are several other criteria for other invited players to compete in this prestigious event.

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An American has won the past three Masters Tournaments. Woods and Patrick Reed also won before Johnson’s win last November.

The last international golfer to win at the Masters was Sergio Garcia, who won in 2017. When Garcia won, he needed to go to a playoff to defeat Justin Rose.

Jordan Spieth will attempt to win his second Golden Jacket. He comes into the Masters after snapping a long winless streak.

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After winning the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, Jordan Spieth saw his Masters odds shorten to +1125 as a result according to Sports Betting Dime.

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