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Less than five months after world No.1 Dustin Johnson won his first green jacket, the world’s best golfers return to Augusta from today, presenting the sport’s most prestigious award there.

After the 2020 schedule has been ruined by the COVID-19 pandemic, The Masters is back to its traditional April slot, with the famous course set to play differently from the one featured in November.

Five Australians – Cameron Smith, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones – are on the pitch, but with Day and Masters Champion 2013 Scott both falling in the rankings over the past two years, neither is considered a favorite.

Perhaps the best placed Aussie leading up to The Masters is Smith, who at 27 is starting to come to his prime and has taken over from the main Aussie player (mullet haircut and all). He has long been seen as a pending major champion and appears to have the best chance of the five of winning Australia’s first major title since Day won the PGA Championship in 2015.

A powerful American contingent stands in its way, led by Johnson and world No.2 Justin Thomas.

While Tiger Woods to be a notable absentee after being hospitalized in shocking car crash at the end of February, his absence comes at a time when the top of the world golf tree is littered with Americans, with a crowd of them having better chances of donning the green jacket.

Johnson and Thomas are the top two picks for bookies, but behind them are Bryson deChambeau and a resurgent Jordan Spieth who broke his long PGA Tour drought with a victory in Texas last week.

HOW TO WATCH

Every four days of The Masters will be broadcast on Gem from 5 a.m. AEST the first three days of the tournament and at 4 a.m. on Monday, the date on which the winner of the green jacket will be determined.

The tournament will also be broadcast on 9 now, with three special additional streams showing Amen Corner, feature groups and the 15th and 16th holes.

TV START-UP HOURS (every AEST hour)

First round, Friday April 9: coverage from 5 a.m.

Second round, Saturday April 10: coverage from 5 a.m.

Third round, Sunday April 11: coverage from 5 a.m.

Fourth round, Monday April 12: coverage from 4 a.m.

STAY UP TO DATE WITH THE LEADERBOARD

Wide World of Sports has you covered, with our match center, which will be updated in real time and include the final highlights of the video.

HOW MUCH PRIZE MONEY IS OFFERED?

Make no mistake, the players who take the Masters course are there for one of the sport’s most prestigious awards, the green jacket. However, the healthy handbag provides its own motivation.

For this year’s tournament, the total purse is north of $ 15 million (AUD), with the winner taking home just over $ 2.7 million.

The top five will all pocket over $ 500,000 for their four days on the job and even those who miss the cup and are home before the weekend (US time) will leave Augusta with over $ 35,000 each.

TEE HOURS (THURSDAY AEST)

ROUND 1

10 p.m. Michael Thompson, Hudson Swafford

10:12 pm Sandy Lyle, Matt jones, Dylan Frittelli

10:24 p.m. Ian Woosnam, Jim Herman, Stewart Cink

10:36 p.m. Sebastian Munoz, Henrik Stenson, Robert Streb

10:48 p.m .: Bernhard Langer, Will Zalatoris, Joe Long

11 p.m. Brian Harman, Ian Poulter, Brendon Todd

11:12 PM Charl Schwartzel, Si Woo Kim, Corey Conners

11:24 p.m .: Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, Kevin Kisner

23:36 Jason day, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ

11:48 p.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English, Abraham Ancer

12:06 Friday Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland

12:18 PM Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

12:30 p.m. Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Tyler Strafaci

12:42 p.m. Xander Sc Chaudele, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy

12:54 pm Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey

1:06 AM Vijay Singh, Martin Laird

1:18 AM Larry Mize, Jimmy Walker, Brian Gay

1:30 p.m. Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger

1:42 p.m. Mike Weir, CT Pan, Robert MacIntyre

3:54 p.m. Jose Maria Olazabal, Matt Wallace, Lanto Griffin

2:12 am Victor Perez, Jason Kokrak, Marc Leishman

2:24 am Fred Couples, Francesco Molinari, Charles Osborne

2:36 AM Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland

2:48 a.m. Shane Rose, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar

3 a.m. Billy Horschel, Tyrell Hatton, Ryan Palmer

3:12 p.m. Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler

3:24 am Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im, Matt Fitzpatrick

3 h 36 Adam scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa

03:48 Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas

4 a.m., Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa

TOUR 2 (FRIDAY AEST)

10 p.m. Vijay Singh, Martin Laird

10:12 p.m. Larry Mize, Jimmy Walker, Brian Gay

10:25 p.m. Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger

10:36 p.m. Mike Weir, CT Pan, Robert MacIntyre

10:48 p.m. Jose Maria Olazabal, Matt Wallace, Lanto Griffin

11 p.m. Victor Perez, Jason Kovrak, Marc Leishman

11:12 p.m. Fred Couples, Francesco Molinari, Charles Osborne

11:24 p.m. Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland

11:36 p.m. Shane Rose, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar

11:48 PM Billy Horschel, Tyrell Hatton, Ryan Palmer

12:06 am Saturday Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler

12:18 PM Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im, Matt Fitzpatrick

12:30 p.m. Adam scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa

12:42 PM Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas

12:54 p.m .: Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa

1:06 am Michael Thompson, Hudson Sword

1:18 a.m. Sandy Lyle, Matt jones, Dylan Frittelli

1:30 a.m. Ian Woosnam, Jim Herman, Stewart Cink

1:42 p.m. Sebastian Munoz, Henrik Stenson, Robert Streb

3:54 p.m .: Bernhard Langer, Will Zalatoris, Joe Long

2:12 AM Brian Harman, Ian Poulter, Brendon Todd

2:24 p.m. Charl Schwartzel, Si Woo Kim, Corey Conners

2:36 a.m. Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, Kevin Kisner

2h48 Jason day, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ

3 a.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English, Abraham Ancer

3.12am Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland

3:24 am Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Christiaan Bezuidenhout

3:36 a.m. Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Tyler Strafaci

03:48 Xander Sc Chaudele, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy

4 a.m. Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey

ODDS (via Sportsbet)

$ 10: Dustin Johnson

$ 11: Justin Thomas

$ 12: Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth

$ 13: Jon Rahm

$ 17: Rory McIlroy

$ 23: Patrick Cantlay

$ 26: Brooks Koepka, Xander Sc Chaudele

$ 29: Collin Morikawa

$ 34: Viktor Hovland

$ 36: Patrick Reed

Australians

$ 31: Cameron Smith

$ 51: Jason’s Day

$ 61: Adam Scott

$ 101: Marc Leishman

$ 151: Matt Jones

WINNERS SINCE 2000 (find out more about each of these here)

2000: Vijay Singh

2001: Tiger Woods

2002: Tiger Woods

2003: Mike Weir

2004: Phil Mickelson

2005: Tiger Woods

2006: Phil Mickelson

2007: Zach Johnson

2008: Trevor Immelman

2009: Angel Cabrera

2010: Phil Mickelson

2011: Charl Schwartzel

2012: Bubba Watson

2013: Adam Scott

2014: Bubba Watson

2015: Jordan Spieth

2016: Danny Willett

2017: Sergio Garcia

2018: Patrick Reed

2019: Tiger Woods

2020: Dustin Johnson

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