It is not yet five months since world number one, Dustin Johnson won the 2020 Masters after it was pushed back to November due to the pandemic. Now, he is set to defend his title beginning on Thursday, April 8 at the Augusta Memorial. Johnson would tee off at 10:30 AM (US time) alongside Lee Westwood and Tyler Strafaci. They are not the first on the line as the round would begin at 7:45 AM (US time).
So many stars would be on the course that day as they battle for one of the most prestigious titles in the game. If Johnson wins it for a second time, then he would be achieving a record only broken by Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002. But it would not be exactly easy for Johson as he is set to face some serious competition on the pitch. Last week he withdrew from the Texas Open, citing that he needed time to prepare for the Masters even though the Texas Open was to serve as a warm-up event for this week’s tournament.
Other players would tee off at different times. Japanese Hideki Matsuyama would tee at 9:48 AM together with Harris English and Abraham Ancer. Irishman Rory McIlroy, who is trying for his first Masters for the seventh time would tee off at 10:42 AM, grouped with Spaniard Jon Rahm and American Xander Schauffele. Paul Casey’s tee time is 10:54 AM while Bryson DeChambeau makes his first putt at 1:36 PM. World number two, Justin Thomas and Tony Finau tee off at 1:48 PM. Texas Open winner and 2015 Masters winner, Jordan Speith, and Colin Morikawa would get to tee off at 2:00 PM.
The round would begin with honorary starters Lee Elder, Gary Player, and Jack Nicklaus who are being recognised for their contribution to the game of golf.