Here is your guide to this year’s Masters.
As of Monday, there were 88 golfers on the field, either as a former Masters champion, youngest major championship winner, youngest amateur champion, top 12 finisher at last year’s Masters, youngest PGA Tour winner or a member of the top 50 champions had qualified Official Golf World Ranking. Last weekend’s Texas Open was the last chance for any golfer who hadn’t earned a berth to qualify, but winner Jordan Spieth was already a former champion in the Masters field. World number 95 Rickie Fowler, who last missed the Masters in 2010 and is generally doing well in Augusta, won’t play this week after finishing 17th in Texas (he had to win to qualify for the Masters) . .
The field could shrink a bit this week. The status of four-time grand master Brooks Koepka was a popular topic in the run-up to the tournament. Koepka, who has finished in the top 10 in the last two Masters, had a fairly serious-sounding knee operation less than three weeks ago, but showed up for a training round in Augusta on Sunday and plans to play.
As of last year, the top 50 golfers plus draws made the cut after two rounds, a rule that will continue into 2021. Previously, the top 50 and tie plus every golfer made the cut within 10 strokes of the lead. 60 players advanced to the weekend last year, from a Masters record of 65 in 2019 to 53 in 2018 and 2017.
From Monday there was a probability of rain in the forecast for every four days. Temperatures should be approaching the mid-80s on Thursday and showers possible late in the day. Friday has thunderstorm odds all day and a high of nearly 80, and thunderstorms could return on Saturday afternoon and Sunday.
At the Masters there were only five Monday closings, most recently in 1983. At the last Masters in April 2019, the tournament officials had to use two start times with two tees on Sunday for the first time in history due to rain.
After keeping guests off the pitch during the November tournament, Augusta National will be welcoming a limited number of fans this spring. Face covering is mandatory when not actively eating or drinking, and social distancing rules apply.
For the second time in a row, the traditional par-3 competition was canceled due to the pandemic.
How to watch
ESPN and CBS take care of the TV coverage.
Thursday-Friday: 3 p.m.-7.30 p.m., ESPN
Masters.com and the ESPN app will also stream ESPN / CBS coverage along with channels dedicated to the featured groups, holes 4, 5 and 6, Amen Corner and holes 15 and 16. This coverage begins on Thursday at 9:15 a.m. and Friday and 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Ceremonial first tees
Lee Elder, the first black golfer to play in the Masters, will take part in the ceremonial opening strokes early Thursday morning with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
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