Masters 2021 LIVE: Leaderboard, UK start time, live stream, TV channel, tee times as players tee off from 1st at Augusta

Masters 2021 LIVE: Leaderboard, UK start time, live stream, TV channel, tee times as players tee off from 1st at Augusta

April 8, 2021

THE MASTERS is UNDER WAY at Augusta National.

Because of Covid, just six months ago we witnessed Dustin Johnson obliterate Augusta to win a first Green Jacket in stunning, record-breaking fashion. Can DJ repeat the feat?

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  • TV CHANNEL: Sky Sports Masters will be showing the Masters live in the UK
  • Global broadcasting restrictions mean that full live coverage will begin from 7.30pm over the first two days then 8pm on Saturday and 7pm on Sunday.
  • Though featured live coverage can be shown from 2pm each day.
  • LIVE STREAM: Now TV – Sky Sports Masters

Stay up to date with every shot from Augusta in our live blog…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    NEWBORN

    World number three John Rahm welcomed his first son into the world earlier this week.

    What a week it would be for him if he pulls on a green jacket within seven days of his son being born!

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    SCORES ON THE DOORS

    It's very early days but let's have a scoreboard check after forty minutes of play.

    Hudson Swafford, Sandy Lyle and Matt Jones are the early leaders, while Dylan Frittelli is not off to the best of starts.

    He's two over par at the moment.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FEATURED GROUPS

    While the tournament itself is underway the countdown is well and truly on for the start of the featured groups at 3:06pm.

    Bubba Watson (US), Brooks Koepka (US) and Viktor Hovland (Nor) are in that group before reigning champion Dustin Johnson tees off at 3:30pm.

    Lee Westwood and amateur Tyler Strafaci are the other men in his group.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PLAYING ON ONE LEG

    Brooks Koepka underwent knee surgery just THREE weeks ago, but is competing at Augusta this weekend.

    He claims it hasn't affected his golf swing, but it has affected how he can bend down to check out the greens.

    Expect more of this unorthodox technique from the American over the course of the tournament.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MCILROY'S MASTERS MISFORTUNES

    Rory McIlroy is searching for his first major title since 2014 this weekend, and a Masters triumph would secure a Grand Slam of major titles.

    McIlroy has previously won the PGA Championship, US Open and The Open Championship, but has never pulled on the green jacket at Augusta.

    He's aiming to become just the sixth man to win all four tournaments, as Sporting Index break down his performances at Augusta.

    Their research predicts the Northern Irishman to finish TWENTY-SEVENTH this year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FIRST HOLE

    The first two players have completed the first hole of the 2021 Masters.

    It's a par four hole, with Hudson Swafford making par and Michael Thompson shooting one over for a bogey.

    It's very, very early days though…

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    SECOND GROUP OFF

    The second group have just teed off at Augusta as the first round begins to play out.

    That group is made up of Sandy Lyle (Sco), Matt Jones (Aus) and Dylan Frittelli (SA).

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MASTERS LEGEND

    SIX time Masters winner Jack Nicklaus ceremonially gets the tournament underway as one of the honorary starters at 81 years old.

    He'd probably still get a decent score if he went round all eighteen holes with the competitors.

    Credit: Getty
    Credit: AP

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HOLE LOCATIONS

    Here's a look at where the holes are located on the greens for the first round of play.

    Michal Thompson and Hudson Swafford are out their on the first hole now!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HONORARY STARTERS

    Jack Nicklaus, Lee Elder and Gary Player ceremonially get the competition underway.

    Play has begun at Augusta!

    Credit: AP
  • Giacomo Pisa

    SUNRISE

    It was a beautiful sunrise over Augusta this morning, fit for the first day of the 2021 tournament.

    Michael Thompson and Hudson Swafford will tee off in just two minutes time as the tournament begins!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WEATHER REPORT

    As we gear up for the start of the 2021 tournament let's take a look at the weather forecast for Augusta National.

    After a sunny practice week so far the rain is expected to arrive later this afternoon, with a sixty percent chance of rain across Friday and Saturday.

    Sunday is expected to be a drier affair, but there are risks of thunderstorms over the weekend.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HONORARY STARTERS

    Every year The Masters gets underway with three honorary starters.

    Six-time winner Jack Nicklaus is one of the honorary starters this year, along with Lee Elder, the first black player to compete in the tournament in 1975, and Gary Player.

    They're ceremonially getting the tournament underway right now, with the first group of players teeing off in just fifteen minutes!

    Credit: Reuters
    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    CROWDS RETURN

    After a patron-less Masters last year, a limited number have been allowed to attend this year's tournament.

    Around 12,000 patrons are expected to be in attendance, compared to the usual 40-50,000 patrons a day usually spectating each day at the Masters.

    Credit: Reuters
    Credit: Reuters
  • Giacomo Pisa

    HAVE THAT

    Bryson DeChambeau's swing never ceases to amaze.

    The world number five is second favourite to pull on the green jacket on Sunday after going off as favourite in November.

    He disappointed that weekend, finishing tied 34th and EIGHTEEN shots behind winner Dustin Johnson, but is expected to fare better this year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL?

    You may be asking why does the Masters have such a reputation?

    Well here's a few reasons why the weekend at Augusta is arguably the most prestigious event in the golfing calendar.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WARMING UP

    A tradition of the practice round is attempting to skim the ball across the water at the 16th.

    It doesn't look like anyone has quite mastered it yet, if you'll pardon the pun.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    TIGER'S MINDSET

    Speaking in his press conference for the Masters, Rory McIlroy shared an insight into the mindset of Tiger Woods after revealing a conversation between the pair of them after McIlroy visited Woods following his car crash.

    McIlroy said that the only trophies Woods had on display in his house were his Major titles, the rest were irrelevant.

    He said:

    "I'm just thinking to myself how easy must that have felt for him?

    "If all he cared about were four weeks a year, the other stuff must have been practice.

    "It's a cool perspective to have right?

    "So it's all I could think about on the way home, and I'm glad he was ok too!"

  • Giacomo Pisa

    EXPERTS

    Jordan Spieth leads the way in scoring at Augusta since 2014.

    The American has also found form at the right time after winning the Valero Texas Open earlier this week.

    Can he carry that form into this weekend and stake a claim for the green jacket?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COURSE GUIDE

    For a full breakdown of the course at Augusta National click here.

    Perhaps the most famous of all of the holes is the twelfth.

    To quote Arnold Palmer's wider saying on golf in general, the twelfth at Augusta is deceptively simple yet endlessly complicated.

    The swirling winds make club selection absolutely pivotal and Rae's Creek sits short of the bunker and green. The bank will funnel any balls hit short back into a watery grave.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MOST WINS

    Jack Nicklaus is the most successful player in Masters history, winning the competition SIX times.

    Tiger Woods holds the second most Masters wins, but does not feature this year as he continues to recover from his horror car crash in Los Angeles last month.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    LATEST ODDS

    So who do the bookies fancy to pull on the green jacket this year?

    Dustin Johnson is the favourite to come out on top at the end of play on Sunday, while hard-hitter Bryson DeChambeau is expected to fare better than last year.

    Rory McIlroy is 12/1 for the title as he chases his first major win since 2014 which would complete a Grand Slam of major wins for the Northern Irishman.

    Odds via 888 Sport
    Dustin Johnson – 15/2
    Bryson DeChambeau – 10/1
    Jon Rahm – 10/1
    Justin Thomas – 11/1
    Rory McIlroy – 12/1
    Jordan Spieth – 14/1
    Xander Schauffele – 20/1
    Patrick Cantlay – 22/1
    Collin Morikawa – 25/1
    Lee Westwood – 25/1
    Patrick Reed – 25/1
    Tony Finau – 25/1

    Commercial content notice: Taking one of the bookmaker offers featured in this article may result in a payment to The Sun. 18+. T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org

  • Giacomo Pisa

    ROUND ONE TEE TIMES

    Here’s a look at the tee times for the first day of the 2021 Masters.

    The action gets underway at 13:00, but the first of the featured groups are not in action until just after 15:00.

    15:06 to be precise, which is when Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland tee off.

    Last year’s winner and world number one Dustin Johnson begins his defence at 15:30.

    Thursday, April 8 – * denotes amateur/ times in BST

    13:00 M Thompson (US), H Swafford (US)

    13:12 S Lyle (Sco), M Jones (Aus), D Frittelli (SA)

    13:24 I Woosnam (Wal), J Herman (US), S Cink (US)

    13:36 S Munoz (Col), H Stenson (Swe), R Streb (US)

    13:48 B Langer (Ger), W Zalatoris (US), J Long (Eng)*

    14:00 B Harman (US), I Poulter (Eng), B Todd (US)

    14:12 C Schwartzel (SA), Si Woo Kim (Kor), C Conners (Can)

    14:24 D Willettt (Eng), J Niemann (Chi), K Kisner (US)

    14:36 J Day (Aus), M Wolff (US), C Champ (US)

    14:48 H Matsuyama (Jpn), H English (US), A Ancer (Mex)

    15:06 B Watson (US), B Koepka (US), V Hovland (Nor)

    15:18 S Garcia (Spa), W Simpson (US), C Bezuidenhout (SA)

    15:30 D Johnson (US), L Westwood (Eng), T Strafaci (US)*

    15:42 X Schauffele (US), J Rahm (Spa), R McIlroy (NI)

    15:54 P Reed (US), D Berger (US), P Casey (Eng)

    16:06 V Singh (Fij), M Laird (Sco)

    16:18 L Mize (US), J Walker (US), B Gay (US)

    16:30 C Ortiz (Mex), M Hughes (Can), B Wiesberger (Aut)

    16:42 M Weir (Can), CT Pan (Tai), R MacIntyre (Sco)

    16:54 JM Olazabal (Spa), M Wallace (Eng), L Griffin (US)

    17:12 V Perez (Fra) J Kokrak (US), M Leishman (Aus)

    17:24 F Couples (US), F Molinari (Ita), C Osborne (US)*

    17:36 Z Johnson (US), K Na (US), G Woodland (US)

    17:48 S Lowry (Ire), J Rose (Eng), M Kuchar (US)

    18:00 B Horschel (US), T Hatton (Eng), R Palmer (US)

    18:12 P Mickelson (US), T Fleetwood (Eng), S Scheffler (US)

    18:24 P Cantlay (US), S Im (Kor), M Fitzpatrick (Eng)

    18:36 A Scott (Aus), B DeChambeau (US), M Homa (US)

    18:48 T Finau (US), L Oosthuizen (SA), J Thomas (US)

    19:00 J Spieth (US), C Smith (Aus), C Morikawa (US)

  • Nick Pisa

    GOOD AFTERNOON 

    Welcome to our live blog of the 2021 Masters!

    Just five months after Dustin Johnson pulled on the famous green jacket after a record-breaking victory at Augusta, the 2021 tournament is upon us. 

    World number one Dustin Johnson hit an incredible -20 to secure his second major title and first ever green jacket in November, with the American hoping to become just the fourth man to win the Masters in back-to-back years. 

    Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods are the only three men in history to achieve the feat, with Woods missing this year’s edition after suffering a horror car crash in Los Angeles last month. 

    Dustin Johnson tees off at 3.30pm, alongside Britain’s Lee Westwood and American amateur Tyler Strafaci. 

    The Masters is traditionally the first Major of the golfing season, and the 85th edition of this historic tournament is certain to provide us with some dramatic moments. 

    Bryson DeChambeau, who disappointed last year after going off as favourite, is one man tipped to fare better this year.

    Fellow American Justin Thomas is expected to be in the mix come Sunday, but as it usually is with the Masters, absolutely anything can happen. 

    The tournament gets underway at 1pm, but the first featured group of Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland tee off at 3.06pm. 

    A full list of tee times is coming up next. 

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