The Masters 2021 is back this week and so is the excitement about who will take home the Green Jacket on Sunday.
The competition is tough and at the end of the day, any player in the 2021 field can claim the coveted Jacket.
Tiger Woods is the only player to have won the Green Jacket five times in his professional career as a golfer.
However, this time he won’t be in action. He is still recuperating from the injury that he sustained in a nasty car crash in February.
Tiger’s absence has strengthened the prospect of others of winning the Masters tournament.
The Masters 2021 will start on April 08th, 2021, and will conclude on April 11th, 2021.
However, practice sessions have already kicked off at Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Georgia.
All major players like Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth and Webb Simpson among others will be in the fray.
Total prize money is worth $11,500,000, with the winner taking home just over $2,000,000.
Key Facts about winning the Green Jacket
- Data through the years mean that players are most likely to win the Masters if they are under 40 years old. Jack Nicklaus is the oldest winner of the Masters. He won in 1986 when he was 46 years 82 days old. Since 1996, only Tiger Woods and Mark O Meara have won the Masters as 40+ players.
- This doesn’t bode well for the on-form player, Lee Westwood, who turns 48 on the 24th of April and is a favourite to win the Masters this year.
- Only Tiger and Jordan have won the coveted tournament as U-25 players in the last 25 years.
- It’s therefore expected that someone within the age bracket of 25–40 will win the Masters this time, too.
The Masters 2021: Top Players to Look Out For
Here are our favourites for the 2021 Masters.
- Dustin Johnson: The top-seeded golfer and the current champion of the Masters. Can he repeat a match-winning performance once more? DJ is the current PGA World Number #1 and has great odds for taking a back-to-back win this year at the Masters.
- Brooks Koepka: Koepka will be a case of ‘beware the injured golfer’ as this will be his first event back post knee surgery. The American finished runner up in 2019 and has yet to secure a Green Jacket. He knows what it takes to win Majors though, having taken home the trophy at the US Open in 2017 and 2018, and the PGA Championship in 2018 and 2019.
- Justin Thomas: A no-nonsense guy and someone who has a great prospect of claiming the Green Jacket at Augusta. He is currently the world’s number two and has been a great performer in the last few editions of the tournament, finishing 4th at the 2020 Masters. Thomas is one of the most solid tee-to-green players on the tour, so we think he stands a great chance at the tournament this week.
- Jordan Spieth: Spieth is the on-form player this week. He won his first PGA Tour event in four years last week and is looking incredibly solid. Spieth is no stranger to Major titles, having won 3 out of the 4 Majors, including the Masters in 2015. Could this year be his big comeback?
- Bryson DeChambeau: Another on-form player is DeChambeau, having spent 2018 and 2019 beefing up, the big-hitting DeChambeau is yet to have a great Masters tournament. The 2020 US Open Champion’s best finish at the Masters is tied-21, but perhaps this year he will take the number 1 spot.
- Lee Westwood: Westwood is a golfing veteran. The Englishman has been on the tour for nearly 3 decades now, but despite coming very close to winning Majors in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Westwood has yet to be crowned a major Champion. At 47 years old, Westwood is an unlikely winner, but he is currently on form, and he loves the Masters – having finished 2nd twice in 2010 and 2016 respectively. A win this year would be an amazing feat, and we are definitely rooting for him!
- Jon Rahm: The 26-year old Spaniard is yet to win a major, despite coming very close in 2018 and 2019. He has just become a father to baby Kepa, and he’ll be running on serious fatherhood hormones, which might just give him the edge this week.
No matter who wins the Masters 2021, we’re in for a great treat.
It will be the first Major in a year that has limited spectators, and even the famous Masters Champion’s Dinner is planned to go ahead.
DJ, the 2020 Champion, has chosen a classic meal for this year’s dinner – prime filet mignon or miso-marinated sea bass, followed by peach cobble and apple pie with vanilla ice cream.