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Golf Glance: Dustin Johnson set to defend second Masters of season

Field Level Media
08 Apr 2021, 07:55 GMT+10

Field Level Media's Golf Glance provides weekly news and storylines from each of the major North American golf tours.


LAST TOURNAMENT: Valero Texas Open (Jordan Spieth)

THIS WEEK: The Masters, Augusta, Ga., April 8-11

Course: Augusta National (Par 72, 7,475 yards)

Purse: $11.5 million (Winner: $2.07M)

Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson (Nov. 12-15, 2020)

FedEx Cup leader: Bryson DeChambeau


TV: Thursday-Friday, 3-7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN); Saturday, 3-7 p.m. (CBS); Sunday 2-7 p.m. (CBS)

Streaming at ESPN and Thursday-Sunday, all day (Featured Groups); Thursday-Friday, 9:25 a.m.-6:45 p.m. ET (Featured holes 4, 5 and 6); Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. ET (Featured holes 4, 5 and 6); Thursday-Friday, 10:45 a.m.-6 p.m. ET (Featured holes, Amen Corner, holes 11, 12 and 13); Saturday-Sunday, 11:45 a.m.-6 p.m. ET (Featured holes, Amen Corner, holes 11, 12 and 13); Thursday-Friday, 11:45 a.m.-7 p.m. ET (Featured holes 15 and 16); Saturday-Sunday, 12:30-6:30 p.m. ET (Featured holes 15 and 16)

NOTES: Just five months after the 2020 Masters was won by Johnson, the tournament will return to being the first major of the calendar year. ... The marquee event is technically being contested twice in the 2020-21 season after it was postponed last April because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Corales Puntacana Resort Club Championship, as well as the U.S. Open also will be contested twice this season. ... If Johnson can defend his title, it would be his 25th career victory. ... Spieth, who ended nearly a four-year victory drought at the Valero Texas Open, won the Masters in 2015. ... DeChambeau was also the FedEx Cup points leader when the Masters was contested in November. ... A victory this week by Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy would give him the career Grand Slam, making him the sixth player to accomplish the feat.

BEST BETS: Johnson (950 at DraftKings) is the tournament favorite and is also 200 to finish in the top five and 100 to wind up in the top 10. ... DeChambeau and Justin Thomas are both 1050 to be awarded the green jacket after Sunday's final round, with Thomas improving each time he has played in the tournament, leading to his fourth-place finish in 2020. ... Spain's Jon Rahm and Spieth each are 1200. Both could make it an eventful time frame with Spieth going for back-to-back tournament victories and Rahm playing after welcoming the birth of his son on Saturday. ... McIlroy (1700) had his best Masters finish in 2015 when he was fourth. ... PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa (3000) is looking for two major titles in a span of eight months, and three victories overall in that stretch. ... Australia's Cameron Smith (4000) and South Korea's Sungjae Im (5000) finished tied for second to Johnson in November.

NEXT WEEK: RBC Heritage, Hilton Head, S.C., April 15-18


LAST TOURNAMENT: ANA Inspiration, Rancho Mirage, Calif. (Patty Tavatanakit)


Race to the CME Globe leader: Nelly Korda

NEXT EVENT: LOTTE Championship, Kapolei, Oahu, Hawaii, April 14-17

Champions Tour

LAST TOURNAMENT: Cologuard Classic, Feb. 26-28 (Kevin Sutherland)


Charles Schwab Cup leader: Sutherland

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Chubb Classic, Naples, Fla., April 16-18

--Field Level Media

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