The delayed US Masters takes place at Augusta National from November 12-15 seven months after it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Originally due to be staged in its traditional spot as the year’s first major in April, new ground will be broken with the first-ever major to be held in November.
Tiger Woods is the reigning champion having won the 15th major of his career last year when signalling his return to the big time. It was his fifth Masters victory and his first since 2005.
US Masters History
The Masters is the only one of the majors to take place at the same venue. It is staged at the world famous Augusta National each year and is arguably the most prestigious of all four majors.
The winner of the Masters receives the famous green jacket, presented from the previous years champion inside the Butler’s Cabin. The winner also gets an automatic invite to return for future years.
Jack Nicklaus has been the most successful in Masters history, being crowned champion on six occasions. Woods has five to his name, while Arnold Palmer has four Masters titles.
Jimmy Demaret, Sam Snead, Gary Player, Nick Faldo and Phil Mickelson all have three wins.
US Masters Course
The Masters is played at Augusta National in Georgia. Augusta is par-72 measuring 7,475 yards and is noted for the pristine fairways, dogwoods and azalea borders.
Augusta, which first opened for play in 1932, is famed the Amen Corner stretch of holes from the 11th to 13th.
It is one of the toughest and most picturesque stretches in all of golf with Rae’s Creek weaving through all three holes and crowds lining all three holes.
US Masters Contenders
Reigning champion Tiger Woods has been out of sorts of late, but he entered last year’s Masters with little expectations and we all know what happened at Augusta.
The obvious place to start is with Bryson DeChambeau, the world number six in the Official World Golf Rankings. The big hitting American dominated the US Open at Winged Foot to win by six shots and he is favourite to do the same to Augusta.
DeChambeau is the favourite to make it back-to-back victories in majors, but he has not finished higher than the 21st he achieved when lowest amateur in 2016.
Jon Rahm has yet to win a major, but is the second favourite to win at Augusta. The Spaniard has been in good form, but will that be good enough to land the prize?
Rory McIlroy has four majors in his locker but still needs the Masters to complete a career grand slam. He has been close before but collapsed and those demons will always hang over him.
Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are two other major champions who have yet to conquer Augusta. Both are among the leading chances with the bookmakers, and they should be there or thereabouts come Sunday.
US Masters Selection: Bryson DeChambeau to win