The Masters 2021 LIVE: Latest updates, scores and leaderboard from Augusta

Honorary starters Lee Elder, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus

Honorary starters Lee Elder, Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus

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Follow all the action as The Masters gets underway in what promises to be a thrilling first major of the year, with Augusta’s greens exceedingly fast and firm after last November’s soft conditions.

Dustin Johnson is bidding to defend the Green Jacket after his record-breaking victory but arrives in somewhat questionable form. Meanwhile, after a disappointing previous outing, Bryson DeChambeau will once again rely on his gunslinging heroics to dismantle one of golf’s most revered courses.

Rory McIlroy has been out of form, too, but has been inspired by a recent visit to Tiger Woods’ home and remains desperate to complete the career Grand Slam. Justin Thomas is sure to be a threat, after a strong finish last year and a cathartic victory at the Players Championship. Jon Rahm has not been able to practice properly ahead of the tournament, owing to the birth of his first child, but has a great record at Augusta and warmed up brilliantly on Wednesday as he seeks to clinch the maiden major of his career.

Johnson was a popular winner last year, having grown up just an hour away from Augusta, however, it’s Jordan Spieth who will surely be the crowd’s favourite, with a limited number of spectators allowed through the gates. The past champion ended a four-year trophy drought last week at the Texas Valero Open and has been in terrific form for several weeks. The same can be said of Lee Westwood, who leads the English charge alongside Matt Fitzpatrick and Tyrrell Hatton.

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Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of The Masters as Dustin Johnson bids to defend the Green Jacket after his record-breaking victory last November. Augusta promises to provide a far more unforgiving test this time around, with the greens exceedingly fast and firm, but that threat will do little to deter Bryson DeChambeau, who’s attempting to dismantle more of the sport’s sacred turf. Elsewhere, Jordan Spieth arrives as one of the favourites after ending his four-year trophy drought at last week’s Valero Texas Open, while Rory McIlroy is, as ever, attempting to complete the career Grand Slam. One of the true highlights of the golfing calendar is upon us, and we’ll bring you all the action over the next four days.

Tom Kershaw8 April 2021 12:54

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