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Here are the six players tipped to win The Masters

  • April 8, 2021
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It has been a very busy week in the run up to the Masters 2021 as pundits bet on who will be crowned champion at Augusta this week. Though there have been diverse predictions, five names seem to feature strongly across board…defending champion Dustin Johnson,  2015 champion Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, John  Ram and Bryson DeChambeau.

So why are they the forerunners in the field of 88 elite golfers?

Dustin Johnson enters the 2021 Masters Tournament as the defending champion and current world number on the World Golf Ranking, WGR. This will be his 11th  appearance at Augusta where he boasts a decent record of finishing in the top 10 in the last five Masters events.

Justin Thomas is ranked second on the OWGR and will be making his sixth appearance at the Masters where his best performance is a fourth place, a fete he achieved last year. Has been in fine form this season winning the 2021 Players Championship and consistently finishing in the top 15 in nearly all events.

Jon Rahm has continued to enjoy a fine run at Augusta finishing in the top 10 in three of his four starts in the Masters. He will be making his fifth appearance and is currently ranked third.

Ranked No.5 in the world, Bryson DeChambeau is making a fifth appearance at The Masters having made his debut in 2016 as the U.S. Amateur champion.  Though famed for his aggressive play, DeChambeau who leads the PGA Tour in driving distance has not tested success at Augusta finishing T34 last year. Ironically, his best show at The Masters remains T21 which he managed as an amateur in 2016.

Rory McIlroy has not had a fine run this year dropping seven places in the OWGR to No. 12. This will be his 13th Masters outing in his quest for a maiden win to complete the career grand slam. The Masters has remained a long shot for McIlroy his best performance being a fourth place finish in 2015. Last year he finished T5.

Despite languishing in the 38th position in the OWGR, Jordan Spieth’s name is back on the pundits lips following his fine form this year. In the last four months he has moved from a low position 82 to No. 38 on the OWGR. Last week he won the Texas Open, ending a PGA tour drought that stretches back to 2017.  He has a good record at Augusta having finished second on his debut in 2014 before winning the event in 2015.

SuperSport viewers on DStv can look forward to seeing all the action from golf’s most prestigious major, The Masters, from the Augusta National Golf Course in Georgia from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 April 2021. Golf enthusiasts on the move can also stream matches on the DStv App.

Johnson expects the famed course at Augusta will play much harder and quicker this month compared to when he shattered the course record after a Covid-19 pandemic postponement to capture his second major title.

“November, the greens were soft. You could be a lot more aggressive with longer clubs. They would stop and hold the greens,” Johnson explained in the build-up to the 2021 Masters. “I’d imagine it’s going to be pretty firm and fast. It’s definitely not going to be as soft as it was. You’re going to have to be able to land the ball in different spots. It looks like it’s shaping up to be a normal Masters.”

Five-time green jacket winner Tiger Woods will miss this year’s edition as he recovers from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident in February.

The Masters broadcast details

Thursday 8 April

16:15 EAT: Day 1, 2nd feed – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Golf and SuperSport Action

22:00 EAT: Main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Golf

Friday 9 April

16:15 EAT: Day 2, 2nd feed – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand, SuperSport Golf and SuperSport Action

22:00 EAT: Main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Golf

Saturday 10 April

17:15 EAT: Day 3, 2nd feed – LIVE on SuperSport Golf and SuperSport Variety 2

22:00 EAT: Main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Golf

Sunday 11 April

17:15 EAT: Day 4, 2nd feed – LIVE on SuperSport Golf and SuperSport Action

22:00 EAT: Main feed – LIVE on SuperSport Grandstand and SuperSport Golf


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