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PremierLeague-News.Com - Dustin Johnson is hoping to become just the fourth man to defend the green jacket but he won't have it easy at 'firm and fast' Augusta National
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! The Masters is back in its familar April slot just 144 days after the previous, Covid-delayed edition finished.Dustin Johnson is hoping to become just the fourth man to win back-to-back green jackets after dismantling Augusta National last November to finish five clear of the field on 20 under par.The world No 1 may be a 9-1 favourite with the bookies but he is not expected to have it easy. Reports from Georgia this week suggest the course has been set up play as tough as it ever has.i's fantasy football tips newsletter: get aheadEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.“If it’s soft again, yeah, you’d be able to shoot some low scores,” Johnson said earlier this week. “But if it’s firm and fast like I have a feeling it’s going to be, the golf course plays way different and way more difficult.” Read More The battle to make golf look like America: ‘It can’t survive if old white guys are the only people playing’ Tiger Woods, the man who slipped the green jacket on Johnson’s shoulders last time out, will be absent for the fourth time in eight years because of the serious injuries he sustained in a car crash in February.The 45-year-old, a five-time champion at Augusta, is one of three players, alongside Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo, to defend his title.Despite his absence, the Masters is not lacking in star quality. With a record low three amateurs and world No 59 Russell Henley the highest-ranked player who did not qualify, this is the strongest field at Augusta in 10 years.While the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas are among those expected to challenge Johnson, it is the in-form Jordan Spieth who looks most dangerous.The 2015 champion has a victory, two runner-up finishes and third place in his seven appearances here and ended a 1,351-day trophy drought at the Texas Open last weekend after three recent top-five finishes and another top-10 on the PGA Tour.After bouncing back from a world ranking as low as 92 earlier this year, Spieth believes he can still improve his game to a “next level”.“I thought that I’d have a lot of memories of the downs and the struggles and then the climb back, progress and momentum over the last few months – to have all that kind of hit me,” he said.Spieth is in form and loves playing at Augusta (Photo: Reuters) Read More Masters 2021 predictions: Why Jordan Spieth is hard to bet against at Augusta after victory in Texas “I was happy that it didn’t hit me that hard, that it felt more normal, that it felt like this is where I’m supposed to be, this is who I am. Sometimes you lose confidence and there’s a little chink in the armour here and there and that’s what I’d experienced.“I wanted that monkey off my back of it being a while out of the winner’s circle. It’s about refocusing here and taking the next step.“It’s actually been a lot easier for me over the last 12 hours to look forward versus looking back. That’s exciting. I feel there’s quite a few things that I need to improve on and get better.“I felt that over the weekend, it wasn’t the best my swing felt, it wasn’t the best my stroke felt. There are times and ways I can take a step forward and produce better golf shots consistently and it was pretty awesome when I look back and think there’s a next level that I’ve been at that I’m still searching for right now.”The fairytale version of events would of course see Spieth complete his return to form with a second Masters title this week, although the American is taking nothing for granted.“I certainly wouldn’t mind that this week, if that’s what you’re asking,” he said with a smile.
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. Phil (Mickelson) was 31 or something (33) when he won his first major.“I like the progress that I’m making. I don’t feel like I have the control of all facets of the game that I want to have yet, but I feel like I’m working in the right direction. Read More Bryson DeChambeau: Every surgeon I’ve spoken to says he is taking years off his career, says Butch Harmon “Will that make a difference this week? Don’t know. But I’m going to try to be just a little better than I was last week.”Spieth’s will be one of several fascinating storylines to watch unfold as the week progresses. Elsewhere, former world No 1 Rory McIlroy has recently started consulting renowned coach Pete Cowen after making the startling admission that he had damaged his swing by trying to add more length to his game, partly influenced by Bryson DeChambeau’s victory in last year’s US Open.But Cowen is not promising any quick fixes after McIlroy shot 79, 75 to miss the cut in defence of his Players Championship title and was thrashed 6&5 by Ian Poulter in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.“I’m trying to see the big picture here,” McIlroy said. “I’m obviously focused on this week, but it’s bigger than that. It’s a journey to try to get back to playing the game the way I know that I can play the game.“I’m actually getting away from a lot of technical thoughts. I’m actually going the other way. I feel like I’ve simplified the whole process.“There’s been a lot of looking back to try to go forward instead of just saying, okay, this is where we are, this is the present, this is what you’ve got to work with, let’s go forward from here.”
How to watch The Masters 2021 Dates: 8-11 April 2021TV channel: Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports The MastersLive stream: Now TV (day pass for £9.99)Highlights: On BBC Two after midnight each day. Full schedule here TV schedule Thursday 8 April Live coverage: 2pm to 12.30am on Sky Sports The Masters (Including featured groups from 2pm to 7pm) Friday April 9 Live coverage: 2pm to 12am on Sky Sports The Masters (Including featured groups from 2pm to 7.30pm) Saturday April 10 Live coverage: 8pm to 12.30am on Sky Sports The Masters (Live from the Masters from 7pm to 8pm)Featured groups: 3.15pm to 11pm on Sky Sports red button Sunday April 11 Live coverage: 7pm to 12.30am on Sky Sports The Masters Featured groups: 3.15pm to 11pm on Sky Sports red button
Tee timesAll players USA unless statedShow allOddsDustin Johnson: 9-1Bryson DeChambeau: 11-1Jordan Spieth: 11-1Jon Rahm: 12-1Justin Thomas: 12-1Rory McIlroy: 18-1Patrick Cantlay: 20-1 Xander Schauffele: 22-1Brooks Koepka: 25-1Collin Morikawa: 30-133-1 bar. Odds via Oddschecker
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