It’s that time of the year when golf fans across the world unite in excitement. The Augusta National is all set to host the 85th edition of the Masters, which returns just five months after the previous tournament. However, the 2021 Masters will be a much normal one when comparing on a number of aspects with last year’s event.
Dustin Johnson elegantly shot his way to a record-breaking 20-under-par victory, but the Augusta National wasn’t filled with patrons like it used to be. The pandemic caused a severe effect on the tournament as it was held in November amid extremely challenging conditions!
When is the 2021 Masters?
Fortunately, the organizers have the capacity to stick with the traditional schedule this year. The 2021 Masters will begin April 8 and run till April 11. Furthermore, the practice rounds will begin much earlier and will take place April 5-7.
The first round is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday, after which four rounds will determine in crowing a champion of the tournament. If he wins again, Dustin Johnson will join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo, and Tiger Woods as the only players to win the Masters in back-to-back years.
The immaculate Augusta National layout is not an easy one to master, but Johnson effortlessly reigned supreme in 2020. The 72-par, 7,768-yard course makes even the best players tremble, but the golfers are just eager to get out and compete at the grandest stage of them all.
Will the 2021 Masters have fans?
Unlike last year, the 2021 Masters will invite a limited number of patrons to enjoy the tournament. However, there will be several restrictions in place to ensure the safety of the players as well as the patrons.
“While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who purchased tickets from Augusta National will have access in 2022, provided conditions improve,” Augusta National Golf Club chairman Fred Ridley informed through a statement.
The limited number of patrons will indeed be a change for the players compared to what they experienced last year. Competing in an empty course definitely affects a golfer’s performance, and only essential personnel were present at the venue in 2020.
What is the prize purse of the Masters?
The Masters is one of the highest paying tournaments in golf. The organizers have drastically increased the prize purse over the years, and the total prize pool for 2021 is $11.5 million. Similar to last year, the winner would get an 18% share of the prize money, which would be $2,070,000.
The Masters is the second-highest paying Major on the calendar, and the fourth-highest on the tour, behind the Tour Championship, the Players Championship, and the U.S. Open.