The Masters 2021 LIVE: Leaderboard, latest updates and scores from Augusta


Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson

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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THE MASTERS 2021: CONNERS MOVES TO -2

Corey Conners has joined the pack at two-under after a brilliant approach into the 9th. Nobody is setting the course alight with all the players struggling to control the ball on such lightning-quick greens. To add to that, the wind is kicking up a little, too. Elsewhere, Rory McIlroy has not been dialled in but he’s doing enough to save pars.

Leaders: -2: Kim (9), Conners (9), Bezuidenhout (5)

THE MASTERS 2021: WESTWOOD SLIPS UP AT 2ND

A nightmare on the 2nd for Westwood, whose tee-shot hooked and left him blocked by the pines. He attempted to pick a hole through the branches but the ball was promptly spat back at him and his third could only creep up to the front edge. A three-putt double-bogey sees the Englishman tumble down the leaderboard. Meanwhile, Hovland’s remarkable recovery continues. Another birdie at the sixth sees the Norwegian move back to level par after that disastrous triple bogey on the opening hole. A terrific recovery from the 23-year-old, who’ll be hoping to make Europe’s Ryder Cup team.

THE MASTERS 2021: JOHNSON TAKES ADVANTAGE AT THE 2ND

Dustin Johnson picks up where he left off last year and takes advantage of the par-5 2nd. The players are still getting used to the speed of the greens and his eagle putt raced by but he made no mistake with the return and the defending champion moves back to level par. He’s still not quite in his groove, though, and pulls his drive deep into the pine straw at the 3rd.

THE MASTERS 2021: MCILROY STARTS WITH A PAR

McIlroy begins his pursuit of the Grand Slam with a steady par at the 1st. Meanwhile, Hovland is making amends for that dreadful opening triple-bogey, with birdies at the second and third clawing him back to +1.

Leaders: -2: Kim (7), Ancer (4)

THE MASTERS 2021: ANCER TAKES LEAD

Abraham Ancer played brilliantly before fading away in the final round last November and he’s got off to a hot start. The Mexican has never won on the PGA Tour but he’s two-under through his first four holes and has the outright lead. Meanwhile, Sergio Garcia has not settled into the groove quite so well, despite being in great form. The 2017 champion has bogeyed the first.

THE MASTERS 2021: MCILROY AND RAHM UNDERWAY

Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele take to the first tee. This promises to be a brilliant group and all three find the fairway.

THE MASTERS 2021: JOHNSON MAKES BOGEY

Dustin Johnson’s defence gets off to something of a flat start. His drive just trickled into the fringe and seemed to come out a little hot, skipping over the back of the green and he can’t get up and down. Lee Westwood safely makes par.

THE MASTERS 2021: JOHNSON GETS DEFENCE UNDERWAY

Defending champion Dustin Johnson opts for a hybrid off the first tee. He is playing alongside Lee Westwood, who’s been in fantastic form, and the winner of the US Amateur Championship Tyler Strafici.

THE MASTERS 2021: SWAFFORD SLIPS BACK INTO PACK

Finally a crack shows in Swafford’s unlikely armour at the 10th after his approach leaked into the greenside bunker from the middle of the fairway. He’s punished for that mistake and slips back into the pack of players at one under, which includes Kim, Ancer and Kisner.

THE MASTERS 2021: DISASTROUS START FOR HOVLAND

A dreadful start for Hovland at the first. He attempts to take an aggressive line out of the trees but his ball clips a branch and he’s forced to chip back into the fairway for his third. From there, his approach trickles over the back and he elects to chip rather than putt. That proves a mistake, the ball running some six feet past the hole and his putt was always drifting low of the hole. A triple bogey for the Norwegian. Watson, who played a terrific shot from the face of the bunker, and Koepka both make par.

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