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2021 Masters at Augusta National: tee times, pairings, groups, schedule

Across 8-11 April we'll get to see the world's greatest golfers battle it out over four rounds on one of the most iconic courses, at the Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia.

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2021 Masters at Augusta National: tee times, pairings, groups, schedule
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It's almost time for the 2021 Masters to tee off at the Augusta National Golf Club. Make sure you know when your favourite players are setting out for their opening 18 holes.

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2021 Augusta Masters: what are the tee times and pairings?

Dustin Johnson will begin his title defense at the Masters at 10:30 a.m. EDT (14:30 GMT) on Thursday in a group with former runner-up Lee Westwood and amateur Tyler Strafaci.

World No. 1 Johnson, whose 20-under total last November at Augusta National Golf Club broke the Masters record shared by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, will be in the 13th group to set off at the 445-yard, par-four first hole.

Following Johnson's threesome will be Xander Schauffele, world No. 3 Jon Rahm and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, who with a win this week would complete the career Grand Slam of golf's four majors.

Master: Phil Mickelson plays his shot from the tenth tee during a practice round.

Former champion Jordan Spieth, who rocketed into this year's Masters conversation after last week's Texas Open triumph, will go out in the last group at 2:00 p.m. EDT with Australian Cameron Smith and former PGA Championship winner Collin Morikawa.

The penultimate group will feature world No. 2 Justin Thomas, who finished fourth at last year's Masters, world No. 13 Tony Finau and 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.

Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson will tee off at 1:12 p.m. EDT alongside Tommy Fleetwood and Scottie Scheffler.

Other notable groups include reigning US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott and Max Homa.

Check out the full list of tee times and pairings. Unlike last year's Masters, when split tees were used because of reduced daylight in November, all groupings will begin at the first hole.

2021 Augusta Masters: betting odds

Betting on Jordan Spieth has gotten a bit more expensive. Spieth bagged the Valero Texas Open title on Sunday for his first victory since The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England in 2017 and upped his odds to win The Masters this week.

PointsBet offered Spieth last week to win the Texas Open and Masters at +12500 odds, meaning a $20 bet would net $2,520. Now, Spieth is among the Masters favorites at FanDuel. Defending champion Dustin Johnson (+950) and Bryson DeChambeau (+950) are listed as co-favorites, and Spieth is tied with Justin Thomas at +1100, ahead of Jon Rahm (+1200).

Money shot: Jordan Spieth on the fifteenth tee during a practice round.

PointsBet lists Johnson (+900) as the favorite with Spieth second at +1100. DeChambeau and Thomas are both +1200. At DraftKings, Johnson is the solo favorite at +950, followed by DeChambeau and Spieth at +1150. Rahm and Thomas are +1250 and Rory McIlroy is +1900.

A bet for Johnson to finish in the top five is +225 at DraftKings, and +275 for DeChambeau, Spieth and Rahm.

2021 Augusta Masters: AS English live coverage

You can follow our live, stroke-by-stroke text commentary of the tournament here on AS English. We’ll be picking through the rough and the smooth of the field throughout the Masters with an up-to-date account of the action as it unfolds, whether neatly placed on the fairway or sunk deep into the sand.