Masters 2022: When is it, does Tiger Woods play, latest odds and preview

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he first golf major of the year has finally arrived as the best players in the world arrive at Augusta National for the Masters.

With Covid restrictions now lifted, customers can return in large numbers for the first time since 2019 as fans eagerly await one of the highlights of the sporting calendar.

It’s all the more expected as rumors continue about Tiger Woods’ potential participation this week – the five-time Masters winner is in Augusta to step up his preparations.

If he plays, he will be one of 18 former champions on the court, including Hideki Matsuyama who is looking to become the first player to win back-to-back Masters since Woods did so in 2002.

Rory McIlroy will be desperate to finally win the green jacket and complete the career Grand Slam, while Viktor Hovland and Scottie Scheffler are two of the stars of the game looking for their first major victory.

Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa and Brooks Koepka are among those with at least one major to their name but yet to emerge victorious in Augusta.

With so many potential winners entering the tournament, it promises to be an exciting four days in Augusta.

When is the Masters?

The action begins in Augusta this Thursday, April 7.

This year’s winner will don the green jacket on Sunday evening UK time, ending one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.

How to watch the Masters

TV channel: The four days of the tournament will be televised on Sky Sports Golf and Main Event.

Featured group coverage begins at 2:00 p.m. BST on Thursday and Friday, before full coverage airs from 7:30 p.m.

On Saturdays there is selected coverage from 3pm and full coverage at 7.30pm, while for the final round on Sunday fans can enjoy the initial broadcast from 3pm and then full coverage from from 6:30 p.m.

Direct: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch all the action online via the Sky Go app.

Does Tiger Woods play?

A question likely to be asked more than any other in the preparation for the tournament.

Woods was in Augusta last week playing a practice round with his son Charlie and Justin Thomas, and on Sunday he revealed he would return to continue his preparations.

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He tweeted: “I will be heading to Augusta today to continue my preparation and training. It will be a game time decision whether I will compete.

The key factor will likely be whether Woods feels capable of completing 72 holes in four days on an incredibly hilly course. He seems ready to leave that decision to the very last minute.

Masters Awards

Last year, the full prize money breakdown was only announced on the Saturday of the tournament, and no confirmation of this year’s purse has yet been given.

However, it is likely to be very similar to what was awarded in 2021.

Matsuyama took home $2,070,000 for winning the green jacket, with Will Zalatoris taking home $1,242,000 as he finished second in his first Masters appearance.

Tony Finau received $299,000 for finishing tenth, Phil Mickelson’s T21 was good enough for $119,600 and Bryson DeChambeau, who tied for 46th, still won $33,503.

Latest odds

Rahm leads the market, unsurprisingly given he’s finished in the top ten in each of his last four Masters appearances.

Thomas is also well thought out and hopes the addition of Jim ‘Bones’ Mackay, Mickelson’s former caddy, to his bag can help him set up a good four rounds.

Cameron Smith is in action for the first time since winning The Players, while Dustin Johnson has a stunning Augusta record apart from last year when he missed the cut as defending champion .

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Three wins in six weeks have propelled Scheffler to world number one, Morikawa has the approach game to win on any course in the world, and this is the tournament more than any other McIlroy wants to win.

Few are more comfortable at Augusta than Jordan Spieth, and few are more comfortable at the majors than Koepka. Both will be popular picks this week.

Jon Rahm11/1

Justin Thomas12/1

Cameron Smith 14/1

Dustin Johnson 14/1

Scottie Scheffler 14/1

Colin Morikawa 16/1

Rory McIlroy 18/1

Jordan Spieth 18/1

Brooks Koepka 18/1

Victor Hovland 18/1

Odds via Betfair.


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