Last year: In the first autumn Masters because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Dustin Johnson set the scoring record at 20-under 268 for a five-shot victory over Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith. So thorough was this victory that no one had a lower score than Johnson in three of his four rounds, including his 68 on Sunday. This truly was a Masters unlike any other. Along with being held in November, no tickets were sold, the Par 3 Contest was canceled and all four rounds featured a two-tee start because of limited daylight.
Tiger tales: Tiger Woods will not be playing the Masters as he recovers from a serious leg injury in a single-car crash in Los Angeles. This will be the fourth time in the last eight years Woods is not playing the Masters because of injury.
The roars: After not having spectators in November, the Masters sold a limited number of badges for this year. The club did not release how many.
Grand Slam, Act VII: Rory McIlroy tries for the seventh time to win the Masters and complete the career Grand Slam.
The odds: Dustin Johnson is the favorite at 8-1 (Westgate Superbook), followed at 12-1 for Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas. Jordan Spieth was at 14-1.
Key statistic: Only two players have shot 63 at the Masters, the fewest of the four majors.
Noteworthy: Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979 was the last Masters champion to win in his first appearance. Carlos Ortiz, Robert MacIntyre and Will Zalatoris are the only professionals making their Masters debuts.
Quoteworthy: “It wouldn’t bother me if I only had it for a day.” — Dustin Johnson on whether he feels shortchanged keeping the green jacket for only five months.
Interactive: https://www.masters.com/en_US/index.html. Live video channels from the 4th, 5th and 6th holes, Amen Corner, the 15th hole, 16th hole and a featured group. Estimated times — Hole Nos. 4,5 and 6 from 9:25 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend; Amen Corner (Nos. 11, 12 and 13) from 10:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 11:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekend; Nos. 15 and 16 from 11:45 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the weekend; and featured group from 9:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and from 10:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekend. The Masters iPad application will display the video channels and a live digital simulcast of CBS Sports’ weekend coverage.