US Masters 2023: Schedule, Preview & Predictions
The eyes of the sporting world will be on the United States in early April as the 87th edition of the Masters Tournament takes place at Augusta National.
The latest Masters odds rate Rory McIlroy as the favourite to claim the title, but plenty of other golfers have a genuine chance of winning the prestigious Green Jacket.
Read on as we take a look at the schedule for the 2023 Masters, before previewing what promises to be a superb golfing extravaganza.
2023 Masters Tournament Schedule
- Sunday, April 2: Player arrivals, practice rounds.
- Monday, April 3: Practice rounds.
- Tuesday, April 4: Practice rounds, Champions Dinner.
- Wednesday, April 5: Practice rounds, Par-3 Contest.
- Thursday, April 6: Honorary starters ceremony, first round of the Masters.
- Friday, April 7: Second round.
- Saturday, April 8: Third round.
- Sunday, April 9: Final round, Green Jacket ceremony and trophy presentation.
2023 Masters Tournament Preview
McIlroy will be a man in a mission as he strives to end his long wait to add the Masters title to his glittering career CV.
The Northern Irish golfer has won four majors, but is yet to finish higher than second place at the tricky Augusta National course.
He achieved that feat last year after staging a stirring comeback on the final day before just coming up short behind Scottie Scheffler.
McIlroy started the day ten shots adrift of Scheffler, but shot a superb round of 64 to end the tournament just three shots behind the eventual winner.
Scheffler’s one-under par 71 was enough for him to secure his first major title and it would be no surprise to see him in contention this time around.
Cameron Smith is also among the front-runners in the outright betting after finishing joint-third on five-under-par in last year’s event.
The Australian subsequently won the British Open, but his recent form does not point to him being a likely winner of the Masters.
By contrast, Dustin Johnson looks vastly overpriced at odds of 25/1 to mount a strong bid to win this tournament for the second time in his career.
The 2020 champion has recorded three top five finishes in his last seven appearances at the Masters and another two inside the top 10.
Johnson has been in fine form since his controversial switch to LIV Golf and will be eager to make a statement when facing his PGA Tour counterparts.
The 38-year-old finished in the top 10 in six of his seven LIV tournaments, which should give him plenty of confidence heading into the Masters.
Five-time Masters champion Tiger Woods will also be in the line-up at Augusta, but a remarkable sixth success is likely to be beyond him.
The 47-year-old still believes he can compete at the highest level, but his body can no longer withstand the rigours of major championships.
His Masters victory four years is increasingly looking like it will be his final major success, but Woods will be desperate for one last hurrah.
Prediction: Given his previous Masters record, Johnson looks a solid each-way bet in what should be a fiercely fought tournament.