The Masters 2017: When is golf's first major of the year, how can I watch and what are the latest odds?

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Danny Willett triumphs at Augusta in 2017 - EPA
Danny Willett triumphs at Augusta in 2017 - EPA

What is it?

The Masters, one of the jewels in the sporting crown and the first golf major of the year.

When is it?

The tournament takes place over four days, between Thursday April 6 and Sunday April 9. The traditional par-three tournament also takes place on Wednesday April 5.

What time does it start?

The honourary starters will be teeing off at 7.45am local time on the Thursday - 12.45pm BST - before the pairings get under way. Featured groups begin at 10.15am ET - 3.15pm BST - on the Saturday and Sunday final rounds.

How long until the 2017 Masters gets underway at Augusta?

What TV channel is it on?

It's on Sky Sports 1 for all four rounds. Full coverage will begin at 7pm each day, with coverage of featured groups and Amen Corner available earlier in the day. BBC Two will also broadcast live coverage of the final two rounds. Alternatively, Telegraph Sport will be delivering coverage of each of the four days to ensure you do not miss a key moment.

When will we know the pairings and tee-off times?

Information for the first two rounds will be announced on Tuesday April 4.

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What happened last year?

Our reporter James Corrigan summed it up beautifully here:

A baby one week, a green jacket the very next. Danny Willett, the son of a Sheffield vicar, ensured his life would never be the same again by capitalising on Jordan Spieth’s capitulation and  winning Britain its first Masters in two decades.

On a final day bursting with at times excruciating drama, Willett, 28, was a model of composure as he claimed the glory on five-under, three clear of Spieth and Lee Westwood. But this day will also be remembered for Spieth’s Masters meltdown. Five clear after nine holes, three behind three holes later. This was an unprecedented Augusta collapse.

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There seemed something synchronised in the timing and in the script. In 1996, Nick Faldo made the most of Greg Norman’s agony to win his third and final green jacket. And 20 years later, there was another Englishman grabbing his opportunity from the shadows of a great player’s torment  - also with a flawless 67. 

<span>Thumbs up for Danny Willett who wrote himself into Augusta history</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Thumbs up for Danny Willett who wrote himself into Augusta history Credit: Getty Images

Except, Willett was not a five-time major champion like Faldo was and that is what made his nerveless round all the remarkable; that and the fact that he did not arrive at the course until Tuesday. The previous week his wife, Nicole, had given birth to their first child, Zacharia, and on “a tired cloud nine”, Willett’s preparation had at the best been hurried. To think, Zacharia was actually due on this Masters Sunday, but the necessity for a C-section meant he came 12 days early.

Now his father has arrived in the big-time. Willett is in the game’s top nine, with the world at his feet and the PGA Tour, with all of its billions, banging at his door. England has a new sporting hero and with four other players in the top 10 - including the resurgent Lee Westwood in third - England must believe it is at the start of a golfing golden age. 

Latest news:

World number one Dustin Johnson has withdrawn from this week's Shell Houston Open in order to rest ahead of the Masters.

Johnson won his third tournament in succession on Sunday by beating Jon Rahm in the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

<span>Dustin Johnson wins in Austin last week</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
Dustin Johnson wins in Austin last week Credit: Getty Images

The 32-year-old said in a statement: "After a great deal of thought and consultation with my team, I have decided to withdraw from this week's Shell Houston Open.

"Having played seven rounds of competitive golf in the last five days, I feel it is best to give my mind and body a much-needed rest heading into Masters week."

Johnson is the 5/1 favourite to win his second major title at Augusta National, having won the US Open at Oakmont last year.

What are the odds for 2017?

  • Dustin Johnson - 5/1 

  • Jordan Spieth - 7/1

  • Rory McIlroy - 15/2

  • Jason Day - 16/1

  • Hideki Matsuyama - 18/1

  • Jon Rahm - 20/1

  • Phil Mickelson - 25/1

  • Justin Rose - 28/1

  • Tiger Woods - 80/1

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