Rory McIlroy during the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships
Rory McIlroy during the 2022 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championships ¦ (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Golf | The Masters 2023 | McIlroy rolls the dice once more for the elusive Grand Slam

By Ros Satar

  • Rory McIlroy tries his hand once more to win the title that has eluded him
  • Defending champion Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm have been the form players this year
  • PGA and LIV get set for a showdown.
GEORGIA, USA – All eyes are on the Augusta National this week as golf’s first major tournament gets underway.

 

The Masters 6-9 April

Location Georgia, USA
Course(s) Augusta National Golf Club
Par 72
Length 7,545 yards (6,899m)
Tour(s) PGA Tour

European Tour

Japan Golf Tour

LIV

Format Stroke Play
Prize Fund $15m

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A tournament of traditions, the famous Green Jacket awaits the winner of the first major of the year, when it returns at the August National, Georgia. Defending champion Scottie Scheffler will be one of the hot favourites this year, as he returns his jacket.

Jon Rahm is another player who has started the season extremely well, bit of course all home interest eyes will be on Rory McIlroy. He (in)famously blew a four-shot lead in 2011 and can ill-afford a ponderous start.

It has been clear that his recent work on helping to improve the PGA Tour in the face of LIV disruption has taken his focus and he missed the cut at The Players Championship – and he can do without outside distractions if he is to make a serious attempt (his 15th!) to claim a Green Jacket.

He looks relaxed enough, but we need to see McIlroy consistent before moving day and not making life hard for himself, especially with bad weather forecast for this week.

And then there was LIV. The breakaway tournament has been banging the drum, hoping to have a raucous celebration should one of their roster win but will they have the stamina for four days of competition to even make the cut?

It is all very well sabre-rattling, and it will be worth keeping a watchful eye on the 18 LIV recruits including former champion Patrick Reed to see how they give an account of themselves.

 

Home Nations interest

ENGLAND IRELAND/N IRELAND SCOTLAND
Danny Willett Matthew McClean (NI) (A) Sandy Lyle
Tyrrell Hatton Shane Lowry (IRE)  
Justin Rose Seamus Power (IRE)  
Matthew Fitzpatrick Rory McIlroy (NI)  
Tommy Fleetwood    

 

When does it start?

Round 1 starts on Thursday 6 April at 08:00 am (1:00 pm BST) with coverage on Sky Sports starting at 2:00 pm BST following featured groups.

You can also watch and listen to coverage on The Masters website.