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Masters Report

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Masters Tournament has returned to Augusta National, and not only that, but patrons are in attendance for the first time in two years.

Japanese golfer Hideki Matsuyama jumped to a four-shot lead (-11) heading into Sunday’s final round.

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Many of world’s best golfers are competing for the coveted green jacket. The first round teed off bright and early on Thursday, with an honorary start featuring Masters alums Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Elder.

The field for the 85th edition of the Masters is made up of 88 golfers, ranging from top professionals to lesser-known amateurs.

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Dustin Johnson, who won last year’s rescheduled tournament in front of no spectators in November, will look to repeat and become just the fourth player to win in back-to-back years.

The field also features a number of big names who have yet to win a green jacket, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau. While DeChambeau will try to conquer the course with his enormous drives, it’s often times the player who’s putting the best that gets the green jacket.

Jordan Spieth enters the tournament with some momentum after recently winning the Texas Open. Spieth won his lone Masters in 2015 but hasn’t won a major since 2017.

Of course, the field and the gallery will miss the presence of Tiger Woods who continues to recover from injuries he sustained during a recent car crash in California. Woods has won the tournament five times, most recently in 2019.

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