Augusta National Golf Club
2015 winner Jordan Spieth will hope to retain his Masters title at the picturesque Augusta National Golf ClubGetty

The eagerly-awaited 80th edition of The Masters Tournament takes place at Augusta National Golf Club in the US state of Georgia between 7-10 April.

Where to watch live

In the United Kingdom, coverage of all four days is available on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 4 HD from 7pm BST. The BBC will have highlights of Thursday and Friday's play before screening their own live footage on BBC Two and the Red Button across the weekend. As ever with the Masters, there are strict broadcasting rules in place and the exact timings of terrestrial programmes can be found here.

Overview

One year on from Jordan Spieth's ruthlessly successful pursuit of his first green jacket, golf's opening and most distinguished major takes centre stage once again this week. The talented 22-year-old, who also went on to win the US Open at Chambers Bay, bounced back from his near-miss in 2014 to equal compatriot Tiger Woods' record 18-under-par score and become the second-youngest winner in the tournament's 82-year history.

The defending champion's form has not been quite so stellar coming into this year's competition, however. Jason Day, the Australian who knocked Spieth into second place and finally ended his own long major drought at the US PGA Championship, regained the world number one ranking during a profitable weekend at last month's WGC-Dell Match Play Championships in Austin, Texas. He has amassed an impressive streak of six wins from his last 13 tour outings, including a one-shot victory over Kevin Chappell at the recent Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Jason Day and Rory McIlroy
Jason Day and Rory McIlroy are among the main threats to Spieth's reign at AugustaGetty

As for Rory McIlroy, the Masters remains the one golf major to have thus far eluded him. Only Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Woods have previously secured the coveted career grand slam and every year there appears to be more pressure on the Northern Irishman to join such an illustrious club. In addition to Spieth and Day, his main competition this time around will likely come from past winners in Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and the evergreen Phil Mickelson. Rickie Fowler, still without a major title to his name, should also pose a significant threat of his own.

The 89-man field for this year's competition is the lowest since 2002, but it does not include Woods as the 14-time major winner – a champion at Augusta on four separate occasions between 1997-2005 – misses out for the second time in three years having declared himself "not physically ready" to return just yet following two back procedures. His last event was the Wyndham Championship in August 2015.

Odds (via Betfair)

Winner

Jason Day - 7/1

Rory McIlroy - 9/1

Jordan Spieth - 10/1

Bubba Watson - 11/1

Adam Scott - 12/1

Rickie Fowler - 14/1

Selected tee times for Thursday's first round (all times BST):

14.26: Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Cheng Jin (a)

14.48: Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau (a)

15.43: Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Henrik Stenson

15.54: Justin Rose, Jamie Donaldson, Daniel Berger

16.05: Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka

17.44: Bubba Watson, Braden Grace, Ian Poulter

18.06: Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els

19.01: Martin Kaymer, Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy