Masters: Five things you need to know about Thursday’s opening round


The 2021 Masters Tournament begins at 7:45 a.m. Thursday, with the honorary tee shots of Lee Elder, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.

After that, the scores count and everyone is chasing defending champion Dustin Johnson, in hopes he’ll put the green jacket on them Sunday afternoon in Butler Cabin.

In what finally feels like a tiny bit of normalcy, the Masters has returned to its traditional April spot on the calendar, and there will be a few patrons roaming the grounds at Augusta National.

Here are five storylines to pay attention to as you watch online and on ESPN in the afternoon:

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