Masters 2021: Which Canadians are playing, schedule, recaps, how to watch in Canada

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If you're thinking: Wait, didn't the Masters just happen? Well, yes, you are correct.

The 2020 Masters was just a few short months ago in November after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tournament to shift to the fall. Now, the 2021 version is happening during the normal spring period in Augusta, Ga.

One of the PGA's most prestigious tournaments, and one of its four majors, the 85th edition will see three Canadians go for the green jacket. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch the Canadians, along with how they did, in the 2021 Masters.

Which Canadians are playing at the 2021 Masters?

Corey Conners, Mackenzie Hughes and Mike Weir will hit the links at this year's tournament.

Back in 2003, Weir became the first Canadian to win the Masters — and a men's major championship — when he won the tournament on a playoff hole. The first lefty to win the major, the now 50-year-old son of Brights Grove, Ont., earned a lifetime slot at Augusta with the win and will be appearing for the 22nd time in his career. He enters the tournament after finishing second at the Champions Tour's Cologuard Classic at the end of February.

APRIL 13, 2003: Canada's Mike Weir wins the Masters

Conners, 29, is making his fourth trip around golf's hallowed grounds; he qualified after finishing tied for 10th in the 2020 edition. It's been a solid year thus far for the Listowel, Ont., native who finished third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, seventh at The Players Championship and, this past Sunday, tied for 14th at the Valero Texas Open.

"I’m definitely prepared to play in the Masters this year," Conners told the Toronto Sun's Jon McCarthy. "Yeah, I think my game’s gotten a little more polished over the last few years, a little more consistent. I’ve always known the good stuff was really good and was in there and proved that winning the tournament two years ago, but I would say my level of consistency has definitely improved. I’ve made improvements on certain parts of my game, particularly the short game where I have a lot more confidence around and on the greens."

Hughes will be making his first return to Augusta since 2017 (he missed the cut). The Dundas, Ont., 30-year-old is ranked 50th in the world (Conners is 41st) and nabbed his spot in this year's Masters after finishing 14th in the 2020 FedEx Cup standings. In recent months, he finished in the top 10 at Jack Nicklaus' Memorial Tournament and the WGC Match Play.

When are the tee times involving Canadians at the 2021 Masters?

Date Time (ET) Round Match
Thu, April 8 9:12 a.m. 1 Charl Schwartzel, Si Soo Kim, Corey Conners
Thu., April 8 11:30 a.m. 1 Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger
Thu., April 8 11:42 a.m. 1 Mike Weir, C.T. Pan, Robert MacIntyre
Fri., April 9 8:24 a.m. 2 Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger
Fri., April 9 8:26 a.m. 2 Mike Weir, C.T. Pan, Robert MacIntyre
Fri., April 9 12:24 p.m. 2 Charl Schwartzel, Si Soo Kim, Corey Conners
Sat., April 10 12:30 p.m. 3 Mackenzie Hughes, Robert MacIntyre
Sat., April 10 1:10 p.m. 3 Collin Morikawa, Corey Conners
Sun., April 11 12:20 p.m. 4 Shane Lowry, Mackenzie Hughes
Sun., April 11 2:20 p.m. 4 Will Zalatoris, Corey Conners

* Will start on the back nine.

Canadian competitors are denoted in bold.

What TV channel, live stream is 2021 Masters on in Canada?

The Masters is available in its entirety in Canada on TSN and RDS. In addition to TSN and RDS, CTV will also air the final two rounds.

Viewers can watch online with TSN.ca, the TSN App and TSN Direct.

Where are the Canadians on the 2021 Masters leaderboard?

Player Rd. Overall Place R1 R2 R3 R4
Corey Conners 4 -4 T8 73 69 68 74
Mackenzie Hughes 4 +4 T40 72 72 72 76
Mike Weir 2 +5 Cut 78 71

How did the Canadians do in the first round of the 2021 Masters?

Mackenzie Hughes

Hughes had the best start among the trio. While he's seven strokes behind leader Justin Rose (-7), he's just one of 19 players to not shoot over par on Day 1. He birdied two of the par-5s — Nos. 2 and No. 15 (narrowly missing eagle on 15) — but bogeyed back-to-back holes at the par-4 ninth (missed a knee-knocker) and 10th (centimeters away from a par putt).

The Canadian had a chance for birdie on the par-4 fifth but his long putt came up just short. He also had a chance for birdie on 11 but again missed a very short putt.

On the seventh hole, he saved par with a great third shot out of the bunker that set up a short putt. He also miraculously saved par on 13 after his tee shot went into the woods.

Corey Conners

Things didn't start off so great for Conners; he bogeyed the first hole when he sent a par putt just wide. He did right the ship a bit when he just missed a birdie putt on the second hole before birdieing 3, 5 and 9 to move to 2 under. He was leading at the time.

The back nine was less ideal as he bogeyed 11, double-bogeyed 13 and bogeyed 16. He also birdied 15. On the infamous 13th, Conners' second shot went into Rae's Creek before his fourth shot rolled down the other side of the green. His shot for bogey went wide before he finished 2 over for the hole.

"I got a little greedy my second shot and ended up hitting it in the creek, then I compounded the error there and ended up making a double," Conners told reporters after. "It was just a little bit of a mishit. I was just trying to stick it to the pin more than I needed to and just didn’t quite catch it solid. I ended up coming up short."

Conners saved par on 17 as his tee shot — with sirens wailing in the background — went into the wood chips. His shot out of the trees was on target and you could hear "That's a great shot" from those watching.

Mike Weir

While Hughes had a great day and Conners had a good one, Weir's day was anything but. The elder statesman bogeyed holes 5 through 8 and double-bogeyed 11 and 14. He did birdie two holes — 10 and 13 — and narrowly missed going 1 under on holes 2, 3 and 16.

While he wasn't too thrilled with his third shot on the par-4 17th, he made a ridiculously long putt to save par. The lefty also saved par on 18 after his second shot on the par-4 rolled off the back of the green.

How did the Canadians do in the second round of the 2021 Masters?

Corey Conners

Conners made a big turnaround Friday as he shot a 3-under 69 to move up seven spots. He now sits five strokes off the lead. A good chunk of why he skyrocketed up the leaderboard was his eagle on 13 — the same par-5 on which he shot seven Thursday. 

Mackenzie Hughes

It was another even day for Hughes. He bogeyed four holes on the front nine, to go with two birdies. On the back nine, he made three birdies and a bogey. 

Mike Weir

After making the cut for the first time since 2014 in November, Weir returned to his old ways and failed to make the cut in 2021. He did have a much better round on Friday at Augusta, posting a 1-under 71. He bogeyed Nos. 1, 9 and 10 but also birdied Nos. 3, 8, 13 and 18.

How did the Canadians do in the third round of the 2021 Masters?

Corey Conners

After a fantastic turn around the track in 2020 where he finished tied for 10th, Conners put in a round Saturday that brought him closer to the green jacket. The Canadian shot a 4-under 68 (tied for the second-best round of the day) thanks to an ace on six, moving him to sixth on the leaderboard and five strokes back.  

For more on Conners' third round: Click here.

Mackenzie Hughes

Hughes was even-steven once again as he shoots a 72 for the third straight round. He had a chance at going 1 under for the round but bogeyed 18.

How did the Canadians do in the fourth round of the 2021 Masters?

Corey Conners

To put it mildly, Conners imploded on Sunday. Everything was OK through the first four holes — he was 1 under for the round thanks to a birdie on No. 2. He was just four strokes off the lead. 

But then things went bad, really bad. Conners went bogey, bogey, double bogey and bogey on holes 5 through 8. He settled down and finished with a 2-over 74 for the day and earned a spot in next year's Masters with a top-10 finish.

Mackenzie Hughes

After shooing 72s in each of the first three rounds, Hughes also struggled on Masters Sunday and shot a 4-over 76. He bogeyed Nos. 4, 9, 10, 11 and 17 and double-bogeyed No. 5. Birdies on 8, 13 and 15 helped to save the day.

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