The world’s best golfers will begin play at Augusta on Thursday, seeking to win the coveted Green Jacket that is awarded to the winner of the Masters. Here are the top five groups to watch during the first two days of play. All of the tee times are listed below.
1. 10:45 a.m.-1:41 p.m. – Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Scott Piercy
All eyes will rightfully be on Woods as he seeks his fifth Green Jacket and 15th major victory. Luke Donald, who had been the world’s top golfer for a stint while Woods struggled with his swing and personal life, is also in the group.
2. 10:34 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, a-Steven Fox
Watson, the defending Masters champion, and Poulter will provide plenty of flair. They have two of the most engaging personalities on tour. And in recent years, their golf games have lived up to their outsized personalities.
3. 1:30 p.m.-10:23 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer
“Lefty” has won three green jackets and has nearly every shot imaginable–and unimaginable. Louis Oosthuizen, the South African British Open Winner, and German Martin Kaymer, a former PGA Championship winner who is known for being cool under pressure, joins him.
4. 12:24 p.m.-9:06 a.m. – Ben Crenshaw, Matteo Manassero, a-Guan Tianlang
Both Crenshaw and the 14-year-old Chinese amateur Tianlang may not make it to the weekend, but it will be fascinating to see Crenshaw, who won two Green Jackets before Tianlang was even born, play with the golf prodigy. Manassero has the best odds of making it to the weekend, but the Tianlang has gotten a ton of buzz this week. Players like Woods and Crenshaw have complimented his game and poise. Tianlang got an invitation because the Masters, in an attempt to expand the tournament’s reach in Asia, started to award an automatic bid to the winner of the Asian-Pacific Amateur Championship.
5. 12:57 p.m.-9:39 a.m. – Angel Cabrera, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott
Cabrera, the Argentinian and previous Masters champ known as “el pato” (the duck), somehow always seems to find his game at Augusta. Garcia, the Spaniard, and Scott, the Australian, join him in an all-international group that will have plenty of flair and daring shot-making.
Notables: Rory McIlroy (1:41 p.m.-10:34 a.m.); Ernie Els and Steve Stricker (12:13 p.m.-8:55 a.m.); Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk (9:06 a.m.-12:13 p.m.); Fred Couples and Dustin Johnson (1:08 p.m.-9:50 a.m.)
Tee Times for Thursday-Friday (all times eastern)
8 a.m.-10:56 a.m. – Sandy Lyle, John Peterson, a-Nathan Smith
8:11 a.m.-11:07 a.m. – Larry Mize, Brian Gay, Russell Henley
8:22 a.m.-11:18 a.m. – Ian Woosnam, David Lynn, Kevin Na
8:33 a.m.-11:29 a.m. – David Toms, Richard Sterne, Ted Potter Jr.
8:44 a.m.-11:40 a.m. – Tom Watson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman
8:55 a.m.-11:51 a.m. – Robert Garrigus, Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark
9:06 a.m.-12:13 p.m. – Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk
9:17 a.m.-12:24 p.m. – Brandt Snedeker, Ryo Ishikawa, Justin Rose
9:28 a.m.-12:35 p.m. – Jose Maria Olazabal, Marc Leishman, a-T.J. Vogel
9:39 a.m.-12:46 p.m. – Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Peter Hanson
9:50 a.m.-12:57 p.m. – Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Graeme McDowell
10:12 a.m.-1:08 p.m. – Michael Thompson, John Huh, John Senden
10:23 a.m.-1:19 p.m. – Stewart Cink, Nicolas Colsaerts, Thaworn Wiratchant
10:34 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, a-Steven Fox
10:45 a.m.-1:41 p.m. – Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Scott Piercy
10:56 a.m.-1:52 p.m. – Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington
11:07 a.m.- 8 a.m. – John Merrick, Thorbjorn Olesen, D.A. Points
11:18 a.m.-8:11 a.m. – Craig Stadler, Ben Curtis, a-Michael Weaver
11:29 a.m.-8:22 a.m. – Mark O’Meara, Martin Laird, Jamie Donaldson
11:40 a.m.-8:33 a.m. – Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
11:51 a.m.-8:44 a.m. – Trevor Immelman, George Coetzee, a-Alan Dunbar
12:13 p.m.-8:55 a.m. – Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney
12:24 p.m.-9:06 a.m. – Ben Crenshaw, Matteo Manassero, a-Guan Tianlang
12:35 p.m.-9:17 a.m. – Bernhard Langer, Lucas Glover, Henrik Stenson
12:46 p.m.-9:28 a.m. – Vijay Singh, Bo Van Pelt, Y.E. Yang
12:57 p.m.-9:39 a.m. – Angel Cabrera, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott
1:08 p.m.-9:50 a.m. – Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace
1:19 p.m.-10:12 a.m. – Hunter Mahan, Hiroyuki Fujita, Francesco Molinari
1:30 p.m.-10:23 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer
1:41 p.m.-10:34 a.m. – Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Freddie Jacobson
1:52 p.m.-10:45 a.m. – Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas