Tiger to tee off with Donald

2013-04-09 18:32
Tiger Woods (AFP)

Augusta - World No 1 Tiger Woods will begin his quest for a 15th major title on Thursday alongside England's Luke Donald and fellow American Scott Piercy at this year's 77th Masters.

Masters: First round pairings

Pairings released on Tuesday have Woods and his playing partners teeing off at 10:45 on Thursday morning in the opening round and 13:41 in the afternoon on Friday in the second round.

Woods has 14 major titles, four shy of matching the all-time record of 18 won by Jack Nicklaus, and 77 career tour triumphs, five shy of Sam Snead's all-time record of 82.

Woods has not won a major since the 2008 US Open and while he has won four Masters titles, he has not won at Augusta National since 2005.

In the group just ahead of Woods for the first two rounds will be defending champion Bubba Watson, US Amateur champion Steven Fox and Britain's Ian Poulter.

The group playing directly after Woods includes Irishman Padraig Harrington, Australian Jason Day and American Rickie Fowler.

World No 2 Rory McIlroy goes off in Thursday's penultimate group alongside American Keegan Bradley and Sweden's Fredrik Jacobson while one group in front of them is three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson, Germany's Martin Kaymer and South African Louis Oosthuizen, last year's Masters runner-up.

Pairings for Thursday's opening round of the 77th Masters, the year's first major golf championship, at par-72 Augusta National (all times local, six hours behind SA times, USA unless noted):

8:00: Sandy Lyle (SCO), John Peterson, Nathan Smith

8:11: Larry Mize, Brian Gay, Russell Henley

8:22: Ian Woosnam (WAL), David Lynn (ENG), Kevin Na

8:33: David Toms, Richard Sterne (RSA), Ted Potter

8:44: Tom Watson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman

8:55: Robert Garrigus, Carl Pettersson (SWE), Tim Clark (RSA)

9:06: Mike Weir (CAN), Lee Westwood (ENG), Jim Furyk

9:17: Brandt Snedeker, Ryo Ishikawa (JPN), Justin Rose (ENG)

9:28: Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP), Marc Leishman (AUS), TJ Vogel

9:39: Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Webb Simpson, Peter Hanson (SWE)

9:50: Zach Johnson, KJ Choi (KOR), Graeme McDowell (NIR)

10:01: Open

10:12: Michael Thompson, John Huh, John Senden (AUS)

10:23: Stewart Cink, Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL), Thaworn Wiratchant (THA)

10:34: Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter (ENG), Steven Fox

10:45: Tiger Woods, Luke Donald (ENG), Scott Piercy

10:56: Jason Day (AUS), Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington (IRL)

11:07: John Merrick, Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), DA Points

11:18: Craig Stadler, Ben Curtis, Michael Weaver

11:29: Mark O'Meara, Martin Laird (SCO), Jamie Donaldson (WAL)

11:40: Paul Lawrie (SCO), Thomas Bjorn (DEN), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP)

11:51: Trevor Immelman (RSA), George Coetzee (RSA), Alan Dunbar (NIR)

12:02: Open

12:13: Ernie Els (RSA), Steve Stricker, Nick Watney

12:24: Ben Crenshaw, Matteo Manassero (ITA), Guan Tianlang (CHN)

12:35: Bernhard Langer (GER), Lucas Glover, Henrik Stenson (SWE)

12:46: Vijay Singh (FIJ), Bo Van Pelt, Yang Yong-Eun (KOR)

12:57: Angel Cabrera (ARG), Sergio Garcia (ESP), Adam Scott (AUS)

1:08: Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace (RSA)

1:19: Hunter Mahan, Hiroyuki Fujita (JPN), Francesco Molinari (ITA)

1:30: Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Martin Kaymer (GER)

1:41: Rory McIlroy (NIR), Keegan Bradley, Fredrik Jacobson (SWE)

1:52: Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas

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