Masters

Tiger paired with Leishman, Fleetwood in Masters Round 1

2018-04-03 18:59
Tiger Woods (AP)

Augusta - Tiger Woods makes his much-anticipated return to the Masters alongside Britain's Tommy Fleetwood and Australian Marc Leishman on Thursday in the opening round of the 82nd Masters, according to tee times released on Tuesday.

Augusta National Golf Club will send off the 14-time major winner, a four-time Masters champion who has missed the past two years battling back injuries, and his playing partners off the first tee at 16:42 SA time.

Excitement has swirled around Woods this week after strong Masters tuneup efforts, including shares of second at the Valspar Championship and fifth at Bay Hill last month.

England's Fleetwood defended his crown at Abu Dhabi this year while Leishman last won at the 2017 BMW Championship. Each seeks his first major title.

The Woods trio is scheduled to tee off at 19:27 SA time in Friday's second round.

Defending champion Sergio Garcia of Spain is in the trio just behind the Woods group along with world number two Justin Thomas, who won his first major title in last year's PGA Championship, and US Amateur champion Doc Redman.

A trio of major winners follows the traditional Masters-amateur champions pairing with two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson joined by Sweden's Henrik Stenson and Aussie Jason Day.

Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose highlight the four final groups of the opening round.

Three-time Masters winner and five-time major champion Mickelson tees off fourth-from-last at 19:27 SA time on Thursday alongside fellow Americans Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

McIlroy, trying to complete a career Grand Slam by winning his first green jacket, follows at 19:38 SA time alongside Spain's third-ranked Jon Rahm and Aussie Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters winner.

Spieth, the 2015 Masters winner, goes off at 19:49 SA time alongside South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open winner, and Sweden's Alex Noren.

And the final Thursday trio includes world number one Dustin Johnson - who missed last year's Masters after falling down a staircase on the eve of the first round - plus England's Rose and Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama tees off on Thursday at 16:09 SA time with American Patton Kizzire and England's Paul Casey.

England's Ian Poulter, the last Masters qualifier after winning the PGA Houston Open on Sunday, tees off at 17:48 SA time on Thursday alongside American Patrick Cantlay and South Africa's Trevor Immelman.

The first group off after honorary starters Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player tee off at 14:15 SA time.

Tee times for the first round of the 2018 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on Thursday (a-denotes amateur):

All SA times

14:15: Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus (honorary starters)

14:30: Austin Cook (USA), Ted Potter Jr. (USA), Wesley Bryan (USA)

14:41: Ian Woosnam (WAL), Ryan Moore (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

14:52: Mike Weir (CAN), Brendan Steele (USA), a-Matt Parziale (USA)

15:03: Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP), Kevin Chappell (USA), Dylan Frittelli (RSA)

15:14: Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG)

15:25: Mark O'Meara (USA), Brian Harman (USA), a-Harry Ellis (ENG)

15:36: Vijay Singh (FIJ), Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Daniel Berger (USA) 

15:47: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Pat Perez (USA), Franco Molinari (ITA) 

15:58: Danny Willett (ENG), Kyle Stanley (USA), Jason Dufner (USA)

16:09: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Patton Kizzire (USA), Paul Casey (ENG)

16:31: Zach Johnson (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Branden Grace (RSA)

16:42: Tiger Woods (USA), Marc Leishman (AUS), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)

16:53: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Justin Thomas (USA), a-Doc Redman (USA)

17:04: Bubba Watson (USA), Henrik Stenson (DEN), Jason Day (AUS)

17:15: Patrick Reed (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA), Adam Hadwin (CAN)

17:26: Billy Horschel (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Cameron Smith (AUS)

17:37: Sandy Lyle (SCO), Kim Si-woo (KOR), a-Doug Ghim (USA)

17:48: Trevor Immelman (RSA), Ian Poulter (ENG), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

17:59: Angel Cabrera (ARG), Ross Fisher (ENG), Jimmy Walker (USA)

18:10: Fred Couples (USA), Li Hao Tong (CHN), a-Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

18:32: Larry Mize (USA), Russell Henley (USA), Shubhankar Sharma (IND)

18:43: Bernhard Langer (GER), Tony Finau (USA), Yuta Ikeda (JPN)

18:54: Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Webb Simpson (USA), a-Lin Yuxin (CHN)

19:05: Kevin Kisner (USA), Thomas Pieters (BEL), Xander Schauffele (USA)

19:16: Gary Woodland (USA), Yusaku Miyazato (JPN), Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)

19:27: Phil Mickelson (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA)

19:38: Adam Scott (AUS), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Jon Rahm (ESP), 

19:49: Jordan Spieth (USA), Alex Noren (SWE), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)

20:00: Justin Rose (ENG), Dustin Johnson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

Second round tee times on Friday:

14:30: Billy Horschel (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Cameron Smith (AUS)

14:41: Sandy Lyle (SCO), Kim Si-woo (KOR), a-Doug Ghim (USA)

14:52: Trevor Immelman (RSA), Ian Poulter (ENG), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

15:03: Angel Cabrera (ARG), Ross Fisher (ENG), Jimmy Walker (USA)

15:14: Fred Couples (USA), Li Hao Tong (CHN), a-Joaquin Niemann (CHI)

15:25: Larry Mize (USA), Russell Henley (USA), Shubhankar Sharma (IND)

15:36: Bernhard Langer (GER), Tony Finau (USA), Yuta Ikeda (JPN)

15:47: Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Webb Simpson (USA), a-Lin Yuxin (CHN)

15:58: Kevin Kisner (USA), Thomas Pieters (BEL), Xander Schauffele (USA)

16:09: Gary Woodland (USA), Yusaku Miyazato (JPN), Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)

16:31: Phil Mickelson (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA)

16:42: Adam Scott (AUS), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Jon Rahm (ESP) 

16:53: Jordan Spieth (USA), Alex Noren (SWE), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)

17:04: Justin Rose (ENG), Dustin Johnson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

17:15: Austin Cook (USA), Ted Potter Jr. (USA), Wesley Bryan (USA)

17:26: Ian Woosnam (WAL), Ryan Moore (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)

17:37: Mike Weir (CAN), Brendan Steele (USA), a-Matt Parziale (USA)

17:48: Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP), Kevin Chappell (USA), Dylan Frittelli (RSA)

17:59: Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG)

18:10: Mark O'Meara (USA), Brian Harman (USA), a-Harry Ellis (ENG)

18:32: Vijay Singh (FIJ), Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Daniel Berger (USA) 

18:43: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA), Pat Perez (USA), Franco Molinari (ITA) 

18:54: Danny Willett (ENG), Kyle Stanley (USA), Jason Dufner (USA)

19:05: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Patton Kizzire (USA), Paul Casey (ENG)

19:16: Zach Johnson (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Branden Grace (RSA)

19:27: Tiger Woods (USA), Marc Leishman (AUS), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)

19:38: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Justin Thomas (USA), a-Doc Redman (USA)

19:49: Bubba Watson (USA), Henrik Stenson (DEN), Jason Day (AUS)

20:00: Patrick Reed (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA), Adam Hadwin (CAN)

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