The greatest golfers in the world are set to tee off at Augusta National for the 2013 Masters, as the chase for the green jacket begins.
There are a number of great storylines to follow this year, many of which have been building up for some time.
Tiger Woods is looking to capture his fifth green jacket and 15th major, while Rory McIlroy will try yet again to crack the Top 10. Bubba Watson has an opportunity to join Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger as the only back-to-back champions. And, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang is set to become the youngest competitor in the history of the Masters.
Here is a look at the tee times for all 31 groups, as well as details on the five best groups to watch.
Tee Times for Rounds 1 and 2 (All times E.T. and courtesy of Masters.com)
8 a.m. and 10:56 a.m.—Sandy Lyle, John Peterson, Nathan Smith (a)
8:11 a.m. and 11:07 a.m.—Larry Mize, Brian Gay, Russell Henley
8:22 a.m. and 11:18 a.m.—Ian Woosnam, David Lynn, Kevin Na
8:33 a.m. and 11:29 a.m.—David Toms, Richard Sterne, Ted Potter Jr.
8:44 a.m. and 11:40 a.m.—Tom Watson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman
8:55 a.m. and 11:51 a.m.—Robert Garrigus, Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark
9:06 a.m. and 12:13 p.m.—Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk
9:17 a.m. and 12:24 p.m.—Brandt Snedeker, Ryo Ishikawa, Justin Rose
9:28 a.m. and 12:35 p.m.—Jose Maria Olazabal, Marc Leishman, T.J. Vogel (a)
9:39 a.m. and 12:46 p.m.—Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Peter Hanson
9:50 a.m. and 12:57 p.m.—Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Graeme McDowell
10:12 a.m. and 1:08 p.m.—Michael Thompson, John Huh, John Senden
10:23 a.m. and 1:19 p.m.—Stewart Cink, Nicolas Colsaerts, Thaworn Wiratchant
10:34 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.—Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, Steven Fox (a)
10:45 a.m. and 1:41 p.m.—Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Scott Piercy
10:56 a.m. and 1:52 p.m.—Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington
11:07 a.m. and 8 a.m.—John Merrick, Thorbjorn Olesen, D.A. Points
11:18 a.m. and 8:11 a.m.—Craig Stadler, Ben Curtis, Michael Weaver (a)
11:29 a.m. and 8:22 a.m.—Mark O'Meara, Martin Laird, Jamie Donaldson
11:40 a.m. and 8:33 a.m.—Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn, Gonzalo Fernandez Castano
11:51 a.m. and 8:44 a.m.—Trevor Immelman, George Coetzee, Alan Dunbar (a)
12:13 p.m. and 8:55 a.m.—Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney
12:24 p.m. and 9:06 a.m.—Ben Crenshaw, Matteo Manassero, Guan Tianlang (a)
12:35 p.m. and 9:17 a.m.—Bernhard Langer, Lucas Glover, Henrik Stenson
12:46 p.m. and 9:28 a.m.—Vijay Singh, Bo Van Pelt, Y.E. Yang
12:57 p.m. and 9:39 a.m.—Angel Cabrera, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott
1:08 p.m. and 9:50 a.m.—Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace
1:19 p.m. and 10:12 a.m.—Hunter Mahan, Hiroyuki Fujita, Francesco Molinari
1:30 p.m. and 10:23 a.m.—Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer
1:41 p.m. and 10:34 a.m.—Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Freddie Jacobson
1:52 p.m. and 10:45 a.m.—Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas
Five Must-Watch Groups
Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Scott Piercy
It’s hard to believe Tiger last donned the green jacket way back in 2005. However, it appears as though the gap between Tiger and the field is finally back. He’s won three of the five events he's entered this year and sits atop the world rankings.
Luke Donald is no stranger to being No. 1 in the world either, although he is a stranger to major championship success. Donald’s best result at a major is a tie for third at the 2005 Masters and 2006 PGA Championship. Is this his year?
Watch out for Masters rookie Scott Piercy, who at 34 years old, will look to take advantage of a great opportunity.
Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington
With two rising stars and a 41-year-old three-time major winner, this will be an entertaining group to watch.
Australian Jason Day has been average thus far this year and will look to replicate the success he had at the 2011 Masters when he finished tied for second. Fowler was in contention on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and is currently in the Top 25 in putting average. Look for Fowler to have one of his strongest performances yet at a major. Harrington comes in having played well at the Texas Open last week.
Angel Cabrera, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott
2009 champion Angel Cabrera always seems to find himself near the top of the leaderboard at one point or another at the Masters.
While Garcia, age 33 and Scott, age 32 are two of the best on tour who have yet to win a major. They have both come close on a number of occasions, together racking up eight top-three finishes at majors.
This is a group of experienced golfers who know their way around the course and should expect to be in the hunt on Sunday, as they were last year.
Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer
Here we have three golfers who have won at least one major.
Mickelson has a couple top-three finishes this year, including a win at the Phoenix Open where he posted in an impressive -28. It looks as though "Lefty" still has a lot left in the tank at 42 years old, as he searches for his fourth green jacket.
Oosthuizen came up just short last year, losing to Watson in a playoff, despite recording a double eagle in the final round. Oosthuizen is coming off a strong performance as the Houston Open where he shot a -11.
Kaymer is very much an underdog. He has struggled to find his game of late and has only made the cut once at Augusta, finishing in a tie for 44th.
Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Freddie Jacobson
Not much needs to be said about McIlroy, as his struggles early on this year were well documented. The 23-year-old was back in form last week at the Texas Open, however, where he finished in second place.
Keegan Bradley is fun to watch and has been playing some of the best golf of his career lately. He already has five top-10 finishes this year and is ninth on Tour in driving distance.
While McIlroy and Bradley can pound the ball down the fairway, Jacobson’s best asset is his putting. The 38-year-old played well in his last two tournaments and could help make this the lowest scoring group heading into the weekend.
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