Players Championship 2013 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Saturday

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Players Championship 2013 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Saturday
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Tiger Woods’ fourth victory of the 2013 PGA Tour season is within reach at The Players Championship.

He earned a 2:40 p.m. ET tee time after his second straight five-under outing of the tournament on Friday. Woods trails Sergio Garcia who shot seven-under in Round 2 by one stroke.

World No. 2 Rory McIlroy began The Players Championship hot with a 66 on Thursday, but he finished even on the second day and finds himself five strokes behind the leader. While McIlroy has time to catch Woods and Garcia, Phil Mickelson doesn’t. Lefty, as well as Graeme McDowell amongst others, failed to make the cut.

Here are tee times, pairings and predictions for Saturday’s action.

 

Per PGATour.com (all times ET).

TPC Sawgrass Tee No. 1
Group  Time Players
1 8:25 am Brian Davis
2 8:30 am Louis Oosthuizen Angel Cabrera
3 8:40 am Jason Day Justin Leonard 
4 8:50 am Josh Teater William McGirt 
5 9:00 am James Hahn Branden Grace
6 9:10 am Padraig Harrington Michael Thompson
7 9:20 am Charlie Wi Jonas Blixt
8 9:30 am Charley Hoffman Seung-Yul Noh
9 9:40 am Bo Van Pelt John Senden
10 9:50 am Kyle Stanley Bubba Watson
11 10:00 am Jimmy Walker  Chad Campell 
12 10:10 am Charl Schwartzel David Hearn 
13 10:20 am Rory Sabbatini Freddie Jacobson
14 10:30 am James Driscoll Daniel Summerhays
15 10:40 am Boo Weekley Ricky Barnes
16 10:50 am D.A. Points John Huh
17 11:00 am Chris Stroud Jason Bohn
18 11:10 am Carl Pettersson K.J. Choi
19 11:20 am Davis Love III Martin Kaymer
20 11:30 am Sean O'Hair Andres Romero
21 11:40 am Jeff Maggert Roberto Castro
22 11:50 am Jeff Overton Brendon de Jonge
23 12:00 pm Graham DeLaet Harris English
24 12:10 pm Ben Curtis Luke Donald
25 12:20 pm Greg Chalmers Matt Every
26 12:30 pm Peter Hanson Ben Crane
27 12:40 pm Tim Herron David Lynn
28 12:50 pm Kevin Streelman Brandt Snedeker
29 1:00 pm Sang-Moon Bae Jerry Kelly
30 1:10 pm Steve Stricker Chris Kirk
31 1:20 pm Martin Laird Rory McIlroy
32 1:30 pm Jason Dufner Webb Simpsn
33 1:40 pm Charles Howell III Marc Leishman
34 1:50 pm Adam Scott Zach Johnson
35 2:00 pm Matt Kuchar Hunter Mahan
36 2:10 pm Casey Wittenberg David Lingmerth
37 2:20 pm Henrik Stenson Ryan Palmer
38 2:30 pm Kevin Chappell Lee Westwood
39 2:40 pm Sergio Garcia Tiger Woods

 

Most Intriguing Pairing

The two PGA Tour veterans have a history playing alongside one another, one Garcia is hoping doesn't repeat itself. Justin Ray of ESPN summed up that history with a statistic on Twitter.

Garcia will enter Saturday as TPC Sawgrass’ hottest golfer. History would lead one to believe he’ll cool off now that he’s head-to-head with Woods.

In the last eight years, Garcia has only won two PGA Tour events and one was The Players Championship. If there’s any tournament he could hold off Woods in, it’s this one.

 

Player Most Likely to Shine on Saturday

Tiger Woods

Woods had three wins all of last season. It’s only May and he’s already gunning for his fourth.

He’s only won The Players Championship once, and that was all the way back in 2001. One couldn’t tell the way he’s owned the tournament thus far. He finished Thursday with just a single bogey and sunk and eagle on Friday.

Expect Woods to inch closer to gaining even more of a stranglehold on his world No. 1 ranking on Saturday.

 

David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.

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