The green jacket cannot be won Thursday at the Masters, but it can certainly be lost.
It is essential for the top competitors to remain in the hunt with solid performances in the first round at Augusta because this field is loaded with talent. The only way to compete for a title is to make sure that there aren’t too many top-notch golfers ahead of you on any given day.
With that in mind, here is a look at every tee time for the first day of competition.
|7:45 a.m.||Stewart Cink||Tim Clark|
|7:56 a.m.||Ian Woosnam||John Huh||Kevin Stadler|
|8:07 a.m.||Ben Crenshaw||YE Yang||Jonas Blixt|
|8:18 a.m.||Mark O'Meara||Steven Bowditch||Jordan Niebrugge|
|8:29 a.m.||John Senden||Boo Weekley||David Lynn|
|8:40 a.m.||Craig Stadler||Scott Stallings||Martin Kaymer|
|8:51 a.m.||Tom Watson||Billy Horschel||Brendon de Jonge|
|9:02 a.m.||Mike Weir||Matt Every||Roberto Castro|
|9:13 a.m.||Angel Cabrera||Gary Woodland||Ian Poulter|
|9:24 a.m.||Fred Couples||Webb Simpson||Chang-woo Lee|
|9:35 a.m.||Graeme McDowell||Rickie Fowler||Jimmy Walker|
|9:57 a.m.||Zach Johnson||K.J. Choi||Steve Stricker|
|10:08 a.m.||Miguel Angel Jimenez||Bill Haas||Matteo Manassero|
|10:19 a.m.||Brandt Snedeker||Jamie Donaldson||Hideki Matsuyama|
|10:30 a.m.||Charl Schwartzel||Jim Furyk||Thorbjorn Olesen|
|10:41 a.m.||Adam Scott||Jason Dufner||Matthew Fitzpatrick|
|10:52 a.m.||Jordan Spieth||Patrick Reed||Rory McIlroy|
|11:03 a.m.||Kevin Streelman||DA Points|
|11:14 a.m.||Larry Mize||Branden Grace||Michael McCoy|
|11:25 a.m.||Sandy Lyle||Matt Jones||Ken Duke|
|11:36 a.m.||Jose Maria Olazabal||Lucas Glover||Garrick Porteous|
|11:47 a.m.||Nick Watney||Stephen Gallacher||Darren Clarke|
|12:09 p.m.||Vijay Singh||Thomas Bjorn||Ryan Moore|
|12:20 p.m.||Matt Kuchar||Lewis Oosthuizen||Thongchai Jaidee|
|12:31 p.m.||Trevor Immelman||Graham DeLaet||Oliver Goss|
|12:42 p.m.||Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano||Derek Ernst||Sang-Moon Bae|
|12:53 p.m.||Bernhard Langer||Francesco Molinari||Chris Kirk|
|1:04 p.m.||Jason Day||Dustin Johnson||Henrik Stenson|
|1:15 p.m.||Bubba Watson||Luke Donald||Sergio Garcia|
|1:26 p.m.||Joost Luiten||Marc Leishman||Hunter Mahan|
|1:37 p.m.||Keegan Bradley||Victor Dubuisson||Peter Hanson|
|1:48 p.m.||Phil Mickelson||Ernie Els||Justin Rose|
|1:59 p.m.||Harris English||Lee Westwood||Russell Henley|
Masters Day 1 Coverage and Live Stream Information
Date: Thursday, April 10
Television: ESPN from 3 p.m. ET – 7:30 p.m. ET
Names to Watch in First Round
In the history of the sport, there have only been a few players to perform better at Augusta than Phil Mickelson.
However, the three-time champion finished a disappointing 54th in the 2013 Masters with a score of nine over par. That means that a quick start Thursday will be important for the lefty to reestablish his Masters confidence that has led to so many impressive finishes.
Another reason that a fast start is imperative is because Mickelson has dealt with injuries throughout the season. A solid score would likely give him confidence going forward in not only his game but also his health.
At least he won’t have to deal with Tiger Woods, who has ruined Mickelson’s Masters’ chances in the past. Mike O’Malley of Golf Digest pointed this out:
Masters stats: Phil Mickelson has the record for birdies in a tournament with 25 in 2001...and he lost to Tiger by three shots.— Mike O'Malley (@GD_MikeO) April 9, 2014
If there wasn’t any pressure on the defending Masters champion, then there would be more than only three players in the history of the event to win a repeat green jacket (Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus).
Adam Scott typically plays his best golf at the majors, but he will undoubtedly feel the eyes of the gallery upon him when he steps up to the tee Thursday. Much like Mickelson, an impressive first round will give Scott the confidence necessary to move forward and compete for another jacket over the weekend.
Dustin Johnson has been one of the best players on the Tour this season with a win and five top-10 finishes, but he withdrew from the Shell Houston Open in his last outing.
Johnson will look to reestablish the momentum that fueled him to so many impressive performances early in the year with a solid first round Thursday. It would also help put the disappointment from Houston firmly in the rear-view mirror.
Another aspect of Johnson’s game that will be interesting to watch is the fact that his brother will be caddying. Johnson discussed as much with John Boyette of the Augusta Chronicle (via the Washington Times):
He’s just starting out, so he’s not giving me any advice, really. It helps me go through the process. I double-check all the yardages, I’m pulling my own clubs. It helps me think a little bit better.
He’s on the bag. If we don’t play good, it’s not his fault. I don’t care what he does. As long as he carries the bag and keeps up with me, we’ll be all right.
Johnson has never won a major, and he will need a fast start if he hopes to do so at Augusta .
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