The 2014 Masters Tournament officially begins on Thursday, and the first major of the PGA season is set to be an exciting one.
While there are a ton of big names that will be competing for the green jacket, the biggest name in golf won't be there, as Tiger Woods will miss the tournament due to a nagging back injury, according to his official website.
With the first round set to begin on Thursday, let's take a look at the official tee times and viewing information for Day 1 as well as some predictions for the entire tournament.
Date: Thursday, April 10
Time: 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
Live Stream: CBSSports.com
|Tee Time (ET)||Player 1||Player 2||Player 3|
|8:07 a.m.||Ben Crenshaw||Y.E. Yang||Jonas Blixt|
|8:18 a.m.||Mark O'Meara||Steven Bowditch||Jordan Niebrugge|
|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|
|9:57 a.m.||Zach Johnson||KJ Choi||Steve Stricker|
|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|
|11:36 a.m.||Jose Maria Olazabal||Lucas Glover||Garrick Porteous|
|12:09 p.m.||Vijay Singh||Thomas Bjorn||Ryan Moore|
|1:15 p.m.||Bubba Watson||Luke Donald||Sergio Garcia|
|1:48 p.m.||Phil Mickelson||Ernie Els||Justin Rose|
Complete pairings and tee times can be viewed at Masters.com.
Phil Mickelson's Injury Won't Hold Him Back
Just a couple of weeks ago, Phil Mickelson was forced to withdraw from the Valero Texas Open after pulling an oblique muscle, according to Kyle Porter of CBS Sports. While the injury was a concern so close to the Masters, it shouldn't keep Mickelson from being a legitimate contender for another green jacket.
Mickelson has had plenty of success at Augusta, winning the major three times in 2004, 2006 and 2010. However, Lefty hasn't had the best start to this season, finishing out of the top 10 in all nine events he's played in so far.
That doesn't mean that Mickelson won't step up at the Masters. Having the experience of winning the tournament before gives him an advantage over other golfers who haven't had the opportunity to win the green jacket. Mickelson talked about being nervous heading into the Masters, according to Porter, saying:
I'm certainly nervous, because this is a week that I care about the most. This is the most special tournament, and I have to rely on kind of past performances and past successes and past memories to build that confidence.
Sometimes you force things when you shouldn't. Sometimes your mind goes where it shouldn't and start seeing what you don't want to have happen and it's sometimes difficult to control your thoughts.
Lefty will be trying to win his fourth Masters, and his injury shouldn't be holding him back.
Jason Day Will Be Near Top of Leaderboard Throughout Weekend
At 26 years old, Jason Day has come very close to winning a major championship, but he's never actually been able to take a title. With a strong start to this year, Day might finally be able to get his first major title this season, or even as early as this weekend.
Day had a lot of success at the major tournaments last year, finishing in third at the Masters, tied for second at the U.S. Open and tied for eighth at the PGA Championship. In four tournaments so far this season, Day has finished in the top 10 in two of them, coming in second at the Farmers Insurance Open.
The only issue for Day heading into the tournament is that he's been dealing with a thumb injury. However, Day doesn't feel like it's a concern, according to Steve DiMeglio from USA Today:
It's fine. There's no pain. I'm taping it just as a precaution. To be able to swing pain-free now is great. ... I've played 36 holes here over the last four days, and the hand's coming up nicely. I'm really looking forward to a nice, solid start.
After such a strong showing last season, Day should be able to stay near the top of the leaderboard throughout the weekend and, if he can stay consistent, maybe even take home the green jacket.