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Masters 2022 Tee Times and Pairings for Augusta National Golf Club Announced

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVApril 5, 2022

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 05: Tiger Woods of the United States warms up on the range during a practice round prior to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 05, 2022 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Tiger Woods is scheduled to tee off the first round of the 2022 Masters Tournament at 10:34 a.m. ET on Thursday alongside Louis Oosthuizen and Joaquin Niemann.

Augusta National Golf Club announced the full slate of tee times for the first two rounds of the season's first major on Tuesday. Here's a look at some other notable groups with their opening-round start times:

  • 10:45 a.m. ET: Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, James Piot
  • 10:56 a.m. ET: Adam Scott, Scottie Scheffler, Tony Finau
  • 1:30 p.m. ET: Dustin Johnson, Billy Horschel, Collin Morikawa
  • 1:41 p.m. ET: Will Zalatoris, Patrick Cantlay, Jon Rahm
  • 1:52 p.m. ET: Jordan Spieth, Viktor Hovland, Xander Schauffele
  • 2:03 p.m. ET: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Brooks Koepka, Rory McIlroy

Woods confirmed during his press conference Tuesday he's planning to play "as of right now," which would be his first official appearance since November 2020, and said he's teeing it up with the intent of being in contention:

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He's a five-time Masters champion, and 1992 Masters winner Fred Couples, who played alongside Tiger and Justin Thomas in a practice round Monday, said his game looked in fine form.

"He looked phenomenal," Couples told reporters. "What impressed me the most is he was bombing it. I know JT's not the longest hitter on tour, but I know he's damn long. He was with him, flushing it."

With his game seemingly in good shape, the question surrounds whether his right leg, which was seriously injured in a February 2021 car crash, can physically handle four trips around Augusta.

Meanwhile, Hideki Matsuyama arrives as the defending champion after a final-round 65 to win last year's tournament by four strokes.

Matsuyama isn't the top choice on the betting markets to defend his title, though. Jon Rahm is the slight favorite over Thomas and a host of others, according to FanDuel Sportsbook:

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The Masters will begin Thursday at 8 a.m. when Jose Maria Olazabal and J.J. Spaun are the first players from the 91-golfer field to tee off.

Digital coverage will be available all four days on the Masters' official website. On television, ESPN will handle the first two rounds (3 p.m. ET both days) followed by CBS for the weekend (3 p.m. ET on Saturday and 2 p.m. ET on Sunday).

A champion will be crowned around 7 p.m. ET on Sunday.