For many golf fans, the Masters represents both the curtain-raiser and pinnacle of the major tournament season.
The number of green jackets a player wins is often one of the standards for excellence in the sport. Perhaps it isn't a coincidence that Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods top the list of most Masters victories.
The first round for the 2015 edition is set to begin on Thursday. You can view the full tee times for Round 1 below, followed by four golfers to watch as the tournament unfolds.
|2015 Masters Tee Times|
|Time (ET)||Round 1||Round 2|
|7:45 a.m.||Brian Harman||Charley Hoffman||Ian Woosnam||Erik Compton||Marc Leishman|
|7:56 a.m.||Larry Mize||Danny Willett||Byron Meth||Trevor Immelman||Kevin Stadler||Scott Harvey|
|8:07 a.m.||Tom Watson||Gary Woodland||Camilo Villegas||Ben Martin||Robert Streb||Cameron Tringale|
|8:18 a.m.||Mike Weir||Ben Crane||Corey Conners||Sandy Lyle||Seung-yul Noh||Bradley Neil|
|8:29 a.m.||Vijay Singh||Russell Henley||Darren Clarke||Bernhard Langer||Bernd Wiesberger||Geoff Ogilvy|
|8:40 a.m.||Jose Maria Olazabal||Brendon Todd||Kevin Na||Zach Johnson||Jim Furyk||Ernie Els|
|8:51 a.m.||Jonas Blixt||Kevin Streelman||Stephen Gallacher||Angel Cabrera||Louis Oosthuizen||Matias Dominguez|
|9:02 a.m.||Patrick Reed||Keegan Bradley||Ian Poulter||Mark O'Meara||Chris Kirk||Shane Lowry|
|9:13 a.m.||Miguel Angel Jimenez||Lee Westwood||Anirban Lahiri||Padraig Harrington||Ryan Palmer||Thomas Bjorn|
|9:24 a.m.||Bubba Watson||Justin Rose||Gunn Yang||James Hahn||Mikko Ilonen||Hunter Mahan|
|9:35 a.m.||Adam Scott||Dustin Johnson||Antonio Murdaca||Matt Kuchar||Brooks Koepka||Graeme McDowell|
|9:57 a.m.||Morgan Hoffmann||Steve Stricker||Matt Every||Jordan Spieth||Henrik Stenson||Billy Horschel|
|10:08 a.m.||Ben Crenshaw||Bill Haas||Jason Dufner||Fred Couples||Branden Grace||Thongchai Jaidee|
|10:19 a.m.||Webb Simpson||Hideki Matsuyama||Paul Casey||Luke Donald||Victor Dubuisson||John Senden|
|10:30 a.m.||Charl Schwartzel||Joost Luiten||Sangmoon Bae||Tiger Woods||Jamie Donaldson||Jimmy Walker|
|10:41 a.m.||Phil Mickelson||Rory McIlroy||Ryan Moore||Jason Day||Sergio Garcia||Rickie Fowler|
|10:52 a.m.||J.B. Holmes||Martin Kaymer||Brandt Snedeker||Brian Harman||Charley Hoffman|
|11:03 a.m.||Ian Woosnam||Erik Compton||Marc Leishman||Larry Mize||Danny Willett||Byron Meth|
|11:14 a.m.||Trevor Immelman||Kevin Stadler||Scott Harvey||Tom Watson||Gary Woodland||Camilo Villegas|
|11:25 a.m.||Ben Martin||Robert Streb||Cameron Tringale||Mike Weir||Ben Crane||Corey Conners|
|11:36 a.m.||Sandy Lyle||Seung-yul Noh||Bradley Neil||Vijay Singh||Russell Henley||Darren Clarke|
|11:47 a.m.||Bernhard Langer||Bernd Wiesberger||Geoff Ogilvy||Jose Maria Olazabal||Brendon Todd||Kevin Na|
|12:09 p.m.||Zach Johnson||Jim Furyk||Ernie Els||Jonas Blixt||Kevin Streelman||Stephen Gallacher|
|12:20 p.m.||Angel Cabrera||Louis Oosthuizen||Matias Dominguez||Patrick Reed||Keegan Bradley||Ian Poulter|
|12:31 p.m.||Mark O'Meara||Chris Kirk||Shane Lowry||Miguel Angel Jimenez||Lee Westwood||Anirban Lahiri|
|12:42 p.m.||Padraig Harrington||Ryan Palmer||Thomas Bjorn||Bubba Watson||Justin Rose||Gunn Yang|
|12:53 p.m.||James Hahn||Mikko Ilonen||Hunter Mahan||Adam Scott||Dustin Johnson||Antonio Murdaca|
|1:04 p.m.||Matt Kuchar||Brooks Koepka||Graeme McDowell||Morgan Hoffmann||Steve Stricker||Matt Every|
|1:15 p.m.||Jordan Spieth||Henrik Stenson||Billy Horschel||Ben Crenshaw||Bill Haas||Jason Dufner|
|1:26 p.m.||Fred Couples||Branden Grace||Thongchai Jaidee||Webb Simpson||Hideki Matsuyama||Paul Casey|
|1:37 p.m.||Luke Donald||Victor Dubuisson||John Senden||Charl Schwartzel||Joost Luiten||Sangmoon Bae|
|1:48 p.m.||Tiger Woods||Jamie Donaldson||Jimmy Walker||Phil Mickelson||Rory McIlroy||Ryan Moore|
|1:59 p.m.||Jason Day||Sergio Garcia||Rickie Fowler||J.B. Holmes||Martin Kaymer||Brandt Snedeker|
Golfers to Watch
The Masters is the one major tournament Rory McIlroy has yet to win after he captured the 2014 Open Championship title. If the 25-year-old is to truly be remembered among the greats, getting at least one green jacket is essentially a must.
In an interview with Brian Wacker of PGATour.com, McIlroy admitted that he never foresaw himself reaching such great heights already, but now that he has, he wants to become the best ever:
I never wanted to try to break records or looked at someone and said I wanted to do that. I just wanted to win the biggest golf tournaments in the world and be the best player in the world. Now it's more I want to be the best player I can be because I know if I can do that hopefully it's going to be better than anyone else. Now it's all self-motivation.
The biggest thing for McIlroy will be putting together four strong rounds at Augusta, something he's failed to really accomplish since 2009:
|Rory McIlroy Masters Round-by-Round Record|
It's about time McIlroy tamed Augusta National.
You can't get much closer than Jason Day has to winning a green jacket without actually winning it. He finished in a tie for second in 2011 and placed third in 2013.
Day looked like a strong contender going into the 2014 Masters, but health problems hindered his performance, and he wound up tied for 20th.
"I came back early from injury just to play Augusta," said Day, per The Guardian's Ewan Murray. "I actually played well but didn't putt that great and found myself off for another six weeks after that. I came back again, had another six weeks off again. Later in the year I had a bulged disc in my back so it was a struggle."
The 27-year-old has looked good so far in 2015, picking up one win and four top-10 finishes in seven events. According to the PGA Tour, he's third in green-in-regulation percentage, second in birdie average and ninth in scoring average.
Day should be one of the guys near the top of the leaderboard heading into the final day.
At last year's Masters, Jordan Spieth burst onto the scene. He shocked just about everybody by finishing in a tie with Jonas Blixt for second.
That doesn't appear to be a one-off, either. While Spieth's subsequent major results couldn't match up, you could see him making strides as the PGA season went on. The 21-year-old has been excellent in 2015, as well, racking up two wins and six top-10s in 10 PGA events.
Golf Channel's Justin Ray thinks Spieth is heading into Augusta on a healthy run of form:
It might be too much to expect Spieth to win the 2015 Masters or even duplicate last year's showing. He's still so young, and there are bound to be growing pains. Just think back to how much criticism McIlroy received before last year.
A disastrous finish wouldn't be all that terrible for Spieth, but many golf fans, especially those in the United States, will want him to at least be in contention during the final 18 holes.
Pretty much every golf fan is aware of the Dustin Johnson saga. He returned from his six-month absence in February at the Farmers Insurance Open, missing the cut.
The 30-year-old is the classic case of a guy with all the talent in the world failing to make the most of his otherworldly abilities. Johnson hasn't been a complete bust, but there isn't much separating him from every other somewhat young American golfer.
His win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship has led some to ponder whether Johnson is finally ready to fulfill his potential. Golf.com posed the question to a panel of writers, many of whom were bullish on his prospects.
A strong finish at Augusta would really drive home that Johnson is moving forward. He's never placed higher than 13th.