Masters 2015 Tee Times and Pairings for Augusta National Golf Club Announced

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2015

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 13:  Jordan Spieth of the United States hits a shot out of the bunker on the 10th hole during the final round of the 2014 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 13, 2014 in Augusta, Georgia.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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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.

Tee Times

2015 Masters Tee Times
Time (ET)Round 1Round 2
7:45 a.m.Brian HarmanCharley HoffmanIan WoosnamErik ComptonMarc Leishman
7:56 a.m.Larry MizeDanny WillettByron MethTrevor ImmelmanKevin StadlerScott Harvey
8:07 a.m.Tom WatsonGary WoodlandCamilo VillegasBen MartinRobert StrebCameron Tringale
8:18 a.m.Mike WeirBen CraneCorey ConnersSandy LyleSeung-yul NohBradley Neil
8:29 a.m.Vijay SinghRussell HenleyDarren ClarkeBernhard LangerBernd WiesbergerGeoff Ogilvy
8:40 a.m.Jose Maria OlazabalBrendon ToddKevin NaZach JohnsonJim FurykErnie Els
8:51 a.m.Jonas BlixtKevin StreelmanStephen GallacherAngel CabreraLouis OosthuizenMatias Dominguez
9:02 a.m.Patrick ReedKeegan BradleyIan PoulterMark O'MearaChris KirkShane Lowry
9:13 a.m.Miguel Angel JimenezLee WestwoodAnirban LahiriPadraig HarringtonRyan PalmerThomas Bjorn
9:24 a.m.Bubba WatsonJustin RoseGunn YangJames HahnMikko IlonenHunter Mahan
9:35 a.m.Adam ScottDustin JohnsonAntonio MurdacaMatt KucharBrooks KoepkaGraeme McDowell
9:57 a.m.Morgan HoffmannSteve StrickerMatt EveryJordan SpiethHenrik StensonBilly Horschel
10:08 a.m.Ben CrenshawBill HaasJason DufnerFred CouplesBranden GraceThongchai Jaidee
10:19 a.m.Webb SimpsonHideki MatsuyamaPaul CaseyLuke DonaldVictor DubuissonJohn Senden
10:30 a.m.Charl SchwartzelJoost LuitenSangmoon BaeTiger WoodsJamie DonaldsonJimmy Walker
10:41 a.m.Phil MickelsonRory McIlroyRyan MooreJason DaySergio GarciaRickie Fowler
10:52 a.m.J.B. HolmesMartin KaymerBrandt SnedekerBrian HarmanCharley Hoffman
11:03 a.m.Ian WoosnamErik ComptonMarc LeishmanLarry MizeDanny WillettByron Meth
11:14 a.m.Trevor ImmelmanKevin StadlerScott HarveyTom WatsonGary WoodlandCamilo Villegas
11:25 a.m.Ben MartinRobert StrebCameron TringaleMike WeirBen CraneCorey Conners
11:36 a.m.Sandy LyleSeung-yul NohBradley NeilVijay SinghRussell HenleyDarren Clarke
11:47 a.m.Bernhard LangerBernd WiesbergerGeoff OgilvyJose Maria OlazabalBrendon ToddKevin Na
12:09 p.m.Zach JohnsonJim FurykErnie ElsJonas BlixtKevin StreelmanStephen Gallacher
12:20 p.m.Angel CabreraLouis OosthuizenMatias DominguezPatrick ReedKeegan BradleyIan Poulter
12:31 p.m.Mark O'MearaChris KirkShane LowryMiguel Angel JimenezLee WestwoodAnirban Lahiri
12:42 p.m.Padraig HarringtonRyan PalmerThomas BjornBubba WatsonJustin RoseGunn Yang
12:53 p.m.James HahnMikko IlonenHunter MahanAdam ScottDustin JohnsonAntonio Murdaca
1:04 p.m.Matt KucharBrooks KoepkaGraeme McDowellMorgan HoffmannSteve StrickerMatt Every
1:15 p.m.Jordan SpiethHenrik StensonBilly HorschelBen CrenshawBill HaasJason Dufner
1:26 p.m.Fred CouplesBranden GraceThongchai JaideeWebb SimpsonHideki MatsuyamaPaul Casey
1:37 p.m.Luke DonaldVictor DubuissonJohn SendenCharl SchwartzelJoost LuitenSangmoon Bae
1:48 p.m.Tiger WoodsJamie DonaldsonJimmy WalkerPhil MickelsonRory McIlroyRyan Moore
1:59 p.m.Jason DaySergio GarciaRickie FowlerJ.B. HolmesMartin KaymerBrandt Snedeker
Masters.com

Golfers to Watch

Rory McIlroy

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 21:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 21, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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
YearR1R2R3R4Final ScorePlace
200972737170-220th
20107477------+769th
201165697080-415th
201271697776+540th
201372707969+225th
201471777169E8th
Augusta.com

It's about time McIlroy tamed Augusta National.

Jason Day

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 20:  Jason Day of Australia hits his tee shot on the 12th hole during the second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 20, 2015 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Green
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

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.

Jordan Spieth

HUMBLE, TX - APRIL 04:  Jordan Spieth hits his tee shot on the thirteenth hole during the third round of the Shell Houston Open at the Golf Club of Houston on April 4, 2015 in Humble, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Scott Halleran/Getty Images

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.

Dustin Johnson

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27:  Dustin Johnson tees off on the 12th hole during round two of the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio AT&T Oaks Course on March 27, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images

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.

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