April 08, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Jason Dufner (left) and defending Masters champ Adam Scott will be in the same group this week (Chris Condon/PGA TOUR)
AUGUSTA, Ga -- The tee times have been released for the first two rounds of the Masters. Click here for the complete list of times.
Here's a look at some of the featured groups:
Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Justin Rose - That would be 10 majors among them (five for Phil, four for Els, one for Rose). Mickelson's the only one of the trio with success at Augusta National, having won three Green Jackets. But Rose has three top-11 finishes in his last six starts here. Els' best finish in his last eight Masters start was last year's tie for 13th.
Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed -- Hard to believe that McIlroy, at age 24, is the old man of this group. Spieth and Reed are making their Masters debuts.
Adam Scott, Jason Dufner, Matthew Fitzpatrick -- The traditional pairing of the reigning Masters champ (Scott) with the reigning U.S. Amateur champ (Fitzpatrick). Dufner, whose last win on the PGA TOUR was last year's PGA Championship, makes it more intriguing.
Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson, Luke Donald -- Garcia is ranked sixth in the world, Watson is 12th ... and Donald, the former No. 1 player in the world, is now at No. 27.
Jimmy Walker, Rickie Fowler, Graeme McDowell -- Walker, the FedExCup points leader, played a practice round Tuesday with Ben Crenshaw and Tom Watson. He probably picked up a few pointers.
Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson -- Any of these guys could run hot at any given moment and end up with the Green Jacket. Day has an excellent track record here but is returning from a sore thumb.
Zach Johnson, Steve Stricker, K.J. Choi -- If familiarity with Augusta National means anything, don't discount this trio. Johnson, the 2007 Masters champ, is making his 10th start; Choi is making his 12th; and Stricker is making his 14th.
Now it's your turn. Which threesome are you most interested in following?