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The Tour Report

May 31 2011

1:45 PM

Notable groups for the first two rounds

Tee times have been released for the first two rounds of the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance. Here’s a look at a few of the notable groups.

Check out all the tee times and let us know which groups you’re most interested in following this week. Just fill out the form below.


Players Tee times (hole) Comment
Keegan Bradley
Bubba Watson
Justin Rose
Rd. 1: 7:53 a.m. (No. 10)
Rd. 2: 12:43 p.m. (No. 1)
Bradley, a TOUR rookie who won last week at TPC Four Seasons, joins the current FedExCup leader and the reigning Memorial champion in this grouping.
Charl Schwartzel
Phil Mickelson
Luke Donald
Rd. 1: 8:04 a.m. (No. 10)
Rd. 2: 12:54 p.m. (No. 1)
This group boasts five worldwide victories in 2011, including a major and a World Golf Championships event. Mickelson or Donald could take the FedExCup points lead with another win.
K.J. Choi
Aaron Baddeley
Ernie Els
Rd. 1: 12:43 p.m. (No. 1)
Rd. 2: 7:53 a.m. (No. 10)
This trio could be the heart of the international Presidents Cup team. Choi, THE PLAYERS champion is currently 2nd, Els 4th and Baddeley 15th in the team standings.
Nick Watney
Dustin Johnson
Fred Couples
Rd. 1: 12:54 p.m. (No. 1)
Rd. 2: 8:04 a.m. (No. 10)
Speaking of November's Presidents Cup, Watney (5th) and Johnson (6th) are currently projected to make the cut for Captain Couples' U.S. squad.
Martin Laird
Hunter Mahan
Matt Kuchar
Rd. 1: 8:04 a.m. (No. 1)
Rd. 2: 12:54 a.m. (No. 10)
Laird (8th), Kuchar (14th) and Mahan (16th) are all contending in the FedExCup race. Mahan posted a victory in Ohio last year, a couple hours northeast in Akron.

A few other groups that caught our attention…

Jeff Overton, Roland Thatcher, Tommy Gainey – Imagine the cheers this week from spectators following this group featuring "Boom, Baby" Overton and "Two Gloves" Gainey .

Mark Wilson, Jonathan Byrd, Jim Furyk – Mark Wilson has two victories in 2011. Byrd has one. But Furyk, the reigning FedExCup champion, is the one holding the TOUR's ultimate prize.

Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland – McIlroy missed the cut in his only post-Masters TOUR start, but returns to a place he finished inside the top 10 last year.