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The Tour Report

March 19 2013

12:00 PM

Featured Groups: Arnold Palmer Inv.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tee times are out for the first two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard, where defending champion Tiger Woods is seeking his eighth career Bay Hill victory. Woods is paired with Ernie Els and Justin Rose on Thursday and Friday.

Here's a look at that group, and a few other notable ones at Bay Hill:

Tiger Woods-Ernie Els-Justin Rose: As mentioned, Woods has won here seven times, including last year, which sparked the stretch he's currently on with five victories in his last 18 stroke-play starts on the PGA TOUR. Els has won here, too, winning in 2010 and 1998. Rose has finished in the top 8 in his two stroke-play starts on TOUR this season. They'll tee off at 8:05 a.m. ET on Thursday and 12:45 p.m. on Friday.

Phil Mickelson-Sergio Garcia-Brandt Snedeker: Snedeker is making his first start in more than a month after straining a rib muscle during his victory at Pebble Beach. Garcia is coming off a tie for seventh in Tampa and a tie for third at Doral, while Mickelson, who won here in 1997, is also coming off a tie for third at Doral. They'll tee off at 12:45 p.m. ET on Thursday and 8:05 a.m. on Friday.

Bubba Watson-Bill Haas-Webb Simpson: Watson was in contention at Doral until shooting 71-75 on the weekend. Still, he's finished in the top 20 in four of his five starts this year. Haas and Simpson both have a mixed record at Bay Hill, though they do have a couple of top-20 finishes between them. They'll tee off at 12:56 p.m. ET on Thursday and 8:16 a.m. on Friday.

Graham McDowell-Ian Poulter-Keegan Bradley: This is a big week for McDowell, who just opened a new restaurant across town. Poulter finished third here last year and 11th the year before. Bradley, who missed the cut in 2011, is playing here for just the second time. They'll tee off at 8:16 a.m. ET on Thursday and 12:56 p.m. on Friday.