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First Round Pairings at The Masters Announced

2:30 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
Tiger Woods of the United States smiles after hitting on the practice range during a practice round prior to the start of the 2013 Masters Tournament. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (USA TODAY) - World No. 1 and four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods will begin play Thursday in the first round alongside Luke Donald and Scott Piercy.

Woods, who last won a green jacket in 2005, has three victories this year as he reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings. His group goes off the first tee at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

Defending champion Bubba Watson is in the group ahead of Woods' threesome. Watson, who has not won since winning the Masters last year in a playoff with Louis Oosthuizen, plays with Ian Poulter and amateur champion Steven Fox. World No. 2 Rory McIlroy, who finished runner-up in last week's Valero Texas Open, is in the second to last group with Keegan Bradley and Fredrik Jacobson (1:41 p.m.). Jason Dufner, Bill Haas and Matt Kuchar are in the final group (1:52 p.m.).

In an intriguing pairing, 14-year-old Guan Tianlang, who will be the youngest player in Masters history as soon as he hits his first tee shot, is playing with the teen whose record he broke, Matteo Manassero, who was 16 when he made his first Masters start. The two are grouped with two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw (12:24 p.m.). Guan and Crenshaw played a practice round together on Monday.

Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is grouped with Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer (1:30 p.m.). Four-time major winner Ernie Els, Steve Stricker and Nick Watney go off at 12:13 p.m.

Brandt Snedeker is grouped with Ryo Ishikawa and Justin Rose (9:17 a.m.).

Jason Day and Rickie Fowler will be joined by three-time major champion Padraig Harrington (10:56 a.m.). Masters champion Angel Cabrera is grouped with Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott (12:57 p.m.). And Masters champion and fan favorite Fred Couples is grouped with Dustin Johnson and Branden Grace (1:08 p.m.).

Round 1 tee times

All Times Eastern

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Thursday-Friday

8 a.m.-10:56 a.m. - Sandy Lyle, John Peterson, a-Nathan Smith

8:11 a.m.-11:07 a.m. - Larry Mize, Brian Gay, Russell Henley

8:22 a.m.-11:18 a.m. - Ian Woosnam, David Lynn, Kevin Na

8:33 a.m.-11:29 a.m. - David Toms, Richard Sterne, Ted Potter Jr.

8:44 a.m.-11:40 a.m. - Tom Watson, Ryan Moore, Kevin Streelman

8:55 a.m.-11:51 a.m. - Robert Garrigus, Carl Pettersson, Tim Clark

9:06 a.m.-12:13 p.m. - Mike Weir, Lee Westwood, Jim Furyk

9:17 a.m.-12:24 p.m. - Brandt Snedeker, Ryo Ishikawa, Justin Rose

9:28 a.m.-12:35 p.m. - Jose Maria Olazabal, Marc Leishman, a-T.J. Vogel

9:39 a.m.-12:46 p.m. - Charl Schwartzel, Webb Simpson, Peter Hanson

9:50 a.m.-12:57 p.m. - Zach Johnson, K.J. Choi, Graeme McDowell

10:12 a.m.-1:08 p.m. - Michael Thompson, John Huh, John Senden

10:23 a.m.-1:19 p.m. - Stewart Cink, Nicolas Colsaerts, Thaworn Wiratchant

10:34 a.m.-1:30 p.m. - Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter, a-Steven Fox

10:45 a.m.-1:41 p.m. - Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Scott Piercy

10:56 a.m.-1:52 p.m. - Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Padraig Harrington

11:07 a.m.- 8 a.m. - John Merrick, Thorbjorn Olesen, D.A. Points

11:18 a.m.-8:11 a.m. - Craig Stadler, Ben Curtis, a-Michael Weaver

11:29 a.m.-8:22 a.m. - Mark O'Meara, Martin Laird, Jamie Donaldson

11:40 a.m.-8:33 a.m. - Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

11:51 a.m.-8:44 a.m. - Trevor Immelman, George Coetzee, a-Alan Dunbar

12:13 p.m.-8:55 a.m. - Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney

12:24 p.m.-9:06 a.m. - Ben Crenshaw, Matteo Manassero, a-Guan Tianlang

12:35 p.m.-9:17 a.m. - Bernhard Langer, Lucas Glover, Henrik Stenson

12:46 p.m.-9:28 a.m. - Vijay Singh, Bo Van Pelt, Y.E. Yang

12:57 p.m.-9:39 a.m. - Angel Cabrera, Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott

1:08 p.m.-9:50 a.m. - Fred Couples, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace

1:19 p.m.-10:12 a.m. - Hunter Mahan, Hiroyuki Fujita, Francesco Molinari

1:30 p.m.-10:23 a.m. - Phil Mickelson, Louis Oosthuizen, Martin Kaymer

1:41 p.m.-10:34 a.m. - Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley, Freddie Jacobson

1:52 p.m.-10:45 a.m. - Jason Dufner, Matt Kuchar, Bill Haas

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