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The pairings for the opening rounds of the 2016 Masters have been announced

McIlroy, McDowell, Clarke and Lowry all begin their tournament on Thursday afternoon.

McIlroy during his practice round on Tuesday.
McIlroy during his practice round on Tuesday.
Image: Charlie Riedel

RORY McILROY WILL begin his quest to add the Masters to his major haul alongside Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer and Bill Haas at Augusta National on Thursday evening.

The four-time Major winner has been placed in the day’s final pairing and will tee-off at 7.01pm Irish time.

McIlroy is aiming to become just the sixth player to win golf’s Grand Slam.

Meanwhile, Darren Clarke will be the first Irishman off when he begins his tournament alongside Billy Horschel and England’s Matt Fitzpatrick at 4.38pm Irish time.

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry also have afternoon tee-times with the latter beginning the first Major of the year with former winner Angel Cabrera and big-hitting American JB Holmes.

World number one Jason Day has been paired with Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els.

The Australian, whose tied-second finish in 2011 marks his best showing at the Masters, is the favourite to win the event having posted back-to-back victories at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and WCG-Dell Match Play last month.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth is hoping to become the first player to retain the green jacket since Tiger Woods in 2002.

Masters Golf Bernd Wiesberger, Andy Sullivan and McIlroy earlier today. Source: Jae C. Hong

Paul Casey and amateur Bryson Dechambeau have been paired with the former world number one in Group 9.

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Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, who has won the Masters three times, tees-off with Aussie Marc Leishman and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson.

Past Masters winner Adam Scott will be joined by Americans Kevin Kisner and Brooks Koepka while two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson plays alongside England’s Ian Poulter and South African Branden Grace.

Thursday’s tee-times (Irish time):

  • 1.20pm: Jim Herman and Steven Bowditch
  • 1.31pm: Trevor Immelman, Robert Streb and Derek Bard (A)
  • 1.53pm: Sandy Lyle, Bernd Wiesberger and Vaughn Taylor
  • 2.04pm: Webb Simpson, Chris Wood and Thongchai Jaidee
  • 2.15pm: Tom Watson, Charley Hoffman and Lee Westwood
  • 2.26pm: Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Cheng Jin (A)
  • 2.37pm: Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner and Patrick Reed
  • 2.48pm: Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey and Bryson Dechambeau (A)
  • 3.59pm: Justin Thomas, Emiliano Grillo and Dustin Johnson
  • 3.21pm: Vijay Singh, Hideki Matsuyama and Chris Kirk
  • 3.32pm: Harris English, Andy Sullivan and Kevin Na
  • 3.43pm: Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman and Henrik Stenson
  • 3.54pm: Juston Rose, Jamie Donaldson and Daniel Berger
  • 4.05pm: Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner and Brooks Koepka
  • 4.16pm: Mike Weir, Cameron Smith and Sammy Schmitz (A)
  • 4.27pm: Ian Woosnam, Troy Merritt, Byeong-hun An
  • 4.38pm: Darren Clarke, Billy Horschel and Matthew Fitzpatrick
  • 4.49pm: Mark O’Meara, David Lingmerth and Paul Chaplet (A)
  • 5.00pm: Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker and Kiradech Aphibarnrat
  • 5.22pm: Charl Schwartzel, Davis Love III and Rafael Cabrera-Bello
  • 5.33pm: Danny Lee, Russell Know and Smylie Kaufman
  • 5.44pm: Bubba Watson, Branden Grace and Ian Poulter
  • 5.55pm: Bernhard Langer, Hunter Mahan and Romain Langasque (A)
  • 6.06pm: Jason Day, Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els
  • 6.17pm: Graeme McDowell, Fabian Gomez and Scott Piercy
  • 6.28pm: Jimmy Walker, Soren Kjeldsen and Anirban Lahiri
  • 6.39pm: Danny Willett, Sergio Garcia and Ryan Moore
  • 6.50pm: Angel Cabrera, Shane Lowry and JB Holmes
  • 7.01pm: Martin Kaymer, Bill Haas and Rory McIlroy 

Tee-times for Thursday and Friday available here.

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