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McIlroy paired with Scott and Rahm for early rounds in Augusta

Tiger Woods will follow hot on the heels of defending champion Sergio Garcia.

Image: Jamie Squire

RORY MCILROY WILL be among the later tee-times in an box office group for the first two rounds of this week’s US Masters.

McIlroy will play alongside 2013 green jacket-winner Adam Scott and world number three Jon Rahm. The 28-year-old will tee off his bid to complete a career grand slam at 18.38 Irish time on Thursday (15.42 for round two on Friday).

There will be huge attention around the 10.42 (local, 15.42 Irish) tee-off as that is the slot left for Tiger Woods as he plays the Augusta tournament for the first time since 2015 with momentum in his latest comeback growing by the week.

The four-time Masters champion will play alongside Australia’s Marc Leishman and England’s Tommy Fleetwood for the opening rounds.

The Masters - Preview Day 2 Source: Patrick Smith

On both pre-cut days, Woods will have to follow close behind reigning champion Sergio Garcia, playing with world number two Justin Thomas and amateur Doc Redman.

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World number one Dustin Johnson will tee off in Thursday’s final grouping at 19.00 Irish time with Justin Rose and Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Selected (local) Thursday tee-times

8:15am: Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus (honorary starters)

9:14: Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT), Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG)

9:58: Danny Willett (ENG), Kyle Stanley (USA), Jason Dufner (USA)

10:09: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Patton Kizzire (USA), Paul Casey (ENG)

10:31: Zach Johnson (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Branden Grace (RSA)

10:42: Tiger Woods (USA), Marc Leishman (AUS), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG)

10:53: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Justin Thomas (USA), a-Doc Redman (USA)

11:04: Bubba Watson (USA), Henrik Stenson (DEN), Jason Day (AUS)

11:48: Trevor Immelman (RSA), Ian Poulter (ENG), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

11:59: Angel Cabrera (ARG), Ross Fisher (ENG), Jimmy Walker (USA)

1:27pm: Phil Mickelson (USA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Matt Kuchar (USA)

1:38: Adam Scott (AUS), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Jon Rahm (ESP),

1:49: Jordan Spieth (USA), Alex Noren (SWE), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA)

2:00: Justin Rose (ENG), Dustin Johnson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP)

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