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Masters pairings: McIlroy to play with Rahm, Lowry part of tasty European trio

World number one Dustin Johnson will tee off alongside Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker.

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RORY McILROY WILL begin his 2017 US Masters campaign as one of the opening round’s late starters and in a group with Hideto Tanihara of Japan and in-form Spaniard Jon Rahm.

McIlroy is hoping to complete a career Grand Slam by claiming victory in Augusta this week and will be in the third-last group to head out for the first round on Thursday.

Shane Lowry will be part of a stellar all-European line-up that also includes Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Lee Westwood.

Reigning champion Danny Willett will initially be playing alongside Matt Kuchar and leading Australian amateur Curtis Luck.

Other notable groups include Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose and Jason Day, and the last to begin round one, two-time winner Bubba Watson, world number one Dustin Johnson and reigning US PGA champion Jimmy Walker.

Pairings (listed in Irish time, which is five hours ahead of local time)

13.00: Daniel Summerhays (USA), Russell Henley (USA)
13.11: Trevor Immelman (RSA), Brendan Steele (USA), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN)
13.22: Mike Weir (CAN), Billy Hurley III (USA), Scott Piercy (USA)
13.33: Larry Mize (USA), Brian Stuard (USA), Stewart Hagestad (USA)
13.44: Soren Kjeldsen (DEN), Kevin Chappell (USA), Jim Furyk (USA)
13.55: Sandy Lyle (SCO), Sean O’Hair (USA), Scott Gregory (ENG, am)
14.06: Zach Johnson (USA), Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Adam Hadwin (CAN)
14.17: Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Gary Woodland (USA), JB Holmes (USA)
14.28: Adam Scott (AUS), Kevin Kisner (USA), Andy Sullivan (ENG)
14.39: Francesco Molinari (ITA), Daniel Berger (USA), Thomas Pieters (BEL)
15.01: Fred Couples (USA), Paul Casey (ENG), Kevin Na (USA)
15.12: Russell Knox (SCO), Rickie Fowler (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)
15.23: Branden Grace (RSA), Brooks Koepka (USA), Jeunghun Wang (KOR)
15.34: Jordan Spieth (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER), Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG)
15.45: Phil Mickelson (USA), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP), Si Woo Kim (KOR)
15.56: Brandt Snedeker (USA), Justin Rose (ENG), Jason Day (AUS)
16.07: Rod Pampling (AUS), William McGirt (USA)
16.18: Mark O’Meara (USA), Hudson Swafford (USA), Roberto Castro (USA)
16.29: Ian Woosnam (WAL), James Hahn (USA), Brad Dalke (USA, am)
16.40: Ross Fisher (ENG), Pat Perez (USA), Byeong-Hun An (KOR)
16.51: Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP), Ryan Moore (USA), Webb Simpson (USA)
17.13: Ernie Els (RSA), Jason Dufner (USA), Bernd Wiesberger (AUT)
17.25: Danny Willett (ENG), Matt Kuchar (USA), Curtis Luck (AUS, am)
17.35: Vijay Singh (FIJ), Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Toto Gana (CHL, am)
17.46: Angel Cabrera (ARG), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Tyrrell Hatton (ENG)
17.57: Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Steve Stricker (USA), Mackenzie Hughes (CAN)
18.08: Charley Hoffman (USA), Chris Wood (ENG), Yuta Ikeda (JPN)
18.19: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Lee Westwood (ENG), Shane Lowry (IRE)
18.30: Bernhard Langer (GER), Alex Noren (SWE), Patrick Reed (USA)
18.41: Rory McIlroy (NIR), Hideto Tanihara (JPN), Jon Rahm (ESP)
18.52: Marc Leishman (AUS), Bill Haas (USA), Justin Thomas (USA)
19.03: Bubba Watson (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Jimmy Walker (USA)

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