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Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir (BRIAN SNYDER)
Phil Mickelson and Mike Weir (BRIAN SNYDER)

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Four-times champion Tiger Woods has been grouped with Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez and South Korea’s Bae Sang-moon for the first two rounds of this week’s Masters.

Woods, who has been installed as a 4-1 favourite by British bookmakers, is scheduled to tee off at 10:35 a.m. ET in Thursday’s opening round at Augusta National.

Phil Mickelson, a three-times Masters winner, will launch his bid for a fifth major title in the company of compatriot Hunter Mahan and Swede Peter Hanson in the final group of the day starting at 1:53 p.m. ET.

British world number one Luke Donald, Italy’s Francesco Molinari and American Nick Watney will tee off one group after Woods, Jimenez and Bae.

U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, who squandered a four-shot overnight lead with an eight-over-par 80 in the final round of last year’s Masters, has been paired with 2009 winner Angel Cabrera and long-hitting American Bubba Watson.

Mike Weir, the 2003 champion, is paired with Brandt Snedeker and Masters rookie Webb Simpson. They are scheduled to tee off at 12:47 pm ET.

In other groupings, British world number three Lee Westwood will set off with 2000 champion Vijay Singh of Fiji and American Jim Furyk while defending champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa has been paired with PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley and U.S. amateur champion Kelly Kraft.

The tournament opens at 7:40 a.m. ET when Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus tee off as ceremonial starters. They will be joined for the first time by Gary Player.

THURSDAY-FRIDAY PAIRINGS FOR THE 76th MASTERS (all times ET)

7:40 a.m. - Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player - honorary starters

7:50 a.m. - Craig Stadler (USA), Brendan Steele (USA), Tim Clark (RSA)

8:01 - Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP), Robert Garrigus (USA), Randal Lewis (USA)

8:12 - Larry Mize (USA), Paul Lawrie (SCO), Anders Hansen (DEN)

8:23 - Ross Fisher (ENG), Ryan Palmer (USA), Harrison Frazar (USA)

8:34 - Ben Crenshaw (USA), Robert Karlsson (SWE), Bryden Macpherson (AUS)

8:45 - Adam Scott (AUS), Bo Van Pelt (USA), Martin Kaymer (GER)

8:56 - Steve Stricker (USA), Padraig Harrington (IRE), Stewart Cink (USA)

9:07 - Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Kim Kyung-Tae (KOR), Lucas Glover (USA)

9:18 - Kyle Stanley (USA), Jason Day (AUS), Bill Haas (USA)

9:29 - Trevor Immelman (RSA), Rickie Fowler (USA), Justin Rose (ENG)

9:40 - Tom Watson (USA), Johnson Wagner (USA), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN)

10:02 - Matt Kuchar (USA), Geoff Ogilvy (AUS), Yang Yong-Eun (KOR)

10:13 - Gary Woodland (USA), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Alvaro Quiros (ESP)

10:24 - Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Keegan Bradley (USA), Kelly Kraft (USA)

10:35 - Tiger Woods (USA), Miguel Angel Jimenez (ESP), Bae Sang-Moon (KOR)

10:46 - Luke Donald (ENG), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Nick Watney (USA)

10:57 - Scott Verplank (USA), Sean O'Hair (USA), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP)

11:08 - Mark O'Meara (USA), Chez Reavie (USA), Martin Laird (SCO)

11:19 - Sandy Lyle (SCO), Simon Dyson (ENG), Corbin Mills (USA)

11:30 - Ian Woosnam (WAL), Edoardo Molinari (ITA), Kevin Chappell (USA)

11:41 - Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Mark Wilson (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR)

11:52 - Zach Johnson (USA), Ian Poulter (ENG), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

12:14 - Kevin Na (USA), Fredrik Jacobson (SWE), Ben Crane (USA)

12:25 - John Senden (AUS), Jonathan Byrd (USA), Paul Casey (ENG)

12:36 - Bernhard Langer (GER), Jason Dufner (USA), Charles Howell (USA)

12:47 - Mike Weir (CAN), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Webb Simpson (USA)

12:58 - Vijay Singh (FIJ), Lee Westwood (ENG), Jim Furyk (USA)

1:09 - Thomas Bjorn (DEN), Scott Stallings (USA), Rory Sabbatini (RSA)

1:20 - Fred Couples (USA), Darren Clarke (NIR), Ryo Ishikawa (JPN)

1:31 - David Toms (USA), K.J. Choi (KOR), Sergio Garcia (ESP)

1:42 - Angel Cabrera (ARG), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Bubba Watson (USA)

1:53 - Phil Mickelson (USA), Hunter Mahan (USA), Peter Hanson (SWE)

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