AUGUSTA — Spectators and TV viewers will get a chance to see both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson as the game’s big draws drew opposite tee times in the opening two rounds of the Masters on Thursday and Friday. ESPN will televise the first two rounds of the tournament from 3-7:30 p.m. before CBS picks up weekend coverage.
Woods will tee off at 10:35 a.m. Thursday with Miguel Angel Jimenez and Sang-Moon Bae. His Friday time of 1:42 p.m. will allow television viewers to catch much of the round.
Mickelson has the last tee time of the day Thursday, a 1:53 p.m. start with Hunter Mahan and Peter Hanson. The group will start at 10:46 a.m. Friday.
Rory McIlroy and Angel Cabrera, who were paired in the final round last year, will start the tournament in the same group. They will be joined by former Georgia Bulldogs golfer Bubba Watson. They will play in the pairing just ahead of Mickelson. McIlroy shot a final-round 80 last year to finish tied for 15th. Cabrera shot a final-round 71 to finish seventh.
Other pairings of note include: Steve Stricker, Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink; defending champion Charl Schwartzel, PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley and amateur Kelly Kraft; Vijay Singh, Lee Westwood and Jim Furyk.
The tournament will kick off Thursday with Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and, for the first time, Gary Player hitting ceremonial opening tee shots. It marks the first time the Masters will have three honorary starters since Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead in 1999.