Friday 20 April 2018

Rory McIlroy out in final group for opening two days of the US Masters

Rory McIlroy on the practice range at Augusta
Rory McIlroy on the practice range at Augusta

Phil Casey

Rory McIlroy faces a lengthy wait before he can begin his bid to become the sixth player to complete the career grand slam at Augusta National this week.

McIlroy will be the very last man in the 89-strong field to hit his opening tee shot in the Masters after being drawn in the final group at 2:01pm (7.01 Irish time) local time for Thursday's first round.

The four-time major winner, who was fourth last year, will partner Ryder Cup team-mate Martin Kaymer and America's Bill Haas in the first two rounds of the year's first major championship.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, who is looking to join Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Nick Faldo in winning back-to-back titles, gets his campaign under way at 9:48am alongside England's Paul Casey and US Amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau.

World number one Jason Day tees off at 1:06pm with Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els, who is the lowest-ranked winner of any of the last 16 major championships. The South African was 40th in the world when he won the Open at Royal Lytham in 2012.

Shane Lowry will tee up with Angel Cabrera and JB Holmes (6.50 Irish time) while Graeme McDowell will play with Fabian Gomez and Scott Piercy.

Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer will act as honorary starters at 8:05am, although Palmer will not hit a tee shot on the par-four first due to a shoulder problem.

American Jim Herman, who was the last man into the event by virtue of his victory in the Shell Houston Open, is the first man out in the tournament proper at 8:20am alongside Australia's Steven Bowditch.

England's Andy Sullivan will make his tournament debut with Harris English and Kevin Na at 10:32am, while new father Danny Willett tees off at 1:39pm with Sergio Garcia and Ryan Moore.


Local times (Five hours behind Ireland)

8:20 a.m./11:16 a.m.: Jim Herman, Steven Bowditch

8:31 a.m./11:27 a.m.: Trevor Immelman, Robert Streb, Derek Bard

8:42 a.m./11:38 a.m.: Larry Mize, Victor Dubuisson, Kevin Streelman

8:53 a.m./11:49 a.m.: Sandy Lyle, Bernd Wiesberger, Vaughn Taylor

9:04 a.m./Noon: Webb Simpson, Chris Wood, Thongchai Jaidee

9:15 a.m./12:22 p.m.: Tom Watson, Charley Hoffman, Lee Westwood

9:26 a.m./12:33 p.m.: Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Cheng Jin

9:37 a.m./12:44 p.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed

9:48 a.m./12:55 p.m.: Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau

9:59 a.m./1:06 p.m.: Justin Thomas, Emilano Grillo, Dustin Johnson

10:21 a.m./1:17 p.m.: Vijay Singh, Hideki Matsuyama, Chris Kirk

10:32 a.m./1:28 p.m.: Harris Enlish, Andy Sullivan, Kevin Na

10:43 a.m./1:39 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Henrik Stenson

10:54 a.m./1:50 p.m.: Justin Rose, Jamie Donaldson, Daniel Berger

11:05 a.m./2:01 p.m.: Adam Scott, Kevin Kosner, Brooks Koepka

11:16 a.m./8:20 a.m.: Mike Weir, Cameron Smith, Sammy Schmitz

11:27 a.m./8:31 a.m.: Ian Woosnam, Troy Merrit, Byeon-Hun An

11:38 a.m./8:42 a.m.: Darren Clarke, Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick

11:49 a.m./8:53 a.m.: Mark O’Meara, David Lingmerth, Paul Chaplet

Noon/9:04 a.m.: Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

12:22 p.m./9:15 a.m.: Charl Schwartzel, Davis Love III, Rafel Cabrera-Bello

12:33 p.m./9:26 a.m.: Danny Lee, Russell Knox, Smylie Kaufman

12:44 p.m./9:37 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Branden Grace, Ian Poulter

12:55 p.m./9:48 a.m.: Bernhard Langer, Hunter Mahan, Romain Langasque

1:06 p.m./9:59 a.m.: Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els

1:17 p.m./10:21 a.m.: Graeme McDowell, Fabian Gomez, Scott Piercy

1:28 p.m./10:32 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Soren Kjeldson, Anirban Lahiri

1:39 p.m./10:43 a.m.: Danny Willett, Sergio Garcia, Ryan Moore

1:50 p.m./10:54 a.m.: Angel Cabrera, Shane Lowry, J.B. Holmes

2:01 p.m./11:05 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy

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