AUGUSTA, Ga. — The first-and second-round tee times are out for the 2021 Masters. As usual, Augusta National spread the wealth around proportionately with these threesomes. There will be intrigue off the first tee on the first of four long, wonderful spring days at the first major championship of 2021.The Masters’ return to April has been long anticipated since the rescheduled event went on without a hitch last November. The 88-man field that will take on the course beginning Thursday is star-studded with nearly all of the best golfers in the world competing. That is obvious when looking at the groups as prepared by Augusta National for Round 1 action. Check out our full 2021 Masters coverage guide for information on how to watch live.The first big-time group that will get going is Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland. Others that follow include really interesting mixing and matching of past champions, amateurs and current starts. Here are some of the ones that stand out from the pack.Augusta National doesn’t really do the mega-groups thing for the first two days, which is nice when you want to spread your attention on the entirety of the tournament. You get a nice amalgamation of so many different types of players at different stages of their careers and a manageable number of golfers (88) instead of trying to squeeze in 156 before the sun sets.My favorite group is probably the one involving Spieth, who is my pick this week to win. He and Morikawa have been the two best iron players on the planet since Feb. 1. Throw in Cameron Smith, who has finished in the top five in two of the last three Masters, and it’s a really exciting trio.
Let’s take a look at all 30 groups that will start play on Thursday at the 85th Masters. All times EasternWatch all four rounds of the 2021 Masters starting Thursday with Masters Live as we follow the best golfers in the world throughout Augusta National with Featured Groups, check in at the famed Amen Corner and see leaders round the turn on holes 15 & 16. Watch live on CBSSports.com, the CBS Sports App and Paramount+*2021 Masters tee times, Thursday pairings8 a.m. — Michael Thompson, Hudson Swafford8:12 a.m. — Sandy Lyle, Matt Jones, Dylan Frittelli8:24 a.m. — Ian Woosnam, Jim Herman, Stewart Cink8:26 a.m. — Sebastian Munoz, Henrik Stenson, Robert Streb8:48 a.m. — Bernhard Langer, Will Zalatoris, Joe Long9 a.m. — Brian Harman, Ian Poulter, Brendon Todd9:12 a.m. — Charl Schwartzel, Si Woo Kim, Corey Conners9:24 a.m. — Danny Willett, Joaquin Niemann, Kevin Kisner9:36 a.m — Jason Day, Matthew Wolff, Cameron Champ9:48 a.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Harris English, Abraham Ancer10:06 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka, Viktor Hovland10:18 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Webb Simpson, Christiaan Bezuidenhout10:30 a.m. — Dustin Johnson, Lee Westwood, Tyler Strafaci10:42 a.m. — Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm, Rory McIlroy10:54 a.m. — Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger, Paul Casey11:06 a.m. — Vijay Singh, Martin Laird11:18 a.m. — Larry Mize, Jimmy Walker, Brian Gay11:30 a.m. — Carlos Ortiz, Mackenzie Hughes, Bernd Wiesberger11:42 a.m. — Mike Weir, C.T. Pan, Robert MacIntyre11:54 a.m. — Jose Maria Olazabal, Matt Wallace, Lanto Griffin12:12 p.m. — Victor Perez, Jason Kokrak, Marc Leishman12:24 p.m. — Fred Couples, Francesco Molinari, Charles Osborne12:36 p.m. — Zach Johnson, Kevin Na, Gary Woodland12:48 p.m. — Shane Lowry, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar1 p.m. — Billy Horschel, Tyrrell Hatton, Ryan Palmer1:12 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler1:24 p.m. — Patrick Cantlay, Sungjae Im, Matthew Fitzpatrick1:36 p.m. — Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau, Max Homa1:48 p.m. — Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Thomas2 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith, Collin Morikawa
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