The Masters: Saturday Tee Times


For some the golf season doesn’t start till The Masters, and even then it really doesn’t begin until Saturday.  Because of the strict qualification process it always produces one of the stronger fields of the season.  Right now the goal for everyone is to figure out a way to chase down Jordan Spieth who is on the verge of running away with the Green Jacket.

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Steve Stricker is going to have a real quiet Saturday. The 48 year old made the cut in his first tournament of the year but he gets the honor of playing by himself.  Two groups behind him will be Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar.  Both had high hopes heading into this week and then Stenson got sick, and Kucahr’s hype was probably over-blown anyway.  The 6th group teeing off today will be Darren Clarke and Ian Poulter. Clarke’s best days are past him, and Poulter can’t win stroke play events.  They’ll probably just spend 18 holes laughing at the American Ryder Cuppers, as they should.

Behind them will be Rickie Fowler and Vijay Singh.  You remember when Singh won a Green Jacket?  It was probably as far back as yours truly saying Fowler was going to have a big year.  I again apologize for wasting your time with that prediction.

Following these guys will be Jimmy Walker and Jamie Donaldson who already played together Thursday & Friday.  They’ll be wondering why the galleries following them are a little smaller.  It probably has something to do with the fact that Tiger Woods is no longer with them.

At 12:15 Zach Johnson and Webb Simpson will tee it off together, and believe it or not they’ve both won majors.  Zach’s Masters win and Webb’s U.S. Open victory may be two of the most forgotten major wins of the past fifteen years.  Three groups later we really crank things up with defending champion Bubba Watson and world number one Rory McIlroy.  It sounds exciting on paper, but they’re teeing off about two hours too early.

Then we get to the juiciest pairing of the day, Woods and Sergio Garcia, talk about the best of friends.  Could you find two guys who don’t get a long more than these two?   Yes I know everyone wants to see if Spieth can close this out but part of me wants to see these two throw down in the middle of the 13th fairway.  Do you remember when the two teed it up together at the 06 Open Championship and Sergio dressed like a banana?  Can you imagine if he wore that again Saturday at Augusta?

One of the most unique parings is Mark O’Mera and Louis Oosthuisen, and Louis will have to try an not call Mark “grandpa” and Mark will do what the rest of us do and try to actually say Louis’ last name.  Following them is Ryan Moore and Angel Cabrera, and Ryan will be asking Angel the thing we all want to know, where are you the rest of the year other than Masters and U.S. Open week?

Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson will continue their pursuit of Spieth in the third to last group.  The last time Casey seriously contended at Augusta, Mickelson was leaping 10 feet high on the 18th green after his first Masters victory.  Casey is healthy again and Phil is no longer leaping into the air.  Then we get Justin Rose and Dustin Johnson leading up to Spieth and Charley Hoffman.  It’s still confusing to me why Hoffman ditched the long hair, at least he’s still using the green glove.  Some people see Spieth and woner if he’s there for the drive, chip, and putt championship and then they see he’s lapping the field.

Here’s your full list of Saturday tee times, credit

 10:05 AM Steve Stricker

 10:15 AM Lee Westwood & Aniban Lahiri

 10:25 AM Matt Kuchar & Henrik Stenson

 10:35 AM Sangmoon Bae & Cameron Tringale

 10:45 AM Morgan Hoffman & Jason Duffner

 10:55 AM Darren Clarke & Ian Poulter

 11:05 AM Rickie Fowler & Vijay Singh

 11:15 AM Jamie Donaldson & Jimmy Walker

 11:25 AM Thongchai Jaidee & Jon Senden

 11:35 AM Brooks Koepka & Graeme McDowell

 11:55 AM Chris Kirk & Hunter Mahan

 12:05 PM Erik Compton & Bernd Wiesberger

 12:15 PM Zach Johnson & Webb Simpson

 12:25 PM Seung-yul Noh & Geoff Ogilvy


12:35 PM Ryan Palmer & Keegan Bradley

 12:45 PM Bubba Watson & Rory McIlroy

 12:55 PM Jonas Blixt & Patrick Reed

 1:05 PM Danny Willet & Russell Henley

1:15 PM Tiger Woods & Sergio Garcia

 1:35 PM Hideki Matsuyama & Charl Schwartzel

 1:45 PM Jason Day & Adam Scott

 1:55 PM Loius Oosthuizen & Mark O’Mera

 2:05 PM Ryan Moore & Angel Cabrera

 2:15 PM Kevin Streelman & Bill Haas

 2:25 PM Ernie Els & Kevin Na

 2:35 Phil Mickelson & Paul Casey

 2:45 PM Justin Rose & Dustin Johnson

 2:55 PM Jordan Spieth and Charley Hoffman

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