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What I’m Hearing: USA TODAY Sports’ Steve DiMeglio spoke with players prepping for the Masters on why the first hole at Augusta is so daunting.
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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods will commence his quest for a fifth green jacket alongside Jon Rahm and Haotong Li when the 83rd edition of the Masters begins Thursday at Augusta National Golf Club.

Last week, Woods took his first trip to Augusta National and shot 65 in his lone practice round. Since arriving this week, he’s played a nine-hole practice round with just a wedge and putter on Sunday, and a nine-hole practice round with Justin Thomas and Fred Couples on Monday.

Woods, Rahm, Li

The group is off at 11:04 a.m. ET Thursday and at 1:49 p.m. ET on Friday.

Fowler, McIlroy, Smith

Rory McIlroy begins his quest to complete the career Grand Slam in the group behind Woods. McIlroy will be joined by Rickie Fowler, who finished runner-up in 2018, and Cameron Smith (11:15 a.m.).

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Reed, Simpson, Hovland

Defending champion Patrick Reed is out with Webb Simpson and 2018 U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland (10:31 a.m.). Hovland is the first Norwegian to play in the Masters.

Mickelson, Rose, Thomas

World No. 1 and 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose is out with three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson and 2017 PGA champion Justin Thomas (1:49 p.m.).

Day, DeChambeau, Johnson

World No. 2 and 2016 U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson is playing with 2015 PGA champion Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau (1:38 p.m.).

Casey, Koepka, Spieth

In the final group, Brooks Koepka, who has won two of the last three major championships contested, is playing with Paul Casey and Jordan Spieth, the 2015 Masters champion who also finished runner-up in 2014 and 2016 and third in 2018 (2 p.m.).

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