Masters releases groupings, tee times for first two rounds

Time to start planning when to take your lunch break/sick time later this week; the Masters has released the groupings and tee times for the first two rounds.

The tournament begins, as is custom, with ceremonial tee shots from Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, these coming at 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning. And then the festivities truly begin, with both current stars and past champions (Sandy Lyle, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman) taking their turns around Augusta National.

Here are the notables, with tee times listed for Thursday and Friday, Eastern Time:

Tiger Woods (10:42 a.m., 1:27 p.m.)
Sergio Garcia, Justin Thomas (10:53 a.m., 1:38 p.m.)
Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler (1:27 p.m., 10:31 a.m.)
Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Jason Day (11:04 a.m., 1:49 p.m.)
Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm (1:38 p.m., 10:42 a.m.)
Jordan Spieth (1:49 p.m., 10:53 a.m.)
Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson (2:00 p.m., 11:04 a.m.)

For the full lineup, check out the Masters’ website. It’s almost here, friends. It’s alllllmost here.

Why are these men smiling? Because they’re playing Augusta National on Thursday and Friday. (AP)

Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.