2011 Masters: Tiger Woods in a group with Graeme McDowell

On the first two days of the Masters, Tiger Woods will be playing in a group that includes Graeme McDowell, the U.S. Open champion who beat him in a playoff after Woods gacked a four-stroke lead in his own tournament, the Chevron World Challenge, last December.

Probably just the guy he wants to see.

Joined by Robert Allenby, they’ll tee off at 10:41 a.m. Thursday and 1:48 p.m. Friday.

Phil Mickelson, the defending champion, will be grouped with U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein — that’s a Masters tradition — and Geoff Ogilvy (a former U.S. Open champion). They’ll begin play at 1:48 Thursday and 10:30 Friday.

In other pairings announced Tuesday, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood, the No. 1 and 2 players in the world, will join Matt Kuchar.

Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus again will be honorary starters. First- and second-round coverage will be on ESPN at 3 p.m. EDT both days.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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