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Published: 16:15 | 5/4/16

Late start for McIlroy


Rory McIlroy has been paired with Martin Kaymer and Bill Haas for the first two rounds of the Augusta National.

McIlroy is bidding to complete the grand slam but he will have to wait until 7.10pm (BST) on Thursday before taking to the famous course.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth will play alongside Paul Casey and US amateur champion Bryson DeChambeau with the trio due to tee off at 2.48pm.

World number one Jason Day will tee of an hour earlier than McIlroy with the Australian set to play with Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els for the opening two rounds, while Zachary Johnson, Rickie Fowler and Cheng-de Jin are among the early starters at 2.26pm.

Adam Scott has been paired with Kevin Kisner and Brooks Koepka, with the trio teeing off in the group after Justin Rose, Jamie Donaldson and Daniel Berger.

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke will play with Billy Horschel and Matt Fitzpatrick, while Graeme McDowell is grouped with Fabian Gomez and Scott Piercy. Shane Lowry joins Angel Cabrera and JB Holmes.

Masters first-round tee times (all times BST)

1.20 Jim Herman, Steven Bowditch (Aus)

1.31 Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Robert Streb, Derek Beard

1.42 Larry Mize, Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Kevin Streelman

1.53 Sandy Lyle (Sco), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Vaughn Taylor

2.04 Webb Simpson, Chris Wood (Eng), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

2.15 Tom Watson, Charley Hoffman, Lee Westwood (Eng)

2.26 Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Cheng-de Jin (Chn)

2.37 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Jason Dufner, Patrick Reed

2.48 Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey (Eng), Bryson De Chambeau (a)

2.59 Justin Thomas, Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Dustin Johnson

3.21 Vijay Singh (Fij), Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Chris Kirk

3.32 Harris English, Andrew Sullivan (Eng), Kevin Na

3.43 Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman (Aus), Henrik Stenson (Swe)

3.54 Justin Rose (Eng), Jamie Donaldson (Wal), Daniel Berger

4.05 Adam Scott (Aus), Kevin Kisner, Brooks Koepka

4.16 Mike Weir (Can), Sammy Schmitz, Cameron Smith (Aus)

4.27 Troy Merritt, Ian Woosnam (Wal), Byeong-Hun An (Kor)

4.38 Darren Clarke (Nirl), Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)

4.49 David Lingmerth (Swe), Mark O'Meara, Paul Chaplet (Crc)

5.00 Keegan Bradley, Brandt Snedeker, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

5.22 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Davis Love III, Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)

5.33 Danny Lee (Nzl), Russell Knox (Sco), Smylie Kaufman

5.44 Branden Grace (Rsa), Bubba Watson, Ian Poulter (Eng)

5.55 Bernhard Langer (Ger), Hunter Mahan, Romain Langasque (a) (Fra)

6.06 Jason Day (Aus), Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els (Rsa)

6.17 Graeme McDowell (Nirl), Fabian Gomez (Arg), Scott Piercy

6.28 Jimmy Walker, Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Anirban Lahiri (Ind)

6.39 Daniel Willett (Eng), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Ryan Moore

6.50 Angel Cabrera (Arg), Shane Lowry (Irl), J.B. Holmes

7.01 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy (Nirl)

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