AUGUSTA, Ga. — Call it the “Young Guns” grouping.
Tee times were released Tuesday afternoon for the first two rounds of the Masters tournament Thursday and Friday, with former University High golfer Patrick Reed paired with former U.S. Open and PGA champion Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth.
They will tee off at 9:52 a.m. CDT Thursday and 12:59 p.m. Friday.
In August, Reed beat Spieth in a sudden-death playoff in Greensboro for the first of his three PGA Tour victories.
Other marquee groupings include:
8:35 a.m. Thursday, 11:53 a.m. Friday: Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler and Jimmie Walker.
9:41 a.m./12:48 p.m.: Adam Scott, Jason Dufner and Matthew Fitzpatrick (amateur).
12:04 p.m./8:35 a.m.: Jason Day, Dustin Johnson and Henrik Stenson.
12:15 p.m./8:57 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia.
12:48 p.m./9:30 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Justin Rose.
Pay up, Phil
A bet is a bet, even if you’re a three-time Masters champion like Mickelson.
During Tuesday’s practice round, Mickelson hit over the green on the par-3 sixth hole in a tough spot, drawing a challenge from the gallery.
“He was mouthing off about ‘hard shot, get this up and down, no chance,’ blah, blah, blah,” he said. “And it wasn’t that hard a shot, and I should have gotten it up and down and I did hit a good shot.
“I had a 7-footer straight uphill and I missed it, and I had to pay him. That’s what happens when you lose.”
It’s the exclusive club within the club at Augusta National: the champions dinner.
The only people invited are past Masters champions and club chairman Billy Payne.
The reigning champion sets the menu. Scott, an Australian, decided on a down under barbecue-theme for the dinner, but was avoiding anything too exotic.
“I didn’t think any of the other guys would appreciate kangaroo and crocodile, or anything like that,” Scott said.
The menu did feature something called Moreton Bay bugs, which aren’t as bad as they sound. They’re a type of small lobsters native to the waters off Australia.
We’ve got mail
Scott didn’t say, but maybe he was going to bring three-time Masters winner Gary Player’s mail with him to the Champions Dinner.
“I share a locker with Gary Player (in the Champions locker room), which is nice for me,” Scott said. “He gets a lot of mail, so there’s not a lot of room for myself in there.
“My stuff’s kind of scattered around a bit on the floor.”
Hopefully Scott’s green jacket isn’t lying there.