THE MASTERS 2014

  10 - 13 April

The Masters: Adam Scott paired with Matt Fitzpatrick and Jason Dufner in first two rounds

By Paul Higham Twitter: @SkySportsPaulH.   Last Updated: 08/04/14 10:27pm

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Adam Scott says he is happy to be back at Augusta

Defending Masters champion Adam Scott will play with USPGA champion Jason Dufner and Sheffield amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick in the first two rounds.

The Australian won in a play-off with Angel Cabrerra last year, and as he begins his bid for back-to-back Masters titles he will play with laid-back American Dufner and English youngster Fitzpatrick.

The 19-year-old was low amateur at last year's Open before becoming the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship in 102 years, and his dream spell continues with a brilliant draw for his Masters debut.

The trio will go out at 10.41 ET, 3.41pm UK time, and will be immediately followed by Masters favourite Rory McIlroy, who has two other young guns alongside him in Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Both of the young Americans will be making their debuts at Augusta this week, so McIlroy will unusually be the most experienced player in the group - but big things are expected of both rookies in the future.

Mickelson group

Reigning Open champion Phil Mickelson always attracts huge galleries, but they will be even bigger this year given he is playing alongside the ever-popular Ernie Els and current US Open champion Justin Rose for the opening two rounds.

Another eye-catching pairing sees well-fancied Australian Jason Day, playing for the first time since picking up a thumb injury winning the WGC Match Play in Arizona, going out with big-hitting Dustin Johnson and European No 1 and FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson.

2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson is also part of a big-name threeball, as he plays alongside Englishman Luke Donald and Spain's Sergio Garcia, who has been showing some good signs of form of late.

Lee Westwood has been in the shake-up for the last few years, finishing eighth, third, 11th and second, in the last four years, and he will be in the last group out on Thursday as he plays with American starlets Harris English and Russell Henley.

With 97 players in the field, former Open champion Stewart Cink and South African Tim Clark make up the first group out in the tournament proper at 7:45am, with Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer again acting as honorary starters five minutes earlier, the legendary trio hitting tee shots on the par-four first before retiring to the clubhouse.

First Round Tee times:

1245 Stewart Cink, Tim Clark (Rsa)
1256 Ian Woosnam (Wal), Kevin Stadler, John Huh
1307 Ben Crenshaw, Jonas Blixt (Swe), Y.E. Yang (Kor)
1318 Mark O'Meara, Steven Bowditch (Aus), Jordan Niebrugge
1329 John Senden (Aus), David Lynn (Eng), Boo Weekley
1340 Craig Stadler, Scott Stallings, Martin Kaymer (Ger)
1351 Tom Watson, Billy Horschel, Brendon De Jonge
1402 Ben Weir (Can), Matthew Every, Roberto Castro
1413 Angel Cabrera (Arg), Ian Poulter (Eng), Gary Woodland
1424 Fred Couples, Webb Simpson, Chang-woo Lee (Kor)
1435 Graeme McDowell (Nirl), Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker
1457 Zach Johnson, K J Choi (Kor), Steve Stricker
1508 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Bill Haas, Matteo Manassero (Ita)
1519 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Brandt Snedeker, Jamie Donaldson (Wal)
1530 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Jim Furyk, Thorbjorn Olesen (Den)
1541 Adam Scott (Aus), Jason Dufner, (x) Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)
1552 Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy (Nirl)
1603 Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points
1614 Larry Mize, Michael Mccoy, Branden Grace (Rsa)
1625 Sandy Lyle (Sco), Ken Duke, Matthew Jones (Aus)
1636 Jose-Maria Olazabal (Spa), Lucas Glover, (x) Garrick Porteous (Eng)
1647 Nick Watney, Darren Clarke (Nirl), Stephen Gallacher (Sco)
1709 Vijay Singh (Fij), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Ryan Moore
1720 Matt Kuchar, Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)
1731 Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Graham Delaet (Can), Oliver Goss (Aus)
1742 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), Sang-moon Bae (Kor), Derek Ernst
1753 Bernhard Langer (Ger), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Chris Kirk
1804 Jason Day (Aus), Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson (Swe)
1815 Bubba Watson, Luke Donald (Eng), Sergio Garcia (Spa)
1826 Joost Luiten (Ned), Marc Leishman (Aus), Hunter Mahan
1837 Keegan Bradley, Victor Dubuisson (Fra), Peter Hanson (Swe)
1848 Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els (Rsa), Justin Rose (Eng)
1859 Harris English, Lee Westwood (Eng), Russell Henley

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