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Woods to tee off with Luke, Scott

Augusta: Hot favourite and four-time champion Tiger Woods has been grouped with Britain’s Luke Donald and American Scott Piercy for the first two rounds of this week’s Masters.

Woods is having a brilliant year, having won three events in just five starts on the PGA Tour.

Though world No. 1 Woods has not triumphed at the Masters since 2005 and is hunting his first major crown in five years, he has been installed as a 4-1 favourite by British bookmakers Ladbrokes for the April 11-14 tournament.

Fellow American Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters winner, will launch his bid for a fifth Major title in the company of South African Louis Oosthuizen and Germany’s former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer.

Northern Irish world No. 2 Rory McIlroy, American Keegan Bradley and Swede Fredrick Jacobson will tee off one group after Mickelson, Oosthuizen and Kaymer.

In other groupings, defending champion Bubba Watson will set off with Britain’s Ian Poulter and US amateur champion Steven Fox while 2011 winner Charl Schwartzel of South Africa has been paired with US Open champion Webb Simpson and Swede Peter Hanson.

Following ceremonial tee shots by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, the first group who will tee off will be 1988 Masters champion Sandy Lyle of Britain and Americans John Peterson and amateur Nathan Smith.