News & ToursApril 7, 2015

7 juicy parings to watch for during the 2015 Masters

Pairings for the first two days of the 2015 Masters were released on Tuesday. Here's a quick run-through of the ones to keep your eye on:

Group 8, 9:02 a.m. EDT: Patrick Reed, Keegan Bradley, Ian Poulter

The opposing Ryder Cup dynamos, Ian Poulter and Patrick Reed, will make for some good viewing as each try to win their first major, Reed in the same town where he went to college. Bradley has won a major and his game seems to suit Augusta National, although his recent results in the tournament would suggest otherwise. - Luke Kerr-Dineen

Group 11, 9:35 a.m. EDT: Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Antonio Murdaca (a)

Adam Scott says winning majors now is his number one priority, so he'll be eager to add another green jacket to his closet. Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, remains major-less but is probably playing the best golf of his career so far this season, and his power-hitting game seems to favor Augusta National's layout. - LKD

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__Group 16, 10:41 a.m. EDT: Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Ryan Moore

Mickelson's only top ten last season came as runner-up to Rory at the 2014 PGA Championship, and if the two can produce a similar show of golf that was on display that day, the crowd will surely be delighted. McIlroy will want to establish himself in contention early as he chases the last leg of the career grand slam, while Ryan Moore is fresh of his best season to date in 2014. - LKD

Group 17, 10:52 a.m. EDT: J.B. Holmes, Martin Kaymer, Brandt Snedeker

This group might not get a lot of attention, but all three players could sneakily contend. Holmes arrives at Augusta as one of the hottest players in the world, Kaymer ran away with the U.S. Open last year, while Brandt Snedeker has been working with Butch Harmon and has one of the best putting strokes in the game. - Stephen Hennessey

Group 29, 1:15 p.m. EDT: Jordan Spieth, Henrik Stenson, Billy Horschel__

__When you're talking new money: this group has it. Over the last two and a half seasons, this group earned more than $50 million (when you factor in the FedEx Cup bonuses of Horschel and Stenson). There might be a big Masters check in one of these guys' future, too. This is a ballstriker's group. - SH

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Group 32, 1:48 p.m. EDT: Tiger Woods, Jamie Donaldson, Jimmy Walker

We wouldn't exactly call this a marquee group, but it'll surely have one of the biggest crowds of the afternoon. It seems like Augusta National has paired a bunch of opposing Ryder Cup opponents in its pairings. (Reed/Bradley and Poulter, Bubba and Rose, Rickie and Sergio, etc.) U.S. fans will remember Donaldson as the European player who clinched the winning points at Gleneagles last year. - SH

Group 33, 1:59 p.m. EDT: Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler

All three have been knocking on the doorsteps of major championships -- Sergio Garcia for many more years than Rickie (26) or Day (27). But they have six top-10 finishes between the three of them (Sergio: 3, Day: 2, Rickie: 1). - SH

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