First- and second-round pairings were released on Tuesday, and as is custom at World Golf Championship events, the top three players in the Official World Golf Ranking -- Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, and Jason Day -- are in the same group. The must-see, marquee threesome has an 11:32 a.m. (ET) tee time off Trump National Doral's 10th hole on Thursday. Not that it's the only power trio.
Nos. 4-6, Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Henrik Stenson, will start on the first hole at 12:48 p.m. And then there's 7-9, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, and Adam Scott, fresh off his Honda Classic win, teeing off in the group behind Spieth-McIlroy-Day.
It's actually been a big struggle for the Big 3 since Jordan Spieth's eight-shot win at Kapalua to kick off 2016. Spieth is coming off a missed cut at Riviera, where he shot an opening 79. McIlroy is coming off a missed cut at the Honda and the worst final-round score (75) at a non-major the week before at Riviera. And Day has a missed cut and a T-11 in his two 2016 starts.
But that's just a small sample size. A more telling stat about how good this trio has been? They've won five of the past seven major championships. Yeah, we'll be keeping an eye on these guys come Thursday.
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