Round one of the 2011 Masters will begin very early Thursday at Augusta National.
The television coverage will be shared by CBS and ESPN but the Worldwide Leader in Sports will have the television coverage on Thursday, from 3 pm to 7:30. There will also be continuous coverage on Masters.com.
Some of the prized threesomes on Day One include the following.
The first big time pairing comes at 8:40 a.m., when young stars Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, and early favorite Nick Watney tee off.
Another young crowd kicks off at 9:24 when Rory McIlory, Rickie Fowler, and Jason Day goes off, followed an hour later by Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, and world number Martin Kaymer at 10:19. Phil Mickelson's threesome--which includes former US Open champion Geoff Ogilby and reigning US Amateur champion Peter Uihlein--will face the par-4 first hole known as Tea Olive at 1:48 pm.
Still, the most anticipated group tees off at 10:41 a.m., when Tiger Woods, reigning US Open champion Graeme McDowell and Robert Allenby hit the course.
The players will be practicing on the course for the next two days, but today several will sit down and discuss the tournament and the course. Lee Westwood, world number one Martin Kaymer, and reigning British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen have already met with the media, while Tiger Woods (1 pm), Phil Mickelson (2:30 pm), and Nick Watney (3:30 pm) will later today. The interviews will be available to watch on Masters.com
For more on the Masters, see Swing for the Fences: Top 25 Performances in Masters History.