PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods will begin his quest for a second Players Championship on Thursday with Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler. The Golf Boys will join Woods on the 10th tee at the Stadium Course of TPC Sawgrass at 8:39 a.m. ET. Woods won earlier this year at Bay Hill, while Mahan has notched wins in Houston and the WGC-Accenture Match Play. Fowler won for the first time on the PGA Tour last week in a playoff with Rory McIlroy and D.A. Points at the Wells Fargo Championship.
McIlroy will tee it up with newly inducted World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker. They start from the first tee at 1:49 p.m. on Thursday. Luke Donald and Lee Westwood, Nos. 2 and 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, respectively, will tee off with Bill Haas 10 minutes before the Mickelson trio at 1:39 p.m.
Three of the last four winners of The Players Championship are grouped together for the first two days, as well. K.J. Choi, Tim Clark and Sergio Garcia will start at the Stadium Course's 10th tee at 8:18 a.m. on Thursday.
Two consecutive groups will feature six winners this season on the PGA Tour. The back-to-back trios will start on the 10th tee on Thursday afternoon at 1:39 p.m. Kyle Stanley, Ben Curtis and newlywed Jason Dufner will go first, followed 10 minutes later by John Huh, Mark Wilson and Johnson Wagner.