Easy as 1-2-3: Rory, Bubba, Stenson grouped at Doral

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The top 51 players in the world descend on Miami this week for the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Here are four groups to watch this week at Trump National Doral:

12:39 p.m. ET Thursday (1 tee), 11:33 a.m. Friday (10 tee): Jason Day, Adam Scott, Jim Furyk

Day is making his first start since posting back-to-back top-fives on the West Coast (including the playoff win at Torrey Pines). He missed this event last year as he rehabbed a thumb injury. Scott, meanwhile, makes his first start of the year after the birth of his first child. This is the first of three consecutive starts, the only appearances he will make before the Masters. Since finishing in the top three in both 2008 and ’09, Furyk hasn’t finished inside the top 30 in the limited-field event at Doral, including a T-62 finish a year ago.


11:22 a.m. ET Thursday (10 tee), 12:28 p.m. Friday (1 tee): Jimmy Walker, Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed

Reed, the defending champion, will look to shake off a disappointing T-7 finish at the Honda, where he played the last four holes in 4 over par. He won this event last year with a winning score of 4 under. In Walker’s only appearance here, he finished T-25, while Matsuyama, coming off a T-4 at Riviera, was T-34 in his debut.  


11:33 a.m. ET Thursday (10 tee), 12:39 p.m. Friday (1 tee): Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson

McIlroy’s 2015 PGA Tour debut didn’t go according to plan, as he missed the cut after hitting only half of the fairways. He failed to break 70 here last year en route to a T-25 finish. Pre-redesign, he had three consecutive top-10s at Doral. Watson, meanwhile, has finished runner-up two of the last three years in Miami. Stenson has only one top-10 in seven tries, and he’s making his first Tour start since the HSBC Champions in November.   


11:44 a.m. ET Thursday (10 tee), 12:50 p.m. Friday (1 tee): Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth 

Garcia didn’t shoot an under-par round at PGA National, failing to carry over the momentum from a good performance at Riviera. Rose missed the cut in Palm Beach, but he returns to the site of his 2012 WGC victory. Spieth, who missed the playoff by one shot at the Northern Trust Open, was T-34 here in his debut a year ago.