Kuchar grouped with Knox, Malnati at Mayakoba


The PGA Tour heads south of the border this week for its lone sanctioned event in Mexico. Here are some early-round groups to keep an eye on at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, where Matt Kuchar finds himself grouped with the Tour's two newest winners (all times ET):

Smylie Kaufman, Charley Hoffman, Keegan Bradley: 7:30 a.m. Thursday, 12 p.m. Friday

Hoffman returns to Mexico to defend the title he won last year by one shot over Shawn Stefani. He'll be joined for the first two rounds by Kaufman, a Web.com Tour grad who entered the winner's circle last month in Las Vegas. Bradley will round out the threesome as he makes his tournament debut, eager to get back on track after a disappointing season and still in search of his first win since 2012.

Harris English, Jason Dufner, Carlos Ortiz: 7:40 a.m. Thursday, 12:10 p.m. Friday

English won this event in 2013, the first time it was held in its new fall date and the first time it offered a Masters berth to the winner. Also in this group will be Dufner, who like his friend Bradley is looking to get off to a strong start after a down season, and Ortiz, the Mexican native who won Web.com Tour Player of the Year honors in 2013 and will have plenty of crowd support.

Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera, Graeme McDowell: 12 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Friday

This trio includes three former major champions, headlined by McDowell who is making his tournament debut after missing the FedEx Cup Playoffs entirely last season. Ogilvy and Cabrera missed the postseason as well, but they remain exempt thanks to wins in 2014 and the Argentine already has two made cuts to his credit during this wraparound season.

Matt Kuchar, Russell Knox, Peter Malnati: 12:10 p.m. Thursday, 7:40 a.m. Friday

Kuchar was a late addition to this week's field and will be making his season debut. He'll be joined by Knox, who won last week in China and is the only player to tee it up in all five weeks of this new season. Rounding out the group is Malnati, who survived a Monday finish to earn his breakthrough victory at the Sanderson Farms Championship.