Spieth grouped with Lahiri to open Hero title defense


NASSAU, Bahamas – Jordan Spieth’s title defense at the Hero World Challenge will begin at 11:25 a.m. ET on Thursday. Spieth will be paired with Anirban Lahiri, the first Indian-born player to compete in the event.

The tournament is comprised of 18 players, ranging from world No. 1 Spieth to No. 43 Bill Haas. After one year at Isleworth Golf & Country Club in Windermere, Fla., where Spieth won by 10 strokes, the event has moved to the Albany Championship Golf Course at a luxury resort community in the Bahamas.

The Tiger Woods Foundation is the primary benefactor of the event, but the host will not be competing after recovering from two back surgeries over the last two-and-a-half months.

Here’s a look at the full-field tee times on Day 1. The players will be repaired, according to score, for the second round. Golf Channel's first-round coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday.

First-round tee times (All times Eastern)

10:25 a.m.: Justin Rose, Adam Scott

10:35 a.m.: J. B. Holmes, Patrick Reed

10:45 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk

10:55 a.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Jimmy Walker

11:05 a.m.: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler

11:15 a.m.: Zach Johnson, Bill Haas

11:25 a.m.: Anirban Lahiri, Jordan Spieth

11:35 a.m.: Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar

11:45 a.m.: Paul Casey, Brooks Koepka