Worth Watching


2007 THE PLAYERSThe PGA TOUR released Tuesday afternoon its opening-round tee times for the 2008 PLAYERS Championship. Here are a few groups worth keeping an eye on:
7:20 a.m. ET (10th tee) : Rich Beem, Ian Poulter, Ken Duke
Beemer and Poulter make for quite an interesting pairing due to the fact that there is a possibility of a party breaking out on the opening tee box. Although it's the earliest tee time of the day you just know they're thinking, 'It's 5 o'clock somewhere!'
8:23 a.m. ET (10th tee): Justin Leonard, Steve Stricker, Sergio Garica
One can just image Stricker - naturally in a peacekeeper role - holding both arms out and placing his hands on both Leonard's and Garcia's foreheads as they try to throw Ryder Cup-style roundhouses at each other. Garcia did happen to finish runner-up here last year.
8:33 a.m. ET (1st tee): Trevor Immelman, Padraig Harrington, Woody Austin
Trevor and Padraig will get a chance over 18 holes to hear Woody explain to them that even though the two of them have won two of the last three majors, that he - Woody - has in fact outplayed them on both occasions. Side note: Harrington had back-to-back runner-up finishes here in 2003 and 2004.
8:33 a.m. ET (10th tee): Phil Mickelson, Rory Sabbatini, Henrik Stenson
It will be interesting to see what kind of start Mickelson gets off to this week at THE PLAYERS. If he can manage to be near the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend, it will be Lefty's tournament to lose. As for Rory, don't expect much as his mind is probably still on Anthony Kim and his belt buckle.
12:51 p.m. ET (1st tee) Dean Wilson, Michael Campbell, Shaun Micheel
Dean Wilson? What, no Ben Curtis in this group? Maybe the powers that be up in Ponte Vedra know something we don't - Wilson will come out of nowhere and win a major championship at some point and then fade into oblivion like his two playing partners.
1:23 p.m. ET (1st tee) Ernie Els, K.J. Choi, Stewart Cink
Els is ranked fifth in the world rankings, Choi sits in the eighth spot and Cink is in at 12th. So who do the oddsmakers have favored: naturally Cink. Stewie comes in at 22-1; Els and Stenson both at 40-1.
1:33 p.m. ET (10th tee): Anthony Kim, Boo Weekley, D.J. Trahan
Is there any doubt that Boo will greet the 22-year-old Kim as 'Sir?' But seriously, at least one of these two guys should figure heavily into the mix come Sunday afternoon.
1:44 p.m. ET (1st tee): Sean O'Hair, J.B. Holmes, Zach Johnson
This is worth the price of admission to see O'Hair get back on the tee box at 17 and try like heck to keep last year's meltdown from bubbling up into his psyche. And what does Holmes hit off the tee at 17 anyway? Do they even make a 76-degree wedge?
2:05 p.m. ET (1st tee) Robert Allenby, Camillo Villegas, Paul Casey
This tee time is for the ladies as Villegas and Casey are a couple of the bigger heartthrobs on TOUR. Sorry Mr. Allenby, no offense.

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