Tiger off early, Couples off last on Saturday


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Fred Couples and Jason Dufner will anchor Saturday’s tee times, heading off at 2:45 p.m. (ET), followed by Louis Oosthuizen and Lee Westwood, who trail the frontrunners by a shot.

At the other end of the tee sheet will be Tiger Woods, who is at 3-over 147, with defending champion Charl Schwartzel at 10:45 a.m.

Perhaps the day’s most intriguing pairing, however, is the 1:45 p.m. two-ball of Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson. During the second round of the 2005 Masters Singh, playing behind Mickelson, complained to officials that Lefty was leaving larger-than-normal spike marks on the greens.

On the 13th hole Mickelson was approached by officials and had his spikes checked. After the round the two players had a brief confrontation in the locker room but Mickelson later said everything was “fine” between them.