UPDATE: Dustin Johnson injured his lower back in a fall down a staircase Wednesday at His Augusta rental home. He hopes to be able to play Thursday. More details here.
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Masters favorite and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson is grouped with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker for the first two rounds at Augusta National. The trio will go off in the last grouping on Thursday at 2:03PM ET.
Johnson, who tied for fourth here last year and tied for sixth in 2015, has won his three previous PGA Tour starts and is the betting favorite, just ahead of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
Defending Masters champion Danny Willett is in the traditional grouping alongside U.S. Amateur champion Curtis Luck. Matt Kuchar rounds out the group that goes at 12:24PM ET.
Spieth hasn’t finished worse than second place in his three appearances at the Masters but is looking to get past last year’s performance where he made 7 on the par-3 12th in the final round while in the lead. He will tee off at 10:34AM ET with Martin Kaymer and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
McIlroy continues his quest to complete the career Grand Slam by playing with Jon Rahm and Hideto Tanihara. They go at 1:41PM ET. Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker and Justin Rose tee off at 10:56AM ET but go off last at 2:03PM ET on Friday.