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Woods grouped with Day, Matsuyama at Bay Hill

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Tiger Woods will begin his quest for a ninth Arnold Palmer Invitational title alongside Jason Day and Hideki Matsuyama.

Woods, coming off a runner-up at the Valspar Championship, is making his first start at Bay Hill since 2013, when he won the last of his record eight titles. Day won this event in 2016, while Matsuyama’s best finish there in three starts is a tie for sixth.

The trio will go off Bay Hill’s 10th tee at 8:23 a.m. ET Thursday and then 1:08 p.m. Friday.


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Day is making just his third start of the year, after winning at Torrey Pines and then tying for second at Pebble Beach. Matsuyama, meanwhile, is playing his first event since the Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Woods and Matsuyama have already played together once this season, during the final round at Torrey Pines.

Other featured groups for the first two rounds:

8:11 a.m. ET Thursday, 12:56 p.m. Friday: Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed

12:56 p.m. Thursday, 8:11 a.m. Friday: Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Tommy Fleetwood

1:08 p.m. Thursday, 8:23 a.m. Friday: Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler, Marc Leishman.