With the top spot in the world rankings in his sights, Adam Scott will play the first two rounds alongside a player who might name himself to the top spot with another win.
Scott will be joined by Justin Rose and Patrick Reed for the first two rounds of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, with the trio teeing off at 8:23 a.m. ET Thursday and 1:08 p.m. ET Friday. Rose is coming off a top-10 finish last week in Tampa, while Reed is making his first start since a breakthrough win at Trump National Doral, his third title in his last 14 starts and one that led to some serious self-promotion from the 23-year-old.
The game's biggest star will be notably absent this week, as world No. 1 and eight-time Bay Hill winner Tiger Woods withdrew late Tuesday, citing a nagging back injury. Woods was slated to play the first two rounds alongside Harris English and Graeme McDowell; they will now be joined by Brice Garnett, who gained entry into the field as a result of Woods' withdrawal. Woods had won this event each of the past two years, and will miss it for only the second time in his professional career.
Other notable tee times for this week in Orlando include (all times ET):
8:11 a.m. Thursday/12:56 p.m. Friday: Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker, Rickie Fowler
Fowler played alongside Woods in the final pairing last year and challenged the current world No. 1 down the stretch before finishing in a tie for third. He'll play the first two rounds alongside Watson, who remains one of the hottest players in the game across the last six weeks, and Snedeker, a former FedEx Cup champ still looking to get his 2014 season - and balky putter - back on track.
Two recent PGA Tour winners headline this group, as Senden tees it up just four days after conquering the Snake Pit to win at Innisbrook and Henley makes just his second start since he survived a four-man playoff at PGA National earlier this month. They'll be joined by Howell, an Augusta native whose window to crack the top 50 in the world rankings - and gain entry into the Masters next month - is quickly closing.
12:56 p.m. Thursday/8:11 a.m. Friday: Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley
Despite winning both the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai titles last year, Stenson has struggled somewhat in 2014. He'll look to buck that trend this week while playing alongside Poulter, who like many in this week's field calls Orlando home and who finished third at Bay Hill in 2012. The final member of the group will be Bradley, who tied for third last year and serves as the only player among the three with a major title to his credit.