PGA: The Masters - Practice Round

Apr 6, 2021; Augusta, Georgia, USA; Dustin Johnson and Gary Woodland walk over the Hogan Bridge on the 12th hole during a practice round for The Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Reigning Masters champion Dustin Johnson begins his title defense at 10:30 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Johnson will be paired with England's Lee Westwood and U.S. amateur champion Tyler Strafaci for the first two rounds.

Teeing off behind Johnson's group will be Xander Schauffele, new father Jon Rahm of Spain and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy -- still looking for his first Masters victory to complete the career grand slam. That group will tee off at 10:42 a.m.

Augusta National Golf Club announced the tee times and pairings Tuesday.

Bryson DeChambeau goes off at 1:36 p.m. with Australia's Adam Scott and Max Homa. Following that trio are the final pairings of Thursday's round, with Tony Finau, South African Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Thomas at 1:48 p.m. and the threesome of Jordan Spieth, Cameron Smith and Collin Morikawa at 2 p.m.

Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Lee Elder get the festivities started with the traditional ceremonial tee shots at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday.

Michael Thompson and Hudson Swafford begin the official action at 8 a.m.

--Field Level Media

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