Defending Masters champion Dustin Johnson will strike the first blow in the morning session; Jordan Spieth in the final group

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Dustin Johnson will begin his Masters title defense on Thursday at 10:30 am alongside England’s Lee Westwood and reigning American amateur champion Tyler Strafaci.

The tournament begins with an honorary opening ceremony involving Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, and Lee Elder, the first black golfer to compete in the Masters. They start at 7:45 am, with the first departure time at 8 am

Jordan Spieth, coming off a victory Sunday at the Valero Texas Open, PGA champion Collin Morikawa and Cameron Smith starting last at 2 p.m.

Among other notable groupings: Bubba Watson, Brooks Koepka and Viktor Hovland at 10:06 am; Sergio García, Webb Simpson and Christiaan Bezuidenhout at 10:18 am

Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy at 10:42 am; Patrick Reed, Daniel Berger and Paul Casey at 10:54 am; Phil Mickelson, Tommy Fleetwood and Scottie Scheffler at 1:12 pm

Bryson DeChambeau is with Adam Scott and Max Homa at 1:36 pm, followed by Tony Finau, Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Thomas at 1:48 pm

The 85th Masters has a starting field of 88 players. A cut will be made after 36 holes to the top 50 and ties.


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