8 Apr 2015

First round draw out for Masters

6:30 am on 8 April 2015

World number one Rory McIlroy has been thrown a high profile first round pairing with three-times Masters winner Phil Mickelson.

Tiger Woods (L) with Rory McIlroy

Tiger Woods (L) with Rory McIlroy Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Northern Ireland's McIlroy will also launch his bid for a third consecutive major victory, and a career grand slam, in the company of American Ryan Moore.

He will be seeking his first green jacket.

Tiger Woods, set to attract huge crowds on his much hyped return to the PGA tour, has been grouped with fellow American Jimmy Walker and Welshman Jamie Donaldson for Friday morning's first round of the Masters at Augusta National.

Four-times champion Woods, who missed the Masters last year while recovering from back surgery, will be competing for the first time in two months after a self-imposed absence from the PGA Tour due to poor form.

The defending champion is the American left hander Bubba Watson.

The tournament tees off on Friday morning.

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