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Pairings to watch as Masters’ first round tees off Thursday

Bubba Watson, left, helps winner Jordan Spieth into his green jacket after last year’s Masters tournament. Spieth and Watson, who won the major in 2014, are among this week’s favorites.
Bubba Watson, left, helps winner Jordan Spieth into his green jacket after last year’s Masters tournament. Spieth and Watson, who won the major in 2014, are among this week’s favorites. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Notable pairings

Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, 8:05 a.m.: Nicklaus hinted he wouldn’t be surprised to see injured Arnold Palmer (shoulder) join these legendary honorary starters.

Webb Simpson, Chris Wood, Thongchai Jaidee, 9:04 a.m.: Charlotte’s Simpson doesn’t have a top 10 this season.

Tom Watson, Charley Hoffman, Lee Westwood, 9:15 a.m.: Two-time champion Watson plays his final Masters.

Zach Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Cheng Jin, 9:26 a.m.: Can Fowler finally win his first major?

Jordan Spieth, Paul Casey, Bryson DeChambeau, 9:48 a.m.: Defending champ Spieth plays with amateur DeChambeau, last year’s U.S. Amateur and NCAA champ

Phil Mickelson, Marc Leishman, Henrik Stenson, 10:43 a.m.: Mickelson is loose and confident entering his 24th Masters.

Bubba Watson, Branden Grace, Ian Poulter, 12:44 p.m.: Watson goes for green jacket No. 3.

Jason Day, Matt Kuchar, Ernie Els, 1:06 p.m.: Day wears the favorite’s mantel.

Martin Kaymer, Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy, 2:01 p.m.: Charlotte native Haas plays with 2014 U.S. Open winner Kaymer and McIlroy, who again seeks the career grand slam.

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