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Tiger Woods grouped with Shane Lowry, Andy Ogletree for opening rounds of 2020 Masters at Augusta

Masters, Tiger Woods, Shane Lowry, Andy Ogletree

Defending Masters champion Tiger Woods learned of his pairings for the first two rounds of the tournament on Tuesday, which begins later this week at Augusta National.

Woods will be paired with former British Open champion Shane Lowry and 2019 U.S. Amateur champion Andy Ogletree.

The full list of tee times can be found on the PGA Tour website.

Woods is hoping to defend his title and capture major championship No. 16 for his career. Another win at Augusta would give Tiger his sixth Masters title and place him two behind Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18 majors.

It will be quite the challenge for Woods, however.

The 44-year-old is coming off a frustrating 2020 tour season that included a missed cut at the U.S. Open at Winged Foot in September. Woods has played just one tournament since, placing in a tie for 72nd at the ZOZO Championship, where he was also the defending champion.

Then again, this year’s Masters will truly be “a tradition unlike any other,” to quote longtime commentator Jim Nantz.

Traditionally held in April, the tournament was pushed to November because of the coronavirus pandemic. The spry colors of spring will instead be replaced by fall foliage, and no fans will be in attendance. Additionally, groups will go off two different tees for the first time ever.

Still, the hunger for the green jacket should be just as fierce as ever, especially for Woods.

Tiger obviously has a long history with Augusta, by all accounts his favorite course in the world. Whether he can finally string four rounds together is another question, but Woods always seems to have something up his sleeve at the Masters.

Woods, Lowry and Ogletree begin their tournament at 7:55 a.m. local time on Thursday. The favorite to win the 2020 Masters is Bryson DeChambeau.