Tiger Woods To Play With K.J Choi and Matt Kuchar At The Masters

April 6th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

The pairings and tee times for the 2010 Masters were announced and met with much anticipation relating to the Tiger Woods’ grouping.

The top-ranked golfer will tee off at 1:42 in the afternoon on Thursday alongside Matt Kuchar and K.J Choi.

It is the second-to-last tee time of the opening round at Augusta National Golf Club.

They will tee off Friday at 10:35am.

Coverage of the first round of the Masters will be aired on ESPN beginning at 4pm Est.  Woods’ first tee shot will be shown live on a special episode of Sportscenter.

Choi is a veteran of the PGA Tour, who has seven career victories, and has played with Woods on numerous occasions.  Choi was told of his pairing with Woods while on the course for a practice round.

“It’s funny because I sort of had a feeling when I left Dallas to come here that it would be cool to be paired with Tiger,” Choi remarked by way of his interpreter, Michael Yim. “And it happened. It’s a good surprise.”

“For me, I’m used to playing with Tiger. I expect to the atmosphere to be what it is going to be. I’m not worried about it. When you play with Tiger, it’s hard to explain, but there is an aura that is different than playing with other players. But I’m used to it, so I don’t think it is going to bother me at all.”

Kuchar has won twice on Tour, an was the 1998 U.S Amateur Champion.  He has played with Woods before in the Masters, back in 1998, as it is tradition for the U.S Amateur Champion and the Reigning Masters champion to play together.

“If there’s anyplace to be paired with him with great crowds, it’s here,” Kuchar remarked. “…The beautiful thing about the big crowds here — it’s easier to play in front of a huge crowd than a crowd of 12 people. With 12 people, you can see each individual. With a huge crowd, it just blends in. People can make noise or murmurs, it just kinds of drowns out.”

While it will be a media frenzy, Augusta National Golf Club is very strict and runs a tight tournament, which Woods made note of.

“Of all the tournaments, I think this is the one tournament where it’s not as bad,” Woods said during his Monday news conference. “The media is not allowed inside the ropes. You don’t have like at the U.S. Open and British Open, we have over 100 people inside the rope that are moving around.

“It’s going to be a lot more at ease this week than most weeks. If there is one week you’d rather have a pairing with me, considering the circumstances, it would probably be this week.”

Woods is installed as the betting favorite to win his fifth green jacket and capture the 2010 Masters title.

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