New Zealand No 1 Danny Lee will tee off at the Masters in a group sandwiched between former champion Charl Schwartzel and double event winner Bubba Watson.

Lee is paired with Russell Knox and Smylie Kaufman for their 12.33pm (Thursday) local tee time at Augusta.

They are playing three groups ahead of world No 1 Jason Day who is paired with Matt Kuchar and Ernie Els who has been runner-up twice.

Another tournament favourite Rory McIlroy will be last to tee off in a field organisers said was the smallest at the Masters since 2002.


At the front of the field Arnold Palmer is listed to tee off first in the ceremonial grouping with Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. The 86-year-old Palmer will attend the pre-tournament dinner but has decided not to hit the ceremonial first tee shot.

The last qualifier Jim Herman will be the first to tee off in the regular field with Australian Steven Bowditch.