Scott gets Dufner, Rory to follow at Masters
Augusta: Defending champion Adam Scott will join the most recent major winner, Jason Dufner, and Britain`s Matthew Fitzpatrick for the first two rounds of the 78th Masters in groups announced Tuesday.
Scott, who last year became the first Australian to win a green jacket at Augusta National when he captured his first major title, is traditionally joined by reigning US Amateur champion Fitzpatrick, a 19-year-old Englishman.
"It`s going to be exciting for him," Scott said. "I can imagine how good he must have been feeling as a 19-year-old playing the Masters.
"I got to play my first two rounds ever with Fuzzy Zoeller in the tournament. He was whistling off the first tee. I wasn`t quite sure what to make of it, but it was certainly a little more light-hearted than I (expected).
"Unfortunately for Matthew, I`m not going to be whistling off the first tee so he will have to find another way to calm down."
They will be joined by Dufner, who won his first major title last August at the PGA Championship by holding off fellow American Jim Furyk over the final holes.
The trio will tee off Thursday morning at 10:41 (1441 GMT) with two-time major winner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland in the group directly behind them.
McIlroy, a Masters favorite with British oddsmakers this week, will be joined at 10:52 a.m. Thursday by first-time Masters participants Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, both Americans.
The opening round`s last few groups also feature some prime contenders, with Aussie Jason Day joined at 1:04 p.m. by Sweden`s Henrik Stenson and American Dustin Johnson.
Spain`s Sergio Garcia, Britain`s Luke Donald and American Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters winner, are in the next group.
Two groups behind them are Swede Peter Hanson, American Keegan Bradley and Frenchman Victor Dubuisson.
Reigning British Open champion Phil Mickelson, a three-time Masters winner, will join South African Ernie Els and England`s Justin Rose, the reigning US Open champion, in the penultimate group Thursday.
The first father-son duo to play in the same Masters, Craig and Kevin Stadler, will not play together.
Craig, the 1982 Masters winner, will play alongside fellow American Scott Stalling and Germany`s Martin Kaymer in his 38th Masters start while his son Kevin makes his Masters debut alongside John Huh and Welshman Ian Woosnam in Thursday`s second group off the first tee.