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Dustin grouped with Westwood for first 2 rounds at Augusta National ⛳

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Defending champion Dustin Johnson grouped with Race to Dubai winner Lee Westwood at Augusta National; Rory McIlroy out with Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele – Watch The Masters throughout the week on Sky Sports The Masters.

World No 1 Dustin Johnson will have Race to Dubai champion Lee Westwood in his group for the opening two rounds of the 85th Masters at Augusta National.Johnson, who returns as defending champion after claiming the Green Jacket in record-breaking fashion in November, will begin his title defence at 3.30pm (BST) on Thursday alongside Westwood – making his 20th Masters appearance – and last year’s US Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci.

Four-time major champion Brooks Koepka, making his first competitive appearance since undergoing knee surgery last month, is another of the morning starters and goes out two groups earlier at 3.06pm BST with Viktor Hovland and two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson.

Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion, finished tied-seventh at The Masters in NovemberThe two marquee threeballs have also been confirmed as the first two Featured Groups on Thursday, with live coverage beginning at 2pm on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel, with Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy also part of the morning wave.

McIlroy – who has another opportunity to complete golf’s career Grand Slam this week – plays alongside Rahm and world No 6 Xander Schauffele at 3.42pm on Thursday, with 2018 champion Patrick Reed in the next group out with Paul Casey and Daniel Berger.

Rory McIlroy is making his seventh attempt at completing the Grand Slam, having won the most recent of his four major titles in 2014Jordan Spieth, fresh off the back of ending his three-and-a-half-year run without a win at the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, is in the final group out on the opening day with PGA Champion Collin Morikawa and Masters 2020 runner-up Cameron Smith.World No 2 Justin Thomas faces a late start alongside Tony Finau and Louis Oosthuizen, while US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau is also part of the afternoon wave and is in a threeball with Max Homa and 2013 winner Adam Scott.

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