The Players Championship tee times: Jordan Spieth, Jason Day paired together

Written By Marc Lancaster
Jason Day, Jordan Spieth
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The top two golfers in the world will get an up-close look at one another this week.

No. 1-ranked Jason Day and No. 2 Jordan Spieth will play in the marquee grouping at The Players Championship, with 11th-ranked Branden Grace rounding out an impressive trio at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. The group is set to tee off at 8:43 a.m. ET Thursday in the opening round of the tournament long considered golf's "fifth major."

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While Day and Spieth have been paired atop the world rankings for a while now, each will have something to prove this week. Both players missed the cut at last year's event, with the Australian suffering the indignity of shooting 81 on Friday.

Among other groups sure to draw attention for the first two rounds:

—Top-10 players Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson are set to begin at 1:58 p.m. Thursday.

—Defending champion Rickie Fowler will join Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar, starting at 1:36 p.m.

—Former Players champions Phil Mickelson (2007), Henrik Stenson (2009) and Martin Kaymer (2014) will go off at 8:21 a.m.

—Two-time runner-up Sergio Garcia plays with Zach Johnson and Patrick Reed beginning at 1:25 p.m.


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