AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the 74th Masters Tournament with Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi of Korea, it was announced Tuesday. The trio is scheduled to tee off at 1:42 p.m. on Thursday and 10:35 a.m. on Friday at Augusta National Golf Club.
It marks the 16th appearance for the top-ranked Woods, who has four victories, seven top-three finishes and 10 top-10 showings. Woods has a scoring average of 70.91 and is a combined 63-under par at Augusta.
In his last five starts at the Masters, Woods won in 2005, tied for third in 2006, tied for second in 2007, finished second in 2008 and tied for sixth in 2009.
Woods has never broken 70 in the first round. He has opened with 2-under-par 70s four times, including last year.
In 1997, the 21-year-old Woods became the youngest winner of the tournament and youngest winner of a major since World War II. He posted scores of 70-66-65-69 and won by a record-breaking 12 strokes.
On Tuesday, Woods played a practice round at warm and sunny Augusta with Mark O'Meara. The duo also played nine holes together last Sunday. By all accounts, Woods has looked sharper every day, especially with his irons.
Woods has settled on a driver and will use a new Nike VR model.