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The 2011 Players Championship: Notable Pairings for Thursday at TPC Sawgrass

As the 2011 Players Championship gets underway, there is a number of notable pairings for the people to enjoy. Some are just too talented to keep your eyes off of, some are intriguing mixes of playing styles, while others are causing a stir, even if they aren't playing together.

Bubba Watson recently made some comments about Tiger Woods and his golf swing, which was a bit overblown by the media. Nevertheless, Tiger didn't appreciate it all too much, and said the two 'will talk' about the situation. Both players tee off at 8:08 a.m. ET, although Tiger will be teeing off the first tee while Bubba will be on the tenth. Maybe they will see each other on opposing holes and starting yelling at one another tee box to tee box. Highly doubtful, but still would make for an epic golfing experience for viewers. 

Below is a listing of important pairing to keep your eye on throughout the course of Thursday's round. Some will be off earlier that the television coverage begins (1:00 p.m. ET, Golf Channel), but you can still follow along at the Players Championship Page at

Taken from

Tee time
8:08 a.m. ET
No. 10

Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Mark Wilson
The top three in the FedExCup make up the Featured Group this week. They have five combined wins in 2011.
8:08 a.m. ET
No. 1

Martin Kaymer, Matt Kuchar, Tiger Woods
Interesting dilemma for early-morning fans Thursday -- check out this group on No. 1, or Bubba, Luke and Wilson on No. 10?
1:18 p.m. ET
No. 1

Phil Mickelson, Martin Laird, Gary Woodland
Nos. 4 through 6 in FedExCup points are here, headlined by 2007 champ Mickelson. But he's only had one round in the 60s since then.
1:28 p.m. ET
No. 10

Hunter Mahan, Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel
The most recent major champion is our New Breedrepresentative, playing alongside two popular picks to contend this week.
2:10 p.m. ET
No. 1

Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, Alvaro Quiros
Young talent oozes from this group, starting with 18-year-old Manassero, the youngest in PLAYERS Championship history.

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