Invitation to Masters fulfills Smylie Kaufman’s lifelong dream _lowres

Associated Press photo by Phelan M. Ebenhack -- Smylie Kaufman lines up a putt on the second green during the third round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month in Orlando, Fla. The former LSU golfer is hoping he can line up a strong showing in this week's Masters as well.


AUGUSTA, GA. – Smylie Kaufman’s first Masters paring will have the international feel the tournament is known for.

The former LSU golfer tees off at 11:33 a.m. CDT Thursday with Danny Lee of New Zealand and Russell Knox of Scotland. The threesome has an early start Friday at 8:26 a.m.

Former University High golfer Patrick Reed starts at 8:37 a.m. CDT Thursday with a pair of major champions: 2010 British Open winner Louis Oosthuizen and 2013 PGA champion Jason Dufner, a winner in 2012 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. They tee off at 11:44 a.m. Friday.

Two-time Masters champion and 2011 Zurich Classic winner Bubba Watson, with Lafayette’s Ted Scott on the bag, has the opposite tee times: 11:44 a.m. Thursday, 8:37 a.m. Friday. He plays with South Africa’s Branden Grace and England’s Ian Poulter.

Other notable players include:

--Reigning Masters champion Jordan Spieth, 8:48 a.m.

--World No. 1 Jason Day at 12:06 p.m.

--Three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson at 9:43 a.m.

--Rory McIlroy in Thursday’s final group at 1:01 p.m.

Jim Herman, the last player to qualify for this year’s Masters by winning in Houston last week, will be the first one off Thursday. He plays alongside Australian Steven Bowditch at 7:20 a.m.