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Wondering what groups to watch at the Masters? Butch Harmon rates the top 7

All eyes on Augusta as the season’s first Major tees off.

2.35pm – Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler & Jimmy Walker

“Ricky’s swing has come a long way and Jimmy has won three times already this year.

“This is Jimmy’s first Masters so it’s going to be interesting to see how he handles the pressure.

“I watched Ricky playing this morning with Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Jason Dufner and he was pounding all of them so he’s really ready.”

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Source: Matt Slocum

3.41pm — Adam Scott, Jason Dufner & Matthew Fitzpatrick

“[On Fitzpatrick] Anytime you’re a young player and you come here, you want to play with people who have knowledge of the golf course.

“On this golf course unlike any other in the world, local knowledge is a huge part of it, and he’s smart to be asking a lot of questions.”

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3.52pm — Rory McIlroy, Patrick Reid & Jordan Speith

“You’d think they’d put McIlroy in with a couple of veterans.  These are two guys who have never played in the Masters.

“Patrick Reid is off to a hot start this year.  Jordan Spieth we know is a hot player.

“But I don’t think you could put Rory in with anyone who is going to bother him.  He’s playing well.  He just looks forward to playing he doesn’t care who he’s with.”

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Source: Matt Slocum

4.47pm — Nick Watney, Steven Gallacher & Darren Clarke

“Fun group to watch.”

6.04pm — Jason Day, Dustin Johnson & Henrik Stenson

“I talked to Jason yesterday and I watched him hit some balls yesterday and today and he says he’s fine.  He does have this thumb taped up just so he doesn’t hyper-extend it but he says he’s ready to go.

“He’s been off ever since the Matchplay so it will be interesting to see how his nerves are as well as the thumb.”

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Source: Chris Carlson

6.15pm — Bubba Watson, Luke Donald & Sergio Garcia

“Sergio is really starting to get on form.

“Luke has struggled a bit but I think he’ll be fine around this golf course.

“Bubba Watson hasn’t done a lot since he won here.  He finally got another win.   Interesting group there.”

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Source: Chris Carlson

6.48pm — Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els & Justin Rose

“A really good group, three crowd favourites.

“Mickelson is obviously the most popular one here, Ernie is the nicest guy in the world, and Justin has so many fans over here.

“They’re off late and it’s going to be a fun group to watch.”

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Source: Darron Cummings

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