THE MASTERS: Tee Times for Thursday and Friday

Augusta National will be in full bloom this weekend
Augusta National will be in full bloom this weekend

Remember that television coverage of The Masters on ESPN both today and Friday will begin at 3 p.m. ET. You can watch Amen Corner action on broadband at The Masters website and Watch ESPN.  The Golf Channel, ESPN and CBS Sports Network will all have plenty of pre 3 p.m. programming that will keep you posted on what is going on at Augusta National.

Weekend coverage is on CBS for the 59th year with the action getting underway at 3 p.m. ET Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Defending champion Adam Scott received a traditional grouping, Phil Mickelson was given a familiar one and three of the game’s brightest young stars will play together in the opening two rounds of the Masters.

Teeing off at 10:41 a.m. ET on Thursday, Scott will begin his title defense alongside PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner and U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Three-time Masters champion Mickelson is no stranger to a late Thursday tee time and he received one yet again, playing at 1:48 p.m. ET with a pair of familiar faces in Justin Rose andErnie Els. Mickelson defeated Els down the stretch of his first Masters victory in 2004.

Perhaps the most highly anticipated group comes in the form of a trio of young stars who are a combined 67 years old: Rory McIlroy (24), Patrick Reed (23) and Jordan Spieth (20).

The opening round will begin once again with Arnold Palmer, Gary Player and Jack Nicklausas the three honorary starters at 7:40 a.m. ET. They will be followed by the twosome of Stewart Cink and Tim Clark at 7:45. MORE..