Jason Day has been given a potentially spicy grouping for the opening rounds of the Masters, teeing it up with one of the most vocal critics of the Australian’s alleged slow play.
World No.3 Day has been grouped with England’s Olympic gold medallist Justin Rose and American Brand Snedeker, who spoke out against Day’s desire to be more deliberate on each shot in 2017.
In January, 29-year-old Day revealed his approach to tournaments in 2017 would be to “get back to what makes me good. If that means I have to back off five times, I’m going to.”
Snedeker, a two-time Ryder Cup player and eight-time PGA Tour winner, took exception .
“If I were to get paired with Jason on the weekend of a major championship … and we get put on the clock and I need a minute on a shot late on Sunday afternoon, am I allowed to have that time because Jason has played slow all day?
“That creates a problem with me. I don’t feel that creates a level playing field, and it’s not being respectful to your fellow tour pros.”
Meanwhile, 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott has been drawn with American Kevin Kisner and Englishman Andy Sullivan for Thursday and Friday at Augusta National, while in-form Australian Marc Leishman will play with world No.7 Justin Thomas and fellow American Bill Haas.
In the traditional pairing of the US Amateur winner and reigning Masters champion, Western Australian amateur Curtis Luck will go around the famed Georgia golf course with Danny Willett, as well as veteran Matt Kuchar, who himself played his first Masters way back in 1998 as the reigning US Amateur champion.
Rounding out the Australian contingent at Augusta is veteran Rod Pampling, who will play his first Masters since 2007 alongside American William McGirt.
In the big-name pairings, world No.1 Dustin Johnson has been grouped with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker and will be the second to last player to tee off on the Thursday.
World No.2 Rory McIlroy will play 36 holes with Japanese golfer Hideto Tanihara and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm, while world No.6 and 2015 Masters winner Jordan Spieth will partner Martin Kaymer and Matthew Fitzpatrick.
World No.4 Hideki Matsuyama is grouped with No.8 Rickie Fowler and Scotland’s Russell Knox.