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Scott draw for Fitzpatrick

Defending Masters champion Adam Scott will play with USPGA champion Jason Dufner and Sheffield amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick in the first two rounds.

The Australian won in a play-off with Angel Cabrerra last year, and as he begins his bid for back-to-back Masters titles he will play with laid-back American Dufner and English youngster Fitzpatrick.

The 19-year-old was low amateur at last year's Open before becoming the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship in 102 years, and his dream spell continues with a brilliant draw for his Masters debut.

The trio will go out at 10.41 ET, 3.41pm UK time, and will be immediately followed by Masters favourite Rory McIlroy, who has two other young guns alongside him in Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed.

Both of the young Americans will be making their debuts at Augusta this week, so McIlroy will unusually be the most experienced player in the group - but big things are expected of both rookies in the future.

Mickelson group

Reigning Open champion Phil Mickelson always attracts huge galleries, but they will be even bigger this year given he is playing alongside the ever-popular Ernie Els and current US Open champion Justin Rose for the opening two rounds.

Another eye-catching pairing sees well-fancied Australian Jason Day, playing for the first time since picking up a thumb injury winning the WGC Match Play in Arizona, going out with big-hitting Dustin Johnson and European No 1 and FedEx Cup champion Henrik Stenson.

2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson is also part of a big-name threeball, as he plays alongside Englishman Luke Donald and Spain's Sergio Garcia, who has been showing some good signs of form of late.

Lee Westwood has been in the shake-up for the last few years, finishing eighth, third, 11th and second, in the last four years, and he will be in the last group out on Thursday as he plays with American starlets Harris English and Russell Henley.

With 97 players in the field, former Open champion Stewart Cink and South African Tim Clark make up the first group out in the tournament proper at 7:45am, with Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer again acting as honorary starters five minutes earlier, the legendary trio hitting tee shots on the par-four first before retiring to the clubhouse.