British duo drawn with world's top two

Last updated at 08:29 06 April 2005

Darren Clarke has been paired with Tiger Woods and Lee Westwood with Vijay Singh for the first two rounds of the Masters on Thursday and Friday.

Westwood, back in the event for the first time since 2002, does not have to wait too long, teeing off at 10.49am.

But Clarke and Woods are in the third last group at 1.33pm - just ahead of Ernie Els, David Toms and Adam Scott.

The third member of Westwood's group is American Chad Campbell, while Clarke and Woods are joined by Paraguay's Carlos Franco.

Padraig Harrington, Europe's leading player at sixth in the world rankings, is off at 9.27am with Fuzzy Zoeller and Angel Cabrera, while Phil Mickelson begins his title defence with American amateur champion Ryan Moore and Australian Stuart Appleby for company. They go out at 10.38am.

David Howell's debut sees him in the very first group at 8.05am, with Ian Woosnam immediately behind.

British amateur champion Stuart Wilson, from Scotland, partners five-time Open champion Tom Watson and former US Open champion Jim Furyk at 11.22am.

Organisers will have one eye on the weather however, with thunderstorms having been forecast for Thursday morning.

Sergio hits albatross

Sergio Garcia achieved something never seen in Masters history on Tuesday - an albatross two on the 575-yard second hole.

Garcia sank a 253-yard two-iron - unfortunately, of course, in a practice round - with the event starting until Thursday.

"It was a fun thing," he said. "It's always special if you make your first double-eagle (the American term for an albatross) ever and make it at Augusta. It was an amazing thing. I hit a great shot, but thought it was like a yard and half right of the hole, but all of a sudden the crowd went crazy. It's a shame it wasn't in the tournament - but still nice."

John Daly, meanwhile, holed-in-one at the 16th and Tiger Woods, on Monday, holed out with a sand wedge to the ninth for an eagle two.

The second hole is the only par five on the course which has not witnessed an albatross in the tournament.

Gene Sarazen, in winning the second Masters in 1935, sank his four-wood approach to the 500-yard 15th, while Australian Bruce Devlin made a two at the 570-yard eighth in 1967, also with a four-wood. Jeff Maggert achieved the same feat on the 510-yard 13th in 1994 with a three-iron.

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