Thursday, March 26, 2009

By Gary Van SickleSI Senior Writer I'll be watching -- brace yourselves for the shock -- the Tiger Woods pairing at 12:55 p.m. off Bay Hill's first tee. The post-surgery Tiger is the whole show in this pre-Masters run-up. He seems pretty confident about where his game is, and he's won at Bay Hill so often it seems like his personal annuity package. So he's the guy to watch, as always. He's paired with Padraig Harrington, who hasn't rounded into peak form yet, and Milwaukee's Mark Wilson, who a lot of people say could be Tiger's only true rival. (All of those people are wise guys.)
I'll also be watching the oddest group, last off the first tee at 2:04. It features Andrew Magee, who apparently hasn't retired to the Golf Channel to spar with Bowtie Boy Alex Miceli after all. Magee, a former champ here, is paired with Jason Day, an Aussie wunderkind, and Ryo Ishikawa, a Japanese wunderkind. Ryo is working hard to learn English. Good luck on catching the sly Magee's penchant for sarcasm. If this group was a movie, it would be "Lost in Translation." Should be fun.

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