The six best groups at the Players Championship

Rory McIlroy is in one of the best groups this weekend. (Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy is in one of the best groups this weekend. (Getty Images)

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Tiger Woods won't be in attendance this weekend at the Players Championship but there will still be some big time groups.

Here's a look at Thursday tee times and pairings:

Patrick Reed, Jason Dufner, and Luke Donald (8:08 AM) -- I'm sure Dufner and Reed will have a lot of things to talk about. Donald might have to mediate.

Zach Johnson, Jordan Spieth, and Graeme McDowell (8:18 AM) -- Great group to follow here. Three of the most fun on-course guys and tons of stones in this pairing.

Rory McIlroy, Harris English, and Justin Rose (8:29 AM) -- All of the sweet swings. All of them.

Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson, and Dustin Johnson (8:39 AM) -- There might be some under-the-table stuff going on in this threesome. If you know what I mean.

Adam Scott, Steve Stricker, and Rickie Fowler (1:39 PM) -- Stricker isn't going to know what to do with all the 20-something females trailing these guys.

Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, and Jimmy Walker (1:49 PM) -- Six tour wins so far this season from these three guys. Pretty impressive.

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