Two of the key questions relating to next week's Masters involve how club officials will handle the pairings dilemma and when Tiger Woods will hit his opening Augusta National shot.
That is, which unlucky saps will be paired with Woods in the first two rounds, putting them in the eye of the storm as he concludes a 144-day layoff after enduring one of the biggest public-relations disasters in sports history, and how much will be seen on TV?
Just for the record, below is the complete list of his playing partners at Augusta since he turned pro, courtesy of the Associated Press. Also note the tee times, which are interesting in that the ESPN broadcast window on Thursday is from 4-7:30 p.m. Based on past history, it seems fair to say that in a best-case scenario, only his back nine will be televised live. The latest he has teed off is 1:52 p.m.
If he tees off in the morning wave, before noon, it stands to reason that nary a shot will be seen live on the network since he'll likely be finished by 4 p.m.
2009 _ 1:52 p.m. Stewart Cink, Jeev Milkha Singh
2008 _ 10:45 a.m. Angel Cabrera, Stuart Appleby
2007 _ 1:52 p.m. Paul Casey, Aaron Baddeley
2006 _ 10:23 a.m. a-Edoardo Molinari, Robert Allenby
2005 _ 1:33 p.m. Darren Clarke, Carlos Franco
2004 _ 1:30 p.m. a-Casey Wittenberg, Thomas Bjorn
2003 _ 10:44 a.m. a-Ricky Barnes, Angel Cabrera
2002 _ 10:53 a.m. a-Bubba Dickerson, Toshi Izawa
2001 _ 12:57 p.m. a-Mikko Ilonen, Mike Weir
2000 _ 10:58 a.m. a-Aaron Baddeley, Stewart Cink
1999 _ 10:38 a.m. a-Sergio Garcia, Tim Herron
1998 _ 1:30 p.m. a-Matt Kuchar
1997 _ 1:44 p.m. Nick Faldo
(Note: a = amateur):