Masters 2016 pairings: McIlroy, Spieth and Day find out their partners

The excitement is building ahead of the first Major of the year.

Masters 2016 pairings: McIlroy, Spieth and Day find out their partners
Can Spieth claim back-to-back Masters titles? | Photo: PGA

On Tuesday, the pairing for the first two rounds of Masters play were announced.

There are certainly some interesting groupings that will take to the famous course come Thursday, as the much-fancied top three found out who would be accompanying them.

US amateur champion with Spieth and Casey

World number one, Jordan Spieth, will tee off alongside Paul Casey and Bryson DeChambeau.

While all eyes will be on reigning champion Spieth, who kicked off a memorable 2015 with a win at Augusta National, DeChambeau is getting his fair share of the limelight.

The 22-year-old joined pretty elite company back in 2015, and this will be his final tournament as an amateur.

Following Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus, he became the fifth golfer to win the NCAA Division I Championship and US Amateur in the same year. 

Casey completes one of the most exciting groups in the tournament, and he will be looking to build on his tied-sixth place finish last year.

Can McIlroy complete the career slam? | Photo: Sky Sports
Can McIlroy complete the career slam? | Photo: Sky Sports

McIlroy and Day find out their pairings

Spieth is out relatively early in the day, although the same can not be said of Rory McIlroy; the Northern Irishman will tee off in the final group.

He has been paired with two-time major winner, Martin Kaymer and Bill Haas. The 31-year-old German will be looking to improve on his best-place finish T-31 this time round.

McIlroy, who hit a hole-in-one on the 16th earlier in the week, could claim a career slam if he wins this weekend and would be the just the sixth man to do so.

Jason Day heads out with the 25th group, in which should be another interesting pairing.

The in-form Australian has been grouped with Matt Kucher and Ernie Els, and is widely anticipated to be one of the leading challengers come Sunday's final round.

10 pairings to watch

Group 6: Tom Watson - Charley Hoffman - Lee Westwood

Group 7: Zach Johnson - Rickie Fowler - Cheng Jin (A)

Group 8: Louis Oosthuzien - Jason Dufner - Patrick Reed

Group 9: Jordan Spieth - Paul Casey - Bryson DeChambeau (A)

Group 13: Phil Mickelson - Marc Leishman - Henrik Stenson

Group 14: Justin Rose - Jamie Donaldson - Daniel Berger

Group 23: Bubba Watson - Branden Grace - Ian Poulter

Group 25: Jason Day - Matt Kuchar - Ernie Els

Group 28: Danny Willett -  Sergio Garcia - Ryan Moore

Group 30: Martin Kaymer - Bill Haas - Rory McIlroy