The Memorial Tournament: Tee Times, Pairings And TV Schedule

The Memorial Golf Tournament tees off Thursday at 7:20 a.m. EST at Dublin's Muirfield Village Golf Club. Notably absent from the 2011 tournament field are No. 5 David Toms, No. 9 Rory Sabbatini and of course Tiger Woods, who remains on the mend. Woods has won the Memorial four times.

Here are some of the top pairings to keep an eye on:

7:53 a.m. - No. 1 Bubba Watson, No. 20 Keegan Bradley, No. 30 Justin Rose (defending champion).

8:04 a.m. - No. 2 Luke Donald, No. 6 Phil Mickelson, Charl Schwartzel.

8:04 a.m. - No. 8 Martin Laird, No. 14 Matt Kuchar, No. 16 Hunter Mahan

12:43 p.m. - No. 3 Mark Wilson, No. 12 Jonathan Byrd, No. 54 Jim Furyk.

12:43 p.m. - No. 7 K.J. Choi, No. 11 Aaron Baddeley, Ernie Els

12:54 p.m. - No. 4 Nick Watney, No. 28 Dustin Johnson, Fred Couples.

12:54 p.m. - No. 10 Gary Woodland, No. 19 Bill Haas, Rory McIlroy

Full pairings and tee times are here.

Speaking of Woods, Jack Nicklaus, who designed the Memorial course, spoke with the former No. 1 player on Friday.

"Tiger called on Friday and he was trying to, he said, 'I tried up until today to see if I'm going to be able to come and play but I can't.' He said 'I'm still hobbling and he said 'I don't know whether I'm going to make the U.S. Open or not."

You can catch highlights from the day's action on The Golf Network between 3 and 6 p.m. EST on Thursday and Friday. CBS will have live coverage Saturday and Sunday.

For more on the world of golf, visit SB Nation's golf hub and our golf blog, Waggle Room.

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