2014 Quicken Loans National: Tee times, pairings for Thursday's round

Rob Carr

For the first time since early March, Tiger Woods will tee it up in a PGA Tour event. Woods will make his return early on Thursday, playing in the morning wave.

Scheduled between the U.S. Open and the Open Championship and with its status as one of the few invitational tournaments on the PGA Tour, the Quicken Loans National typically draws a very solid field. That is the case again this year, but most of the attention will be on one of the 120 players teeing it up. Tiger Woods will make his return from back surgery on Thursday, playing in his first competitive event since the WGC-Cadillac Championship in early March.

Woods only began hitting full golf shots recently, but is recovered enough to play and pushed up the timeline of his return to this week since he hosts the Quicken Loans National and it benefits the Tiger Woods Foundation.

"If this wasn't the foundation and our impact on what we can have with kids, I probably would not [return this week]," Woods said earlier in the week. "Our goal was the British Open and I healed extremely fast."

Regardless of why he's playing, he is playing and the attention will shift to his performance on the course. Woods is likely to be very rusty, having not played much golf. He's talked about working on his grip and missed several shots to the right during the pro-am event on Wednesday. Woods made some minor tweaks to his swing during the rehabilitation process in an effort to avoid doing any more damage to his surgically repaired spine. While he initially lost some power and distance, he said his numbers are getting close to normal.

Viewers won't have to wait long to see how Woods fares in his first round back as he's scheduled to tee off at 8:12 a.m. ET. He'll play with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day, forming the marquee pairing of the first two rounds. While the results of Woods' return will come in early, viewers won't be able to see the 79-time PGA Tour winner play live, unless they are on the grounds at Congressional. Television coverage will be expanded from the usual three-hour broadcast, but it still won't begin until 2:30 p.m. With Woods scheduled to tee off a little after 8 a.m., he will be done with his first round by the time television coverage begins.

While Woods' round will likely be featured prominently during the broadcast and be a popular topic of conversation, there will be a few notable groups playing in the afternoon during the broadcast window. Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley and Ernie Els will form one of the most notable pairings and the three are set to tee off at 1:12 p.m. They'll go out just a group after Jason Dufner, Bill Haas and K.J. Choi tee off. Haas is the defending tournament champion.

Golf Channel's coverage will run from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday with a live simulcast available online from Golf LiveExtra. There will not be a featured holes stream this week so viewers will have to wait until Friday to see Woods play live.

Here is a complete look at the coverage for Thursday, including the first-round tee sheet. All times Eastern.

First round coverage

Television:

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel

Online streams:

2:30 to 6:30 p.m. -- Golf Channel simulcast stream

Radio:

1 to 7 p.m. -- PGA Tour Radio on Sirius-XM (Ch. 93/208)

Tee times:

First hole

Tee time

Players

No. 1

7:00 a.m.

John Rollins

Ben Martin

Justin Hicks

No. 1

7:12 a.m.

Arjun Atwal

Ricky Barnes

Daniel Summerhays

No. 1

7:24 a.m.

Brendon de Jonge

Kevin Chappell

Andrew Svoboda

No. 1

7:36 a.m.

Nick Watney

Kyle Stanley

Mark Wilson

No. 1

7:48 a.m.

George McNeill

Jhonattan Vegas

Mike Weir

No. 1

8:00 a.m.

J.B. Holmes

Seung-Yul Noh

Chesson Hadley

No. 1

8:12 a.m.

Steven Bowditch

Patrick Reed

Gary Woodland

No. 1

8:24 a.m.

Derek Ernst

Jonathan Byrd

Vijay Singh

No. 1

8:36 a.m.

Ryan Palmer

Brian Harman

Chad Collins

No. 1

8:48 a.m.

Billy Hurley III

Jim Renner

Patrick Cantlay

No. 10

7:00 a.m.

Brian Davis

Hudson Swafford

Peter Hanson

No. 10

7:12 a.m.

Roberto Castro

James Hahn

Cameron Tringale

No. 10

7:24 a.m.

Robert Garrigus

Tim Wilkinson

Danny Lee

No. 10

7:36 a.m.

Stuart Appleby

Davis Love III

Robert Allenby

No. 10

7:48 a.m.

John Merrick

Carl Pettersson

John Huh

No. 10

8:00 a.m.

Brendon Todd

Webb Simpson

Brandt Snedeker

No. 10

8:12 a.m.

Jason Day

Tiger Woods

Jordan Spieth

No. 10

8:24 a.m.

Ted Potter, Jr.

Johnson Wagner

Harrison Frazar

No. 10

8:36 a.m.

Andres Romero

Erik Compton

D.H. Lee

No. 10

8:48 a.m.

Charlie Wi

Greg Chalmers

Andrew Loupe

No. 1

12:00 p.m.

Camilo Villegas

Nicholas Thompson

Morgan Hoffmann

No. 1

12:12 p.m.

Sean O'Hair

Spencer Levin

Josh Teater

No. 1

12:24 p.m.

Jason Bohn

Trevor Immelman

Troy Merritt

No. 1

12:36 p.m.

Scott Stallings

Charlie Beljan

Y.E. Yang

No. 1

12:48 p.m.

Geoff Ogilvy

Angel Cabrera

Retief Goosen

No. 1

1:00 p.m.

Jason Dufner

Bill Haas

K.J. Choi

No. 1

1:12 p.m.

Justin Rose

Keegan Bradley

Ernie Els

No. 1

1:24 p.m.

Scott Brown

Rory Sabbatini

Charley Hoffman

No. 1

1:36 p.m.

Bryce Molder

Heath Slocum

Michael Putnam

No. 1

1:48 p.m.

Tyrone Van Aswegen

Bud Cauley

Brady Watt

No. 10

12:00 p.m.

James Driscoll

Martin Flores

Shawn Stefani

No. 10

12:12 p.m.

Russell Knox

Robert Streb

Kevin Kisner

No. 10

12:24 p.m.

Freddie Jacobson

Brendan Steele

David Lingmerth

No. 10

12:36 p.m.

Sang-Moon Bae

J.J. Henry

Stewart Cink

No. 10

12:48 p.m.

Woody Austin

Martin Laird

Ben Curtis

No. 10

1:00 p.m.

Matt Every

Hunter Mahan

Charles Howell III

No. 10

1:12 p.m.

Russell Henley

Billy Horschel

Marc Leishman

No. 10

1:24 p.m.

Aaron Baddeley

Pat Perez

Brice Garnett

No. 10

1:36 p.m.

Bo Van Pelt

Will MacKenzie

Richard H. Lee

No. 10

1:48 p.m.

Wes Roach

Patrick Rodgers

Oliver Goss

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