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The Barclays 2012: TV Schedule, Tee Times, Pairings For Thursday

The 2012 FedEx Cup begins bright and early on Thursday morning with the first round of The Barclays teeing off at Bethpage Black. The top 125 finishers in the FedEx Cup standings are in attendance, which means there are superstars in nearly every group. But one threesome that will dominate the headlines is the group of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Zach Johnson. They'll play in the morning wave on Thursday, going off No. 10 at 8:16 a.m. ET. After capturing his second major at an age younger than when Woods won his second, the inevitable comparisons of Rory as the "next Tiger" will be prevalent in the coverage of the first two rounds. The Northern Irishman is in form and has one of the best swings in golf, but even with Woods' air of invincibility long gone, playing with Tiger (especially in front of a raucous NYC gallery) is always a different challenge.

Golf Channel will carry the broadcast for the first round on Thursday, extending their typical three-hour coverage to four hours. They will come on the air at 2 p.m. ET and broadcast until 6 p.m. ET. While Tiger and Rory will be finished by the time Golf Channel comes on the air, there are still plenty of marquee groups to follow Thursday afternoon. Jim Furyk, Rickie Fowler, and Brandt Snedeker will tee off at 12:44 p.m. ET with potential Ryder Cup captain's picks at stake. Following them 11 minutes later will be a group featuring two of this year's major winners in a threesome comprised of Ernie Els, Webb Simpson, and Justin Rose. Bubba Watson and Hunter Mahan, two more likely Ryder Cup participants, then follow that group off No. 1 at 1:06 p.m. ET. Expect the Golf Channel cameras to be focused on that cluster of three straight tee times. A complete list of pairings and tee times for Thursday below:

Morning wave off No. 1:

7:10 am Owen, Greg Flores, Martin Stallings, Scott
7:21 am O'Hair, Sean Moore, Ryan Baddeley, Aaron
7:32 am Matteson, Troy Potter, Jr., Ted Harrington, Padraig
7:43 am Palmer, Ryan Rollins, John Byrd, Jonathan
7:54 am Scott, Adam Garcia, Sergio Oosthuizen, Louis
8:05 am Johnson, Dustin McDowell, Graeme Leishman, Marc
8:16 am Wagner, Johnson Haas, Bill Stanley, Kyle
8:27 am English, Harris Mallinger, John Claxton, Will
8:38 am Hearn, David Streelman, Kevin Gay, Brian
8:49 am Christian, Gary Allenby, Robert Day, Jason

Morning wave off No. 10:

7:10 am Adams, Blake McNeill, George Choi, K.J.
7:21 am Perez, Pat Sabbatini, Rory McGirt, William
7:32 am Westwood, Lee Henry, J.J. Every, Matt
7:43 am Davis, Brian Watney, Nick Points, D.A.
7:54 am Mickelson, Phil Piercy, Scott Donald, Luke
8:05 am Bradley, Keegan Kuchar, Matt Stricker, Steve
8:16 am Woods, Tiger McIlroy, Rory Johnson, Zach
8:27 am Molder, Bryce Harman, Brian Barnes, Ricky
8:38 am Stroud, Chris Castro, Roberto Blixt, Jonas
8:49 am Knost, Colt Frazar, Harrison Kelly, Jerry

Afternoon wave off No. 1:

12:00 pm Chalmers, Greg Pride, Dicky Kirk, Chris
12:11 pm Toms, David Stadler, Kevin Bae, Sang-Moon
12:22 pm Clark, Tim Poulter, Ian Tringale, Cameron
12:33 pm de Jonge, Brendon Duke, Ken Walker, Jimmy
12:44 pm Furyk, Jim Fowler, Rickie Snedeker, Brandt
12:55 pm Els, Ernie Rose, Justin Simpson, Webb
1:06 pm Watson, Bubba Mahan, Hunter Pettersson, Carl
1:17 pm Romero, Andres Teater, Josh Jacobson, Fredrik
1:28 pm Gainey, Tommy Estes, Bob Chappell, Kevin
1:39 pm Stenson, Henrik Kelly, Troy Mayfair, Billy
1:50 pm Weekley, Boo Slocum, Heath Bohn, Jason

Afternoon wave off No. 10:

12:00 pm Merrick, John Holmes, J.B. Summerhays, Daniel
12:11 pm Thompson, Michael Hoffman, Charley Ogilvy, Geoff
12:22 pm Singh, Vijay Overton, Jeff Howell III, Charles
12:33 pm Na, Kevin Crane, Ben Noh, Seung-Yul
12:44 pm Cauley, Bud Wi, Charlie Senden, John
12:55 pm Curtis, Ben Wilson, Mark Laird, Martin
1:06 pm Van Pelt, Bo Garrigus, Robert Huh, John
1:17 pm Schwartzel, Charl Campbell, Chad Gillis, Tom
1:28 pm Love III, Davis DeLaet, Graham Maggert, Jeff
1:39 pm Immelman, Trevor Driscoll, James Pampling, Rod

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