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2012 Players Championship: TV Schedule, Tee Times, Parings For Thursday

After a brief Spring swing through the South, the PGA Tour returns to Florida this week for the "5th Major." The 2012 Players Championship tees off on Thursday morning, with what is often considered the best field on Tour all season. TPC Sawgrass is one of the top stops for players from all Tours, and usually eclipses the majors and WGC events when it comes to World Ranked players in attendance.

This year is no different, as the Tour comes to Sawgrass red-hot after last week's thrilling playoff at Quail Hollow. Rickie Fowler, coming off his first American Tour win, will play early Thursday with Tiger Woods and Hunter Mahan in a super group. Woods has just one win at THE PLAYERS, and has withdrawn in his past two appearances at Sawgrass. Mahan, meanwhile, is having as good a year on Tour as any American, with two marquee victories under his belt and a lead in the FedEx Cup standings. But while that group may have the most familiar name in the game, this tournament is loaded from start to finish.

Television coverage will be extended for this venerable tournament, with Golf Channel beginning its broadcast at 1:00 p.m. ET on Thursday and going all the way up to 7:00 p.m. ET. Thursday afternoon coverage will likely focus on two specific groups, playing back-to-back and going off at 1:39 and 1:49 p.m. The first will feature No.1 player in the world Luke Donald, defending FedEx Cup Champion Bill Haas, and superstar Lee Westwood. Playing right behind them will be Rory McIlroy, newly minted Hall-of-Famer Phil Mickelson, and Steve Stricker. Of course, all these groups are filled with the top talent in the game, vying for the largest purse in golf.

First wave off No. 1 tee:

7:15 am Mallinger, John Tringale, Cameron Adams, Blake
7:26 am Romero, Andres Overton, Jeff Gillis, Tom
7:36 am Perez, Pat Baird, Briny Thompson, Michael
7:47 am Ogilvy, Geoff Singh, Vijay Verplank, Scott
7:57 am Atwal, Arjun Cabrera, Angel Harrington, Padraig
8:08 am Frazar, Harrison Baddeley, Aaron Leonard, Justin
8:18 am Snedeker, Brandt Crane, Ben Watney, Nick
8:29 am Oosthuizen, Louis Day, Jason Poulter, Ian
8:39 am Pettersson, Carl Points, D.A. Garrigus, Robert
8:50 am Kirk, Chris Bradley, Michael Palmer, Ryan
9:00 am Levin, Spencer Hearn, David Haas, Hunter
9:11 am Maggert, Jeff Merrick, John Mathis, David

First wave off No. 10 tee:

7:15 am Couch, Chris Chalmers, Greg DeLaet, Graham
7:26 am Trahan, D.J. DiMarco, Chris Driscoll, James
7:36 am Streelman, Kevin Jobe, Brandt Blanks, Kris
7:47 am Molder, Bryce Woodland, Gary Hoffman, Charley
7:57 am Slocum, Heath Bettencourt, Matt Gay, Brian
8:08 am McNeill, George Na, Kevin Piercy, Scott
8:18 am Choi, K.J. Clark, Tim Garcia, Sergio
8:29 am Simpson, Webb Bradley, Keegan Kuchar, Matt
8:39 am Fowler, Rickie Mahan, Hunter Woods, Tiger
8:50 am O'Hair, Sean Toms, David Stenson, Henrik
9:00 am Matteson, Troy Holmes, J.B. Henry, J.J.
9:11 am Campbell, Chad Pampling, Rod Mayfair, Billy

Second wave off No. 1 tee:

12:25 pm Reavie, Chez Stadler, Kevin Teater, Josh
12:36 pm Herron, Tim Walker, Jimmy Kang, Sung
12:46 pm Van Pelt, Bo Chappell, Kevin Barnes, Ricky
12:57 pm Sabbatini, Rory Yang, Y.E. Kelly, Jerry
1:07 pm Stallings, Scott Furyk, Jim Love III, Davis
1:18 pm Vegas, Jhonattan Byrd, Jonathan Villegas, Camilo
1:28 pm Rose, Justin Kaymer, Martin Scott, Adam
1:39 pm Donald, Luke Haas, Bill Westwood, Lee
1:49 pm McIlroy, Rory Mickelson, Phil Stricker, Steve
2:00 pm Moore, Ryan Casey, Paul Cauley, Bud
2:10 pm Senden, John Bae, Sang-Moon Gainey, Tommy
2:21 pm Leishman, Marc Killeen, J.J. Quiros, Alvaro

Second wave off No. 10 tee:

12:25 pm Pernice Jr., Tom de Jonge, Brendon Duke, Ken
12:36 pm O'Hern, Nick Stroud, Chris Dyson, Simon
12:46 pm Rollins, John Molinari, Francesco Wi, Charlie
12:57 pm Jacobson, Fredrik Glover, Lucas Goosen, Retief
1:07 pm Steele, Brendan Immelman, Trevor Allenby, Robert
1:18 pm Laird, Martin Cink, Stewart Howell III, Charles
1:28 pm McDowell, Graeme Johnson, Zach Els, Ernie
1:39 pm Dufner, Jason Curtis, Ben Stanley, Kyle
1:49 pm Huh, John Wilson, Mark Wagner, Johnson
2:00 pm Ogilvie, Joe Estes, Bob Davis, Brian
2:10 pm Imada, Ryuji Karlsson, Robert Hanson, Peter
2:21 pm Every, Matt Knost, Colt English, Harris

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Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.