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BMW Championship 2012 Preview: Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods Will Tee Off In Same Group Thursday

Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods enter BMW Championship after impressive showing at Deutsche Bank Championship last weekend.

NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Tiger Woods reacts after finishing the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 3, 2012 in Norton, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
NORTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 03: Tiger Woods reacts after finishing the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston on September 3, 2012 in Norton, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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First-round play in the 2012 BMW Championship at Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind., gets underway Thursday with the first golfers teeing off at 11:15 a.m. Television coverage is from 3-6 p.m. on The Golf Channel.

All eyes will be on the group that tees off at 11:48 a.m. Thursday. That group includes Rory McIlroy, the current No. 1 golfer in the world. McIroy is coming off a win Monday in the 2012 Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing at 20-under. He'll tee off with Tiger Woods, who also was impressive in the Deutsche Bank Championship, finishing at 18-under and in third. Nick Watney is the third member of their group in the BMW Championship.

A full list of tee times in Thursday's first round is available here. Two golfers with Ohio ties, Ben Curtis of Stow, Ohio, and Jason Dufner, a Cleveland native, are among the golfers in the field. Dufner tees off at 11:37 a.m. Thursday in a group with Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson. Curtis tees off at 11:15 a.m. with Ian Poulter and Jimmy Walker.

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