Pity K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar 

April, 6, 2010

Today, the men who run Augusta National announced that Tiger Woods will be paired with K.J. Choi and Matt Kucher for the first two rounds of the Masters. You can be sure they handled Woods' grouping with exquisite care. One reason he returned to competition this particular week is because he knows Masters officials like their superstars to be comfortable (hence, no Phil Mickelson in Tiger's group.

But maybe the Masters should give a little less thought to easing Tiger's stress and a little more to his effect on the rest of the field. Because as Choi and Kucher will likely find out, if you're paired with Tiger Woods, your play suffers.

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ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. He started writing "The Biz," a column looking at sports business from the fan's point of view, in 1999. He also coordinates the Magazine's annual "Ultimate Standings" project, which ranks all pro franchises according to how much they give back to fans. His work on concussions in football has earned awards from the Deadline Club, the New York Press Club and the Center for the Study of Sport in Society.