Pity K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar 

April, 6, 2010
04/06/10
12:10
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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.

Peter Keating

ESPN Senior Writer
Peter Keating is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, where he covers investigative and statistical subjects. His column, The Numbers, appears in every issue.
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