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2012 TOUR Championship: TV Schedule, Tee Times, Pairings For Thursday

The TOUR Championship tees off Thursday morning at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. The event will determine the winner of the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoff. 30 golfers will participate, and all of them have at least a mathematical chance to win the FedEx Cup based on their performance this weekend.

The headline pairing for the first day of the tournament includes Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods. The twosome tees off at 1:55PM ET. Both men could win the FedEx Cup with a victory, but McIlroy has more wiggle room than Woods.

McIlory currently sits first in the FedEx Cup standings, and it's been projected that he would have a "reasonable chance of winning" the FedEx Cup if he finishes in the top five in the TOUR Championship. Woods would more likely need to win or finish in the top three, and have McIlroy falter.

Masters champion Bubba Watson tees off at 1:05 in a pairing with Sergio Garcia. Watson would need a high finish and poor performances by a number of the current leaders to have a viable shot at winning the FedEx Cup.

Here are tee times for Thursday's opening round at The TOUR Championship:

Time Players
11:35 am John Senden Scott Piercy
11:45 am Rickie Fowler Ryan Moore
11:55 am Webb Simpson John Huh
12:05 pm Hunter Mahan Justin Rose
12:15 pm Adam Scott Ernie Els
12:25 pm Bo Van Pelt Robert Garrigus
12:35 pm Carl Pettersson Jim Furyk
12:45 pm Luke Donald Matt Kuchar
12:55 pm Steve Stricker Keegan Bradley
1:05 pm Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia
1:15 pm Zach Johnson Jason Dufner
1:25 pm Dustin Johnson Lee Westwood
1:35 pm Brandt Snedeker Louis Oosthuizen
1:45 pm Nick Watney Phil Mickelson
1:55 pm Rory McIlroy Tiger Woods

Thursday's TV coverage can be found on The Golf Channel starting at 1 p.m. and runs until 6 p.m.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta. For more extensive coverage of this tournament, visit SB Nation's golf hub.

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