Woods to tee off with Garcia and Rose at British Open

Tiger Woods will partner Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Justin Rose in the first and second rounds of the upcoming British Open. The American Golf great will kick off his campaign with Rose and Garcia at 9:42am local time on Thursday in round one at Royal Lytham and at 2:43pm on Friday.

Tiger is chasing his fifteenth major and is in pursuit of Jack Nicklaus’ 18 majors. The men that will stroll the course along with Woods however have not won any majors as yet. They are still expected to draw the crowds at the par-70 Lancashire layout because of Woods and several other prominent groups nearby.

Defending champion Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland will tee off with Zach Johnson of the United States and South Africa’s Ernie Els at 9:09 am on Thursday. They are scheduled to be three groups behind Woods and company.

England’s World No 2 Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson of the United States and Japan’s Yoshinori Fujimoto will tee off right after Clarke’s group. Westwood is chasing his first major and has impressed one and all with his play. Bubba Watson happens to be the reigning Masters champion and had great things to say about Lee “You always expect Lee to do well,” “It seems like every major he is in, he’s in the top five.” “He’s a great player. Even if he starts off slow he fights back and has a chance to win.” He said

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell will start in the group immediately in front of the Woods group, playing alongside American Dustin Johnson and Japan’s Hiroyuki Fujita. Teeing off just after the Woods group will be five-time British Open champion Tom Watson, Germany’s Martin Kaymer and Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa.

The 36-year-old Woods is longing to break his barren patch of four years without a major, the last major he won was at U.S. Open in 2008. The pairing of Luke Donald with American left-hander Phil Mickelson and Australian Geoff Ogilvy at 2:43 pm is tipped to be one of the other highlights of the tournament.

The great honor of teeing off first at the championship will go to Britain’s Barry Lane at 6:19 am.

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