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Tiger Woods grouped with Matt Fitzpatrick, Max Homa at Open

Jul 11, 2022; St. Andrews, SCT; Tiger Woods and Lee Trevino during the R&A Celebration of Champions four-hole challenge at the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St. Andrews Old Course. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods will play with U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick of England and Max Homa in the first two rounds of The Open Championship this week at St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

Woods, Fitzpatrick and Homa will tee off at 9:59 a.m. ET (2:59 p.m. local time) in Thursday’s first round and 4:58 a.m. ET (9:58 local) in Friday’s second round.

It’s set to be Woods’ third major start of the year following his comeback from a gruesome single-car accident in February 2021 that left his right leg and foot badly injured.

Woods withdrew from the PGA Championship after the third round due to ongoing pain and skipped June’s U.S. Open in order to be ready for the 150th Open Championship, held at the historic venue where he won The Open in 2000 and 2005.

Fitzpatrick earned his first major title last month when he outlasted Will Zalatoris on the 72nd hole at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., to win the U.S. Open at the same course he won the U.S. Amateur nine years prior.

Another star-studded threesome will feature defending Open champion Collin Morikawa playing with four-time major winner Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and Xander Schauffele — who won the Travelers Championship, the JP McManus Pro-Am and the Scottish Open in his last three times out.

PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas will play alongside 2019 Open champion Shane Lowry of Ireland and Norway’s Viktor Hovland. World No. 1 and Masters champ Scottie Scheffler was paired with Joaquin Niemann of Chile and Tyrrell Hatton of England.

Phil Mickelson and other golfers associated with the LIV Golf Invitational Series are set to tee it up at St. Andrews as well. Mickelson drew one of the earliest tee times in the first round — 7:30 a.m. local time, or 2:30 a.m. ET — and will play with Lucas Herbert of Australia and Kurt Kitayama.

In a group featuring multiple generations of big hitters, Bryson DeChambeau will go off with John Daly, who won at St. Andrews in 1995, as well as Cameron Tringale.

Jordan Spieth, Spaniard Jon Rahm and Harold Varner III will also be a featured group, teeing off directly after Woods’ group on Thursday and Friday.

–Field Level Media