Woods grouped with Matsuyama and Knox at Open

The tee times for the opening two rounds of The Open have been announced, with Tiger Woods playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama.

Published : Jul 16, 2018 18:31 IST

Tiger Woods has been grouped with Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox for the opening two rounds of The Open at Carnoustie.

The three-time champion is looking to win his first Open title since 2006 and his first major since the 2008 U.S. Open, having shown encouraging signs of a return to form this year.

Woods finished tied for fourth in his last outing at the Quicken Loans National earlier this month but is yet to make his mark on a major on his comeback, finishing tied for 32nd at the Masters before missing the cut at Shinnecock Hills.

The American, Matsuyama and Knox will tee off at 15:21 local time on Thursday, before a 10:20 start the following morning.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth plays alongside Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat in a 9:58 start on day one, while Rory McIlroy has been grouped with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Jon Rahm is another relatively early starter, teeing off at 10:09 with Rickie Fowler and Chris Wood, and Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace make up one of the more eye-catching initial groupings.

Elsewhere, Dustin Johnson will have Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman for company, while U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka tackles the course alongside Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

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