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2022 British Open Pairings, Tee Times Revealed for Tiger Woods, PGA Tour, LIV Golfers

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJuly 12, 2022

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Threesome pairings for the first and second rounds of this week's 2022 Open Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland, were released Tuesday.

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Tee times for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheOpen?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheOpen</a><br><br>4:58 a.m. ET<br>Morikawa<br>McIlroy<br>Schauffele<br><br>5:09 a.m. ET<br>Lowry<br>Thomas<br>Hovland<br><br>8:26 a.m. ET<br>Scheffler<br>Niemann<br>Hatton<br><br>9:59 a.m. ET<br>Woods<br>Fitzpatrick<br>Homa<br><br>10:10 a.m. ET<br>Spieth<br>Rahm<br>Varner III<br><br>10:21 a.m. ET<br>Cantlay<br>Burns<br>Pereira<br><br>(Presented by <a href="https://twitter.com/ROLEX?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ROLEX</a>) <a href="https://t.co/Drby0k6HW8">pic.twitter.com/Drby0k6HW8</a>

Ryan Herrington of Golf Digest posted the entire list, which includes 15-time major champion Tiger Woods making his return to the course in a group with 2022 U.S. Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick and Max Homa.

The tournament will also feature several LIV Golf players, including Phil Mickelson paired with Lucas Herbert and Kurt Kitayama, Patrick Reed playing with Tom Hoge and JooHyung Kim, Bryson DeChambeau playing alongside John Daly and Cameron Tringale, Brooks Koepka in a group with Cameron Smith and Seamus Power, and Dustin Johnson paired with Adam Scott and Marc Leishman.

Perhaps the most stacked group of the first two rounds will see four-time major champion Rory McIlroy play alongside two-time major champion Collin Morikawa and Xander Schauffele, who is arguably the top active golfer who has yet to win a major.

Other notable groups involving PGA Tour stars are Justin Thomas, Shane Lowry and Viktor Hovland; Will Zalatoris, Hideki Matsuyama and Tony Finau; Jordan Spieth, Jon Rahm and Harold Varner III; and Scottie Scheffler, Joaquin Niemann and Tyrrell Hatton.

While it will be considered a major upset if he wins, all eyes will be on the 46-year-old Woods this week.

Tiger is a three-time British Open champion with two of those victories coming at St. Andrews, and the 150th Open Championship will mark just his third competitive tournament of the year.

Woods played in the Masters and PGA Championship, which were his first tournaments back since suffering serious leg injuries in a car crash in February 2021.

While Tiger made the cut in both tournaments, he pulled out of the PGA Championship after 54 holes because of leg pain and skipped the U.S. Open in order to rest, recover and prepare for the Open Championship.

As unlikely as it seems for Woods to win the Open Championship, he was counted out from ever winning another major prior to his shocking victory at the 2019 Masters, so it can't be ruled out completely.

McIlroy is another player to watch even though he hasn't won a major title since winning both the Open Championship and PGA Championship in 2014.

Rory has had a great year in 2022, winning the Canadian Open and finishing inside the top 10 in each of the other three majors, so he seems well overdue to add to his career major championship haul.

There will also be plenty of focus on the LIV Golf players competing at St. Andrews because of the divide that has been created in the golf world by high-profile players leaving the PGA Tour for LIV Golf.

Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen are the past British Open winners representing LIV Golf at this year's Open Championship, plus several other major champions will be in the field from LIV Golf as well, including Johnson, Reed, DeChambeau, Koepka and Sergio Garcia.

The action will get started Thursday at St. Andrews with the first tee time at 1:35 a.m. ET, and it will run through Sunday's fourth and final round.

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