ST. ANDREWS, Scotland - Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of the British Open with Justin Rose of England, one of the hottest players in golf with two PGA Tour victories in his last three starts.
It will be the first time Woods and Rose have been drawn together in the Open since 2002 at Muirfield, although circumstances were far different eight years ago.
Rose had just won his first tournament as a professional and was starting to turn his career around. Woods was going for the third leg of the calendar Grand Slam.
Woods has not won this year since returning from a five-month hiatus to cope with the chaos in his personal life. Rose, meanwhile, won for the first time in America at the Memorial, had the 54-hole lead in his next tournament, then won two weeks ago at Aronimink in the AT&T National outside Philadelphia.
Camilo Villegas of Colombia is the other player in that group, which tees off at 9:09 a.m. (1:09 a.m. PDT).