Woods, Garcia and Rose in Top Group for the Open

Updated: July 17, 2012

Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose have been placed together in what is undoubtedly the glamour group for The Open which tees off at Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s on Thursday morning.

It is the fourth time that Rose has been paired with the fourteen time major winner for the opening two rounds of the Open.

Woods has been critical of the course, stating that some sections of the rough were “almost unplayable”. He is aiming to win his fourth title and move ahead of players such as Nick Faldo, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Seve Ballesteros. The trio will tee off at 9.42am.

Lee Westwood is attempting to win his first major in his 58th attempt and will tee off Bubba Watson and the relatively unknown Yoshinori Fujimoto. Defending champion Darren Clarke has been grouped alongside Ernie Els and Zach Johnson.

Rory McIlroy will take to the course at 2.21pm and his opening two rounds will be with Louis Oosthuizen and Keegan Bradley.

It is the eleventh occasion that the tournament has been held at the Royal Lytham and St. Anne’s club located in Lancashire. It was last at the venue in 2001 when American David Duval won his only major on a score of ten under par, taking home the winners cheque of £600,000. The 2012 champion will earn £900,000.

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