• JT, Tiger, Rory in one group

    Woods, Thomas and McIlroy
    Woods, Thomas and McIlroy

    World No 1 Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have been paired together in a group for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship.

    The first Major of the year will get under way on Thursday and excitement is mounting as the world’s best golfers fine-tune their preparation at TPC Harding Park.

    With seven PGA Championship titles between them, Thomas, Woods and McIlroy will most definitely be the centre of attention when they tee off on the 10th hole for their opening round.

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    Thomas will be eager to prove his worth as the new world leader, while Woods and McIlroy could challenge him after a slow return to golf after the break for the two.

    Back-to-back winner at the 2018 and 2019 edition of the PGA Championship, Brooks Koepka will be taking his recent confidence into the start of this week when he goes up against 2019 Open winner Shane Lowry and last year’s US Open champion, Gary Woodland.

    Rickie Fowler, Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott is also an interesting matchup worth keeping an eye on. DeChambeau will pull a lot of attention in his quest for a first Major crown, while Fowler has hinted at a good run of consistency. Scott’s experience at Majors will also be a key aspect worth noting, but it will be the Australian’s very first event since March after skipping the PGA Tour’s resumption as a health caution.

    Jon Rahm’s time at the top of the Official World Golf Rankings unfortunately didn’t last very long, but the Spaniard will always be a threat in these sort of environments. He has been paired alongside countryman Sergio Garcia and the 2005 PGA Championship winner, Phil Mickelson.

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    Rahm has also not yet won a Major but he did manage a T4 at the 2018 PGA Championship, while Garcia has twice finished as runner-up at the event – back in 1999 and 2008.

    Notable groupings:

    • Justin Thomas, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy
    • Rickie Folwer, Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott
    • Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose
    • Gary Woodland, Shane Lowry and Brooks Koepka
    • Jon Rahm, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia.

     

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