The World Golf Championships event decided to base the groups for the firsttwo rounds on the rankings. It’s similar to what the European Tour did in Dubailast month and the U.S. Open did at Torrey Pines in 2008.
That puts Martin Kaymer , the new No. 1., in the same group with Lee Westwood and Match Play winner Luke Donald . However, the greater focus will be on thenext batch of players—Graeme McDowell at No. 4, Woods and Mickelson.
Woods and Mickelson have combined for 122 worldwide wins and 18 majors.
It will be the 27th time they have been in the same group. Mickelson hasgotten the better of Woods recently. Woods has shot the lower score only once inthe last eight times.