Tiger paired with Day in World Challenge opener


Tiger Woods will return to competition this week alongside Jason Day at the Hero World Challenge.

Woods, a five-time winner of his event, and Day are scheduled to tee off at 12:15 p.m. ET Thursday at Isleworth Country Club in Windermere, Fla.

Other groups of intrigue include Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed, who will play together for the first time since they went 2-0-1 in their Ryder Cup debuts at Gleneaagles. Spieth is coming off a victory last week at the Australian Open.

Orlando residents Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose are slated for the final tee time. Two weeks ago, Stenson won the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship to return to No. 2 in the Official World Ranking.

Good friends Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler will also play together in Round 1. 

Tee times for the 18-man event are expected to run from 11:35 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. during each of the four rounds. 

Here is the full pairings sheet for Round 1 (all times Eastern):  

11:25 a.m.: Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan

11:35 a.m.: Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar

11:45 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley

11:55 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk 

12:05 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Jimmy Walker

12:15 p.m.: Tiger Woods, Jason Day

12:25 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler

12:35 p.m.: Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed 

12:45 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose