Woods, Mickelson highlight PGA Champ., groups


AKRON, Ohio – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have had seasons to forget, but they’ll have one final chance for redemption while playing together next week at the PGA Championship.

(Update: Woods' status is uncertain after withdrawing Sunday due to a back injury at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.)

Woods and Mickelson headline the PGA of America’s marquee groupings for the season’s final major, as the two will join Padraig Harrington for the first two rounds at Valhalla Golf Club. The three men – who have combined to lift the Wanamaker Trophy six times since 1999 – will begin at 8:35 a.m. ET Thursday, with a 1:45 p.m. tee time for Friday’s second round.

Neither Woods nor Mickelson has recorded a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this season, and if neither wins this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, Monday will mark the first time since January 1995 that neither owns a current Tour title. The pair were last grouped together at a major at the 2012 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club.

Full 2014 PGA Championship tee times and groupings

The other marquee group announced is the traditional assembly of the season’s first three major champions, as Bubba Watson, Martin Kaymer and Rory McIlroy will play the first 36 holes together. The trio will have the inverse tee times of Woods and Mickelson, playing at 1:45 p.m. Thursday and 8:35 a.m. Friday.

Other notable groups include defending PGA champion Jason Dufner alongside former PGA winners Keegan Bradley and Y.E. Yang, while world No. 1 Adam Scott will play the first two rounds with Jordan Spieth and Lee Westwood.

Rickie Fowler, who has top-five finishes in each of the season’s first three majors, will tee it up alongside Victor Dubuisson and Ernie Els, while U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson will be joined Thursday and Friday by Sergio Garcia and Steve Stricker in the final event before nine of the 12 spots on the American squad are officially decided.