Woods is scheduled to tee off with Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson at 8:40 a.m. ET Friday (10 tee) and 1:10 p.m. (1 tee) Saturday at TPC Boston. They are Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, in the latest FedEx Cup standings.
Woods has a strong history at the 100-man event, which benefits his Tiger Woods Foundation. He has finished outside the top 11 only once in eight career starts, including a victory at TPC Boston in 2006. Last year, he finished solo third.
Scott is coming off a victory at The Barclays, which further bolstered his Player of the Year hopes, and Mickelson roared into contention there with a final-round 65.
Other groups of intrigue include the FedEx Cup’s 4-5-6 trio (1:10 p.m. Friday, 8:40 a.m. Saturday) of Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker. Kuchar and Rose, in particular, will have to recover quickly after Sunday disappointments at Liberty National. Kuchar shot a final-round 78 to plummet out of contention, while Rose missed a 5-foot par putt on the 72nd hole that would have put him in a playoff.
Zach Johnson, who skipped the playoff opener to attend his brother’s wedding, returns to action this week in Boston. He’ll be paired the first two rounds with Harris English and Bubba Watson (8:28 a.m. Friday, 12:58 p.m. Saturday).
Steve Stricker, at No. 28 in the standings, also makes his 2013 playoff debut after sitting out the opener. The 46-year-old has thrived in his first year of semi-retirement, and hasn’t finished worse than 12th in his last four starts. For the first two rounds at TPC Boston he’ll be grouped with Charl Schwartzel and Jimmy Walker (12:58 p.m. Friday, 8:28 a.m. Saturday).
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