Woods acts surprised to be paired with Clarke


Tiger Woods acted surprised to hear that he would be paired with good friend Darren Clarke over the first two rounds of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“That’s what I heard. I don’t know if that is the truth or not,” he said.

Golf Channel reported Monday that Woods and the reigning British Open champion would go out in a twosome Thursday and Friday at Firestone Country Club. The two are scheduled to go off the first tee at 1:40 p.m. ET.

Clarke won this event in 2003. Woods has won the tournament seven times in 11 tries.

The two have had a long friendship, dating back to Woods’ early years as a professional. Clarke said Woods sent him text messages of encouragement prior to his winning the claret jug and afterwards in congratulations.

Asked what he said to Clarke, Woods responded: “That’s between Darren and I.”