Wie, Ko, Choi grouped at JTBC Founders Cup


PHOENIX – Rolex world No. 1 Lydia Ko will be grouped with Michelle Wie and Na Yeon Choi in the first two rounds of the JTBC Founders Cup.

Ko’s threesome is scheduled to go off Marriott Wildfire Golf Club’s 10th tee Thursday at 10:55 a.m. ET (7:55 a.m. local) and off the first tee Friday at 3:40 p.m.

Golf Channel is televising the event from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, 6- 8 p.m. Friday and 7-9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

JTBC Founders Cup: Full-field tee times

Ko is coming off two victories and a second-place finish in her last three starts. Rolex world No. 2 Inbee Park is not playing this week. No matter what Ko does this week, she’s assured she will carry the No. 1 ranking into next week, her eighth consecutive atop the rankings.

Stacy Lewis, defending champion Karrie Webb and Yani Tseng are scheduled to go off Thursday at 3:51 p.m. and Friday at 11:06 a.m.