Tiger Woods, the reigning Masters winner and U.S. Open champion, will join Ernie Els, who survived a five-hole playoff at the British Open in Muirfield, and David Toms, the defending PGA Champion, throughout the first two rounds.
The threesome will go off the 10th tee at 9:35 AM ET Thursday and will start on the first tee Friday afternoon at 2:40 PM ET.
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Woods, who donned his third green jacket in April and won his second U.S. Open title in June, lost out on his bid for the single-season Grand Slam after a third-round 81 at Muirfield.
Woods, ranked No. 1 in the world, is trying to etch his name on the Wanamaker Trophy for a third time. In 1999 at Medinah, he held off Sergio Garcia to win the title, and in 2000 at Valhalla, he upstaged Bob May in a four-hole playoff to cap off one of golf's most thrilling duels. Woods became the first player to win back-to-back PGA Championships since Danny Shute in 1936-37.
Last year, Woods was never a factor, tying for 29th.
Els defeated Frenchman Thomas Levet on the fifth extra hole last month at the British Open to win his third major championship and his first since the 1997 U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club.
Els biggest threat at the PGA Championship was in 1995 at Riviera when he slept on the third-round lead. He could only manage a final-round 72 and was passed by Colin Montgomerie and Steve Elkington, who eventually defeated Monty to win his only major. Els tied for third in '95 and tied for third last year.
Toms elected to lay up from an awkward lie on the par-four 72nd hole last year at Atlanta Athletic Club. He knocked his third to eight feet and stroked home the putt for his first major championship, defeating Phil Mickelson by a single stroke.
Mickelson will be joined by two of the game's elder statesmen at the first tee Thursday afternoon. Greg Norman, 47, finished second at the PGA Championship twice and Tom Watson, 52, needs only the PGA Championship to complete the career Grand Slam.
The threesome will start at 2:40 PM Thursday and open on the 10th tee at 9:35 AM Friday morning.
There will be three groups consisting of former PGA Champions. Vijay Singh, who titled at Sahalee in 1998, will join Davis Love III, the 1997 champion at Winged Foot, and Hal Sutton, who captured the 1983 event at Riviera. The threesome will go off the No. 1 tee Thursday morning at 9:25 AM and the 10th tee Friday at 2:30 PM.
Jeff Sluman, the 1988 champion at Oak Tree Golf Club, will play with Mark Brooks, the winner at Valhalla in 1996, and Nick Price, a two-time champion in 1992 and 1994. That group starts on the first tee Thursday at 2:00 PM and the 10th Friday at 8:55 AM.
Paul Azinger, who defeated Norman in a playoff in 1993 at Inverness, Bob Tway, who also won his PGA title at Inverness, and Elkington go off on the 10th tee at 9:15 AM Thursday and the 1st tee at 2:20 PM Friday.
The last major championship decided at Hazeltine was the 1991 U.S. Open, won by Payne Stewart. The highest finisher in that Open who will be in the field this week is Senior Tour member Larry Nelson. Nelson tied for third in 1991 and also won two PGA Championships - the 1981 event at Atlanta Athletic Club and the 1987 Championship at PGA National.
Nelson will play with 1991 PGA Champion John Daly and six-time major winner Nick Faldo. The trio tees off on 10 at 2:20 PM Thursday and at 9:15 AM Friday morning.
Other groups of note include 2001 British Open champion David Duval, two-time Masters winner Jose Maria Olazabal and 2001 U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen. The threesome goes of at 2:40 PM Thursday and 8:35 AM Friday.
Garcia, ranked fifth in the world, will play with a pair of former British Open winners as he seeks his first trip to the winner's circle in a major championship. Tom Lehman ('96) and Paul Lawrie ('99) join the young Spaniard on the first tee at 8:55 AM Thursday morning and 2:00 PM Friday afternoon.
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