Tiger Toms and Beem Paired


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Tiger Woods, David Toms and defending champion Rich Beem, the last three winners of the PGA Championship, will tee it up together in the first two rounds of the season's final major championship next week.
The threesome will go off the 10th tee at Oak Hill Country Club Thursday at 9:00 AM (ET) and will start on the first tee Friday at 2:05 PM.
Beem stunned the golf world last year at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. He held off a late rally by Woods on the back nine Sunday to earn his first major title.
Toms drained a 15-foot par save on the 72nd hole at Atlanta Athletic Club in 2001 to cost Phil Mickelson an opportunity at his first major championship.
Woods won his second consecutive PGA Championship in 2000 at Valhalla Country Club. Woods finished regulation tied with unheralded Bob May and then beat May by a stroke in a three-hole playoff. The year before Woods held off Sergio Garcia to take his second major title on the PGA Tour.
As is tradition at the final major of the year, the winners of the season's first three majors play together for the first two rounds. Masters champion Mike Weir, U.S. Open winner Jim Furyk and British Open titlist Ben Curtis tee off at 8:50 AM on No. 1 Thursday and 1:55 PM on the 10th Friday afternoon.
Among the other featured groupings are Mickelson, Thomas Bjorn, who coughed up the lead at the British Open late in Sunday's round, and Kenny Perry, who lost a playoff to Mark Brooks at Valhalla in 1996. The threesome opens on the 10th tee Thursday at 8:20 AM and the first tee at 1:25 PM Friday.
Davis Love III, the '97 winner at Winged Foot, Vijay Singh, who won the next year at Sahalee, and U.S. Ryder Cup Captain and 1983 PGA Champion Hal Sutton go off together on the first tee Thursday at 2:05 PM and No. 10 at 9:00 AM Friday morning.
Ernie Els, ranked second in the world, will join last year's 54-hole leader Justin Leonard and Mark Calcavecchia, who finished seventh at Hazeltine, on No. 1 tee at 1:35 PM Thursday and again on the 10th Friday at 8:30 AM.
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