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Clarke and Woods: Paired together

Clarke and Woods: Paired together

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Open champion Darren Clarke has been paired with "good friend" Tiger Woods in the American's comeback week, as was widely expected.

The two former winners of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational - Woods seven times, Clarke just the once - will tee off at 1.40pm local time (6.40pm BST) in the opening round in Akron on Thursday.

Unlike most events, it is leaders out last from the second round onwards.

Given that Woods texted Clarke and gave him some tips as he tried to win his first major, the possibility of pairing the duo was too good to resist for the organisers.


"I'm delighted to be there - I'll play wherever they put me, but it's great he's coming back to play again," said Clarke last week when Woods announced his return date.

The 42-year-old Ulsterman would not have been in the field but for his Sandwich triumph, which lifted him from 111th to 30th in the world.

World number one Luke Donald partners Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and world number two Lee Westwood, who a year ago had to pull out of the tournament with a leg injury, is with Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell.

Rory McIlroy, McDowell's successor as US Open champion, plays with defending champion Hunter Mahan in his first start in America since his eight-shot success in Washington in June.

Tee-off times (all times BST)

1st tee
1340 Arjun Atwal (Ind), Rory Sabbatini (Rsa)
1350 Stuart Appleby (Aus), Richard Green (Aus)
1400 DA Points, Alvaro Quiros (Spa)
1410 Scott Stallings, Stewart Cink
1420 YE Yang (Kor), Charley Hoffman
1430 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus)
1440 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Retief Goosen (Rsa)
1450 Robert Karlsson (Swe), Jim Furyk
1500 Ernie Els (Rsa), Jeff Overton
1730 Gary Woodland, Peter Hanson (Swe)
1740 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe), Jhonattan Vegas (Ven)
1750 Bill Haas, Hennie Otto (Rsa)
1800 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), David Toms
1810 Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero (Ita)
1820 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Bubba Watson
1830 Nick Watney, Steve Stricker
1840 Darren Clarke (NIrl), Tiger Woods
1850 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn), Matt Kuchar
1900 Adam Scott (Aus), Dustin Johnson

10th tee
1340 Mark Wilson, Park Jae-bum (Kor)
1350 Brendan Steele, Robert Allenby (Aus)
1400 Alex Noren (Swe), Jonathan Byrd
1410 Keegan Bradley, Thomas Bjorn (Den)
1420 Luke Donald (Eng), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)
1430 Graeme McDowell (NIrl), Lee Westwood (Eng)
1440 Brandt Snedeker, Yuta Ikeda (Jpn)
1450 Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Hunter Mahan
1500 Phil Mickelson, Jason Day (Aus)
1510 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Aaron Baddeley (Aus)
1730 Harrison Frazar, Kim Kyung-tae (Kor)
1740 Martin Laird (Sco), Heath Slocum
1750 Zach Johnson, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa)
1800 Anders Hansen (Den), Ryan Moore
1810 Bo Van Pelt, Simon Dyson (Eng)
1820 Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Sean O'Hair
1830 Padraig Harrington (Irl), Justin Rose (Eng)
1840 Ian Poulter (Eng), KJ Choi (Kor)
1850 Lucas Glover, Paul Casey (Eng)

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