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Last Updated: Monday, 16 July 2007, 11:13 GMT 12:13 UK
Woods paired with Lawrie and Rose
Tiger Woods practises at Carnoustie on Monday
Woods is aiming for a third straight Open title this year
Defending champion Tiger Woods has been grouped with former winner Paul Lawrie and Justin Rose for the first two rounds of The Open at Carnoustie.

Scot Lawrie, who won the last time the Open was held at Carnoustie in 1999 but has since slumped to 282 in the world, is the last European to win a major.

Rose, who was fourth as a 17-year-old amateur in 1998, is one of the leading English hopes this year.

The trio will tee off at 0909 BST on Thursday and 1420 BST on Friday.

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World number one Woods is looking for his third consecutive Open title.

Colin Montgomerie, who has never won a major and is bound to attract a large gallery, is in a group with Japan's Toshi Izawa and American Stewart Cink.

Britain's top-ranked player Luke Donald, who was paired with Woods at Sandwich in 2003, tees off with Welsh amateur Llewellyn Matthews, who qualified last week, and American Charles Howell.

Other noteworthy groupings include Padraig Harrington, who will play alongside Scottish amateur Richie Ramsay and former US PGA champion David Toms.World number two Phil Mickelson partners Lee Westwood and Japan's Toru Taniguchi.

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Europe's top two finishers a the US Open, Swede Niclas Fasth and England's Nick Dougherty, partner world number three Jim Furyk, runner-up to Angel Cabrera at that event.

American Joe Durant will hit the first shot at 0630 BST and the last player to tee off on Thursday will be England's Benn Barham at 1621 BST.



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