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Woods and Westwood paired at Open

The 138th Open, Turnberry
Date: 16-19 July
Coverage: Live TV coverage on BBC Two, Online and the Red Button, live on Radio 5 Live and text commentary online on all four days

Tiger Woods
Woods will play an Open Championship at Turnberry for the first time

World number one Tiger Woods will begin his Open Championship challenge alongside England's Lee Westwood when play gets under way on Thursday.

The American, in search of his fourth Open title and 15th major in all, tees off at 0909 BST with Westwood and top Japanese prospect Ryo Ishikawa.

Padraig Harrington, bidding to win a third Open running, tees off at 1420.

The Irishman will be partnered by former US Open winners Jim Furyk of America and Australian Geoff Ogilvy.

US Masters champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina has been grouped with British world number three Paul Casey and Japan's Ryuji Imada, teeing off at 1409.

Former European number one Westwood he was happy to be grouped with Woods and Ishikawa.

"You know Tiger is going to be there or thereabouts, so what better place to keep an eye on him," said the Worksop golfer.

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"I've always enjoyed playing with Tiger and I've always done well. It should be a great atmosphere and I think I'm experienced after 16 years (as a professional) to focus on my own game.

"And the Japanese as a race are very respectful, so I don't think there's a danger of (Ishikawa's fans) getting silly out there."

Westwood and Woods also played together at the 2004 Open at Troon, when the Briton went on to finish fourth and the American ended up ninth.

Other notable threesomes include 2002 champion Ernie Els, US Open winner Lucas Glover and Germany's in-form Martin Kaymer, while young guns Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and American Anthony Kim will play in the company of double US Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa.

Britain's Paul Broadhurst, a six-times winner on the European Tour, is scheduled to hit the first shot of the championship at 0630.

Turnberry, on the south-west coast of Scotland, is hosting the Open for the fourth time - but with the last time being 1994, it will be the first time Woods has played a championship there.

The American completed only his second practice round on the course on Monday, admitting afterwards: "It's a lot more difficult than people are letting on."



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