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The Open 2010: Justin Rose to partner Tiger Woods

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Justin Rose
Rose has risen to 16th in the world rankings after two PGA Tour wins

England's Justin Rose has been drawn with world number one Tiger Woods for the first two rounds of the Open at St Andrews, which starts on Thursday.

Rose, 29, recently won twice on the PGA Tour and will tee off at 0909 BST with Woods and Colombian Camilo Villegas.

Reigning Open champion Stewart Cink will start alongside England's Ian Poulter and former champion Ernie Els.

And Masters champion Phil Mickelson plays with Scotland's Colin Montgomerie and South Africa's Retief Goosen.

Elsewhere in the draw Northern Ireland's reigning US Open champion, Graeme McDowell, will tee off with two former US Open champions in American Jim Furyk and Australian Geoff Ogilvy.

You've got to play the course and a St Andrews Open is the iconic thing. No-one is bigger than that this week

Rose on being paired with Woods

Rose has risen to 16th in the world rankings on the back of some impressive recent displays in the United States where he won the Memorial Tournament in June and this month's AT&T National.

It was only the second of those victories on 4 July that earned the Englishman his spot at St Andrews and he will now play his first major of the season after missing out on the Masters in April and the US Open in June.

Rose will also have to contend with the extra fanfare that will accompany Woods on his first appearance on British soil since revelations about his extra-marital affairs at the end of 2009.

"I was not surprised to be honest - I kind of called it actually," Rose said of being paired with Woods. "I'm looking forward to the week and I'm looking forward to that.

"I wasn't concerned one way or the other - you've got to play the course and a St Andrews Open is the iconic thing. No-one is bigger than that this week. It doesn't get any better.

"It's got the opportunity to be a distraction for sure, but I was always going to get a fairly busy group. I don't think it has ramped it up way different from what I was expecting."

Woods, 34, is searching for his third consecutive victory at the Old Course but the quest for his 15th major title has been hampered by fluctuating form since he took five months out of the game to repair his private life.

He was fourth in both the Masters and the US Open earlier this season, but after an appearance at a Pro-Am tournament in Ireland last week, decided to fly back home to his family in Florida rather than practice on links courses.

"I've not had a run like this for a long, long time, and he's not had the type of run he's had probably ever, but I still think he's the man to beat," added Rose.

"If he gets his confidence going there's a 'horses for courses' mentality and he will remember shots he has hit and how to play this course."

Should Mickelson, 40, win his first Open Championship he will topple Woods at the top of the world golf rankings. A top-four finish would also be good enough for the left-hander if Woods misses the cut for the second year running.

Teeing off behind Rose and Woods will be the star of the 2009 Open Championship Tom Watson, who came so close to winning his sixth title.

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Watson, 60, was beaten in a play-off by Cink at Turnberry last year and is sure to receive a fantastic welcome alongside Ireland's 2008 and 2007 Open champion Padraig Harrington and 18-year-old Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa.

Harrington, who also added the USPGA Championship in 2008, has been on a barren run in majors since then but the Irishman said it wasn't because he was trying hard enough.

"I want to go out and win more majors, and if anything I'm too pushy, too hard, and trying too hard, and it's all about getting the next one," he said.

"It's not about sitting back and doing your normal thing and relaxing a little bit and enjoying it. I definitely would be of the other camp of overdoing things.

"I haven't made it to the stage that I'm not excited about the game. There will be a few years left for me before that happens."

Of his draw with Watson and Ishikawa, Harrington, 38, added: "That's actually a lovely three-ball," he said. "I've got to say, I've got two ends of the spectrum to look at, certainly a lot to learn from Tom Watson and certainly a lot to watch with Ryo Ishikawa."

World number three Lee Westwood remains optimistic despite the fact that he is still recovering from rupturing a muscle in his calf.

"It's frustrating that it's the Open Championship," said the Englishman. "If I don't play well this week, I won't put it down to the injury.

"Obviously it doesn't help but I'm hitting the ball well and feel like I'm very comfortable on these greens. So, you know, I'm still hoping for a good week."

The last Briton to win the Open, Paul Lawrie, will kick things off bright and early on Thursday.

The 1999 winner at Carnoustie tees off at 0630 BST with France's Thomas Levet and American Steve Marino for company.


Tee-off times for Thursday and Friday (all times BST)

0630 & 1141 Thomas Levet (Fra), Paul Lawrie, Steve Marino (US)

0641 & 1152 Loren Roberts (US), Mathew Goggin (Aus), Marcel Siem (Ger)

0652 & 1203 Robert Rock, John Senden (Aus), Bill Haas (USA)

0703 & 1214 Jason Dufner (US), Simon Dyson, Soren Hansen (Den)

0714 & 1225 Todd Hamilton (US), Ryuichi Oda (Jpn), Alexander Noren (Swe)

0725 & 1236 Andrew Coltart, John Daly (US), Seung-yul Noh (Kor)

0736 & 1247 Sir Nick Faldo, Martin Laird, Soren Kjeldsen (Den)

0747 & 1258 David Duval (US), Ross McGowan, Trevor Immelman (Rsa)

0758 & 1309 Ryan Moore (US), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), Charl Schwartzel (RSA)

0809 & 1320 Robert Allenby (Aus), Nick Watney (USA), Oliver Wilson

0820 & 1331 Lucas Glover (US), Rory McIlroy, Tim Clark (RSA)

0831 & 1342 Thomas Bjorn (Den), Hunter Mahan (US), Shunsuke Sonoda (Jpn)

0842 & 1353 Ian Poulter, Ernie Els (RSA), Stewart Cink (US)

0858 & 1409 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Sean O'Hair (USA), Ross Fisher

0909 & 1420 Tiger Woods (US), Justin Rose, Camilo Villegas (Col)

0920 & 1431 Padraig Harrington, Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn), Tom Watson (US)

0931 & 1442 Jin Jeong (Kor), Henrik Stenson (Swe), Matt Kuchar (US)

0942 & 1453 Jason Day (Aus), Chris Wood, Kenny Perry (US)

0953 & 1504 Darren Clarke, Mike Weir (Can), Davis Love III (US)

1004 & 1515 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Swe), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), J.B. Holmes (US)

1015 & 1526 Mark O'Meara (US), Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Stephen Gallacher

1026 & 1537 Michael Sim (Aus), Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Gregory Havret (Fra)

1037 & 1548 Zane Scotland, Tom Pernice Jnr. (US), Jamie Abbott

1048 & 1559 Bo Van Pelt (US), Phillip Archer, Ewan Porter (Aus)

1059 & 1610 Cameron Percy (Aus), Tano Goya (Arg), Kyung-Tae Kim (Kor)

1110 & 1621 Steven Tiley, Mark F Haastrup (Den), Tom Whitehouse

1141 & 0630 Peter Senior (Aus), Mark Calcavecchia, Anders Hansen (Den)

1152 & 0641 Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Jeff Overton (US), Colm Moriarty

1203 & 0652 Ignacio Garrido (Spa), Hirofumi Miyase (Jpn), Shane Lowry

1214 & 0703 Kevin Na (US), Tom Lehman (US), Marc Leishman (Aus)

1225 & 0714 Sandy Lyle, Bradley Dredge, Koumei Oda (Jpn)

1236 & 0725 Vijay Singh (Fij), Simon Khan, Scott Verplank (USA)

1247 & 0736 Y.E. Yang (Kor), Luke Donald, Ricky Barnes (US)

1258 & 0747 Toru Taniguchi (Jpn), Robert Karlsson (Swe), Dustin Johnson (US)

1309 & 0758 Jerry Kelly (US), Alvaro Quiros (Spa), Katsumasa Miyamoto (Jpn)

1320 & 0809 Peter Hanson (Swe), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Ben Curtis (US)

1331 & 0820 Paul Casey, Angel Cabrera (Arg), Rickie Fowler (US)

1342 & 0831 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Lee Westwood, Adam Scott (Aus)

1353 & 0842 Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk (USA), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus)

1409 & 0858 Steve Stricker (US), Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn), Sergio Garcia (Spa)

1420 & 0909 Colin Montgomerie, Phil Mickelson (US), Retief Goosen (RSA)

1431 & 0920 Edoardo Molinari (Ita), Rhys Davies, Justin Leonard (US)

1442 & 0931 Zach Johnson (US), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Eric Chun (Kor)

1453 & 0942 K J Choi (Kor), Bubba Watson (US), Victor Dubuisson (Fra)

1504 & 0953 Ben Crane (US), Richard S Johnson (Swe), Thomas Aiken (Rsa)

1515 & 1004 Jason Bohn (US), Kurt Barnes (Aus), Laurie Canter

1526 & 1015 Jose Manuel Lara (Spa), Darren Fichardt (RSA), Heath Slocum (USA)

1537 & 1026 Paul Streeter, Brian Gay (US), Gareth Maybin

1548 & 1037 Paul Goydos (US), Tim Petrovic (US), Jean Hugo (Rsa)

1559 & 1048 Gary Clark, D.A. Points (US), Danny Chia (Mal)

1610 & 1059 Glen Day (US), Josh Cunliffe (RSA), Tyrrell Hatton

1621 & 1110 Jae-bum Park (Kor), George McNeill (US), Simon Edwards (US)



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see also
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Rose wins again on American soil
05 Jul 10 |  Golf
Rose roars back to win Memorial
06 Jun 10 |  Golf


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