Tiger Woods is grouped with world No. 1 Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson in next week’s U.S. Open.
The worst of Woods’ well-documented back problems appear to be behind him and he has a pair of top-10 finishes to his name in 2018, though he did finish well off the pace at the Masters in April.
He will hope to at least be in contention to end his wait for a 15th major title at Shinnecock Hills, 10 years on from his last success, his memorable playoff win against Rocco Mediate at the 2008 U.S. Open.
And Woods, 42, will have illustrious company in the first two rounds, with 2016 champion Johnson and reigning PGA champion Thomas serving as his playing partners in one of three blockbuster groups.
-time #USOpen champion @TigerWoods will be playing with No. 1 @JustinThomas34 and 2016 champion @DJohnsonPGA! Full tee times for Rounds 1 and 2!
— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 7, 2018
Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, winners in 2011 and ’15 respectively, will tee off alongside Phil Mickelson, looking to finally win the tournament after finishing runner-up on six occasions.
Those in attendance looking to track the progress of defending champion Brooks Koepka will get to see him play alongside two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and former world No. 1 and 2015 PGA winner Jason Day.
World No. 3 Justin Rose, victor at Merion in 2013, has been grouped with Louis Oosthuizen, winner of the British Open in 2010, and 2016 PGA champion Jimmy Walker.
Three Masters winners have been grouped together, with current champion Patrick Reed set to play alongside Charl Schwartzel and Zach Johnson.
The 118th U.S. Open will tee off at 6:45 a.m. ET next Thursday.