Woods drawn with Stenson and Cabrera at Hoylake

Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:09am EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Former world number one Tiger Woods has been drawn to play alongside twice major winner Angel Cabrera of Argentina and second-ranked Swede Henrik Stenson in the first round of the British Open on Thursday.

The trio will tee-off at 0904 local time at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, the R&A (Royal and Ancient) organizers said on Monday.

Woods, who is now down at number seven in the rankings, is making only his second competitive outing since undergoing back surgery in March.

The 38-year-old American, the game's leading drawcard, missed the cut on his comeback in the Quicken Loans National event in Maryland at the end of last month.

Woods has won 14 majors in his career and lifted the coveted Claret Jug when the British Open was last played at Hoylake in 2006.

World number one Adam Scott launches his campaign at 1427 on Thursday alongside last week's Scottish Open winner Justin Rose and U.S. PGA champion Jason Dufner.

Title holder Phil Mickelson goes out at 1405 with 2002 and 2012 winner Ernie Els and U.S. Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Mickelson believes Englishman Rose, the world number three, has a good chance of repeating the American's feat 12 months ago when the popular left-hander followed up his Scottish Open victory by winning the third major of the season.   Continued...

 
Tiger Woods of the U.S. putts on the 12th green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Phil Noble