Lee grouped with Lefty at Sheshan
Lee Westwood, in his first tournament as the World No 1, will tee off alongside Phil Mickelson at the WGC-HSBC champions.
Lee Westwood, in his first tournament as the World No 1, will tee off in this week’s WGC-HSBC champions alongside defending champion Phil Mickelson
The third member of this stellar group is YE Yang who became Asia’s first Major winner with his triumph at last year’s US PGA Championship.
Somewhat ironically, Mickelson, the reigning Masters champion, was, for much of the season, the man most pundits believed would replace embattled Tiger Woods at the top of the World Rankings list.
But his bid seemed to be jinxed.
He simply could never find his best form in any of the 12 tournaments that put him with range of Tiger’s throne and in one of the poorer spells of his career, has fallen back from World No 2 to No 4 behind Westwood, Woods and German young gun Martin Kaymer, the current US PGA Champion.
Woods, who has made it clear that he is hoping to spark a big career turn-around at Sheshan International in Shanghai this week, has been grouped with in-form Graeme McDowell, who on Sunday added the Andalucia Valderrama Masters to his US Open title, and Ernie Els, another major winner who is in form right now.
Westwood, in the meantime, won’t be able to relax and enjoy his new status at the top of the tree.
Woods, Mickelson and Kaymer are all in with a shot of ripping away his newly-earned ranking this weekend.
THE FULL FIRST ROUND DRAW
Note: Times listed are local
08:50 Jason Bohn, Richie Ramsay, Andrew Dodt
09:00 Bill Lunde, Darren Fichardt Thaworn Wiratchant
09:10 Pablo Martin, Marcus Fraser, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
09:20 Katsumasa Miyamoto, Michael Sim, Carl Pettersson
09:30 Simon Khan, Richard Green, Michio Matsumura
09:40 Stuart Appleby, Ryann Palmer, Matteo Manassero
09:50 Heath Slocum, Shigeki Maruyama, Anders Hansen
10:00 Fredrik Andersson Hed, Chao Li, Bill Haas
10:10 Alistair Presnell, Richard SJohnson, PariyaJunhasavasdikul
10:20 Atwal Arjun Hiratsuka Tetsuji Davies Rhys
10:30 Hao Yuan, Jaco Van Zyl, Shunsuke Sonoda
10:40 Grégory Bourdy, Danny Willett, Mamat Mardan
10:50 Brendan Jones, Wu Kang-Chun, David Horsey
08:45 Anthony Kim, Robert Allenby, Edoardo Molinari
08:55 Padraig Harrington, LouisOosthuizen, Yuta Ikeda
09:05 Rory Mcilroy, Retief Goosen, Liang Wen-Chong
09:15 Ian Poulter, Nick Watney, Ryo Ishikawa
09:25 Tiger Woods, Graeme Mcdowell, Ernie Els
09:35 Paulo Casey, Hunter Mahan, Martin Kaymer
09:45 YE Yang, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood
09:55 Henrik Stenson, Alvaro Quiros, Rickie Fowler
10:05 Noh Seung-Yul, Peter Hanson, Adam Scott
10:15 Charl Schwartze, Robert Karlsson, Hiroyuki Fujita
10:25 Ben Crane, Kim Kyung-Tae, Francesco Molinari
10:35 KJ Choi Ross Fisher, Camilo Villegas
10:45 Miguel Angel Jiménez Tim Clark, Luke Donald
Rory McIlroy flying high after opening round of US Open at Winged Foot
The Northern Irishman is two shots behind leader Justin Thomas, who shot a five-under-par 65 at Winged Foot.
A little more relaxation brings a little more action for Rory McIlroy at US Open
The Northern Irishman shot 67 on the opening day to sit two behind clubhouse leader Justin Thomas.
Prayers answered for Rory McIlroy as US Open hopeful makes speedy start
The Northern Irishman is two shots off the lead after an opening 67 at Winged Foot.
WATCH: Tiger, Rory, Rahm and DJ on what makes Winged Foot so difficult
Golf’s big buns give their thoughts on the tough test that lies ahead at the US Open.
WATCH: Social media star pays tribute to Mickelson with special US Open song
Take a listen to the most heartfelt and emotional song about Phil Mickelson ever created.
All eyes on USGA when the 120th US Open gets under way at Winged Foot
The fact that last year’s championship took place without controversy over the set up of the course was a welcome relief for the organisation.
Tiger Woods ranks Winged Foot as one of the most difficult courses ever
Tiger Woods is under no illusions as to the challenges facing the field when the US Open tees off at Winged Foot on Thursday.
On This Day in 2004: US power couple Phil and Tiger tamed by Europe at Ryder Cup
Woods and Mickelson were ranked second and fourth in the world respectively but Montgomerie and Harrington bested them.