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
Rose Zhang claims title in play-off on professional debut
Win is first on LPGA Tour on pro debut since Beverly Hanson in 1951.
Viktor Hovland edges out Denny McCarthy in play-off to win Memorial Tournament
Rory McIlory had to settle for a tie for seventh.
Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin wins first DP World Tour title after fine finish
The 20-year-old finished two shots clear at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg.
Rory McIlroy soars to lead on third day of Ohio Memorial
The Northern Irishman finished tied with two other players on six under par.
David Law tames the Green Monster course to move into contention in Hamburg
The Scot fired an eagle and eight birdies in a seven-under-par 66, a nine-shot improvement on his opening 75.
Rory McIlroy bounces back to form in the Memorial Tournament
At four under par McIlroy was three shots off the early clubhouse lead.
Matt Wallace one stroke behind lead after first day of PGA Memorial in Ohio
Matt Wallace and Danny Willett are sitting second and equal-third respectively after the first day of the Memorial.
I don’t think LIV golfers should be on European Ryder Cup team – Rory McIlroy
American players remain eligible despite being banned or resigning from the PGA Tour in the wake of joining the Saudi-funded circuit.
Brendan Lawlor and Kim Moore excited for next week’s Scandinavian Mixed event
The pair won the men’s and women’s titles at the G4D Open at Woburn earlier this month.
Emiliano Grillo claims second PGA tour title in Texas
It was Emiliano Grillo’s first PGA Tour win in over seven years.