Good draw for Rory, Tiger

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the old and new World Nos 1, won’t be starting in the marque group this weekend.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, the old and new World Nos 1, won’t be starting in the marque group at the back of the field this weekend.

The leaders’ slot in Saturday’s third round of the season’s second World Golf Championship event, the Cadillac Championship, has been given to Friday night’s second round leader and runner-up, Bubba Watson and Justin Rose with first round leader Adam Scott to tee-off immediately in front of them with the inform Swede, Peter Hanson.

But perhaps more important for Woods and McIlroy is the fact that they have been paired in the third-round draw with men they will be comfortable with.

Woods will play alongside fellow American Steve Stricker, currently the USA’s highest ranked golfer and a man with whom Woods has had great success in the Ryder Cup, while McIlroy has been paired with Northern Irish compatriot and good friend Graeme McDowell, who, like he, is a US Open Champion, McDowell having won the title in 2010 and McDowell in 2011.

Luke Donald, who last week lost his World No 1 spot to McIlroy after a 40-week reign and who can get it back on Sunday if he wins here at Doral’s Blue Monster, will be in the seventh to last group teeing off on Saturday with rising US star Kyle Stanley but fellow Englishman Ian Poulter will be the very first man to tee off on Saturday. He is paired with Korean Sang-moon Bae.

The full third round draw is:
(USA unless stated, all times Local):

Starting at hole 1
0745 Ian Poulter (Eng), Sang-moon Bae (Kor)
0755 Branden Grace (Rsa), Tetsuji Hiratsuka (Jpn)
0805 Alexander Noren (Swe), Pablo Larrazabal (Spa)
0815 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe), Sergio Garcia (Spa)
0825 Darren Clarke (Nirl), Vijay Singh (Fij)
0835 Tadahiro Takayama (Jpn), Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa)
0845 Simon Dyson (Eng), Paul Casey (Eng)
0855 Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), K.t. Kim (Kor)
0905 Retief Goosen (Rsa), Chez Reavie
0915 Robert Rock (Eng), Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa)
0925 Rickie Fowler, Martin Laird (Sco)
0935 Brandt Snedeker, Bill Haas
0945 Garth Mulroy (Rsa), Ben Crane
0955 Nick Watney, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano (Spa)
1005 Marcus Fraser (Aus), Paul Lawrie (Sco)
1015 Lee Westwood (Eng), Aaron Baddeley (Aus)
1025 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), John Senden (Aus)
1035 Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson
1045 Alvaro Quiros (Spa), Robert Karlsson (Swe)
1055 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Dustin Johnson
1105 Jonathan Byrd, Jbe Kruger (Rsa)
1115 Graeme McDowell (Nirl), Rory McIlroy (Nirl)
1125 Anders Hansen (Den), David Toms
1135 K J Choi (Kor), Mark Wilson
1145 Greg Chalmers (Aus), Gary Woodland
1155 Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Webb Simpson
1205 Juvic Pagunsan (Phi), Jason Day (Aus)
1215 Matt Kuchar, Johnson Wagner
1225 Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods
1235 Y.E. Yang (Kor), Hennie Otto (Rsa)
1245 Kyle Stanley, Luke Donald (Eng)
1255 Zach Johnson, Bo Van Pelt
1305 Charles Howell III, Jason Dufner
1315 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Martin Kaymer (Ger)
1325 Thomas Bjorn (Den), Keegan Bradley
1335 Adam Scott (Aus), Peter Hanson (Swe)
1345 Bubba Watson, Justin Rose (Eng)