Golf: Woods, Spieth, Rose grouped for first two rounds of US Open

Golfers (from left) Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, who have been grouped together for the first two rounds of the US Open. PHOTOS: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Tiger Woods has been grouped with two other former US Open champions, Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, for the first two rounds of next week's championship at Pebble Beach.

Americans Woods and Spieth and Englishman Rose will tee off at 2.09pm local time (5.09am Singapore time) in the first round next Thursday at the famous course on the California coast.

Woods has won three US Opens, including a record 15-stroke triumph at Pebble Beach in 2000.

Rose was the 2013 champion at Merion, while Spieth triumphed two years later at Chambers Bay.

Two groups ahead of Woods, Spieth and Rose, two-time defending US Open champion Brooks Koepka will play with Italian Francesco Molinari and amateur Viktor Hovland.

Norwegian Hovland won last year's US Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach.

Early-arriving fans next Thursday will have no shortage of choice for big names to watch.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy starts his quest to end his five-year Major drought at 7.51am local time, teeing off at the 10th hole with Spaniard Jon Rahm and Australian Marc Leishman.

Two groups later, Graeme McDowell, the 2010 US Open champion at Pebble Beach, will play with 2016 champion Dustin Johnson and six-time runner-up Phil Mickelson, who needs a victory to complete the career Grand Slam of all four different Majors.

Tee times are switched for the second round, so those who play early on Thursday go out late on Friday, and vice-versa.

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