June 24, 2014
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
- Tiger Woods will be paired with Jordan Spieth and Jason Day in the first two rounds. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
In his first PGA TOUR start in three months, Tiger Woods will play alongside two of the TOUR's hot young stars.
Woods, returning from microdiscetomy surgery in his lower back, is paired with 20-year-old Jordan Spieth and 26-year-old Jason Day for the first two rounds of this week's Quicken Loans National at Congressional.
The threesome will tee off at 8:12 a.m. ET in Thursday's first round. For complete tee times, click here.
Here's a look at the Featured Groups for this week:
Brendon Todd, Webb Simpson, Brandt Snedeker -- Todd could make a case for being the hottest American golfer on TOUR. He has a win, two other top-10s and a T-17 at the U.S. Open in his last four starts. (Rd. 1 - 8 a.m. ET; Rd. 2 - 1 p.m. ET)
Tiger Woods, Jason Day, Jordan Spieth -- The last time Spieth played with Tiger, he shot a 63 to Tiger's 71 in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open. (Rd. 1 - 8:12 a.m. ET: Rd. 2 - 1:12 p.m. ET)
Jason Dufner, Bill Haas, K.J. Choi -- It won't be the first time these three will be together this week. All three were scheduled to be among the contingent of Presidents Cup players and representatives visiting the White House on Tuesday. (Rd. 1 - 1 p.m. ET; Rd. 2- 8 a.m. ET)
Justin Rose, Keegan Bradley, Ernie Els -- Els has prior success at Congressional, having won the U.S. Open in 1997. Rose has prior success in this event, having won in 2010 when it was held at Aronimink. (Rd. 1 - 1:12 p.m. ET: Rd. 2 - 8:12 a.m. ET)
Other notable groupings
A trio of U.S. Open winners -- Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera and Retief Goosen -- will play together in the first two rounds ... Robert Garrigus, tied for fifth on TOUR in driving distance, is playing with Tim Wilkinson and Danny Lee, who each rank outside the top 130 ... Patrick Rodgers and Oliver Goss each made their pro debuts last week at the Travelers Championship and will now be grouped in the first two rounds with Wes Roach.