Woods, Mickelson, Harrington grouped at PGA Golf Championship

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KENTUCKY – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson continue their long rivalry when they play in first rounds at PGA Golf Championship in Kentucky next week.

American’ Woods and Mickelson and Irishman Padraig Harrington, 2008 champion, tee off in the first round at 8.35 a.m. on Thursday at Valhalla in Kentucky.

They also lock horns at 1.45 p.m. on Friday.

The PGA could have given Tom Watson, next month’ U.. Ryder Cup team, a chance observe closely the stars, are in danger failing earn automatic spots.

Instead, Watson will play the first rounds with fellow American Steve Stricker and Spaniard Sergio Garcia. [eap_ad_1] Five-time major winner Mickelson is 10th in the American standings, while Woods, won the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla, is 69th.

Woods has been absent most this year while recovering from back surgery.

The nine U.. after the PGA Championship make the team automatically, while Watson will later select three others complete line-up.

The PGA has kept the tradition by grouping the winners of the first three major champions of the year – American Bubba Watson (Masters), Martin Kaymer (U.S. Open) and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy (British Open).

They will play at 1.45 p.m. on Thursday and 8.35 a.m. on Friday.

The world one, Adam Scott of Australia, will play with Englishman Lee Westwood and American Jordan Spieth at 8.15 a.m. and 1.25 p.m.

Also, Jason Dufner will start title defense in the company of two other former champions, fellow American Keegan Bradley and South Korean Yang Yong-eun at 1.55 p.m. and 8.45 a.m.

The PGA Championship is for every player ranked in the 100 in the world. (Reuters/NAN)