Tiger Woods begins quest for 16th alongside Spieth and Rose


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Tiger Woods will begin his quest for a 16th major golf title grouped alongside fellow American Jordan Spieth and England’s Justin Rose at the US Open next week.

Woods completed an incredible comeback by clinching his long-awaited 15th major at the Masters in April – but was unable to repeat his feat at last month’s USPGA Championship, where he missed the cut.

The 43-year-old has missed the cut at the last two US Opens he has competed in (2018 and 2015), but is a three-time winner of the event with the 2008 edition being the former world number one’s last big win prior to his 11-year major drought.

And Woods, who is 13.00 to be the outright winner, does have a US Open win at 2019 venue Pebble Beach on his record.

Back in 2000, he won his first US Open by a record-setting 15 strokes over runners-up Ernie Els and Miguel Angel Jimenez at the iconic course in northern California.

World number one Brooks Koepka, who held on to win the USPGA at Bethpage Black last month, has been grouped with Italy’s reigning British Open champion Francesco Molinari and Norwegian amateur Viktor Hovland for the first two rounds.

The American will be bidding for a third successive win in the event and is available at 7.50 to keep his run going.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy will play alongside Jon Rahm and Marc Leishman until the cut is made before the weekend.

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