US Open champ Fitzpatrick to play with Woods

Fitzpatrick and McIlroy make strong starts in Canada

Matt Fitzpatrick will tee off his Open campaign looking to win back-to-back majors at 14:59 on Thursday, alongside 15-time major winner Tiger Woods and US contender Max Homa (Fitzpatrick 23/20, Homa 7/4, Woods 11/4 – 1st Round 3 Ball).

The Sheffield-born star made history at Brookline last month when he became just the second Englishman to win the event since 1970 after overcoming Will Zalatoris by one stroke in Massachusetts.

Fitzpatrick (20/1 Outright) has been on a steady ascent for some time now and will fancy his chances for the 150th Open at St Andrews.

He will tee off alongside Woods who is still looking to return to his best form following a near life-threatening car accident suffered last year.

The 46-year-old withdrew from the PGA Championship in May earlier this year, having only finished 47th at the Masters at Augusta back in April.

Homa is the third player to tee off at 14;59 and he has had a good year on PGA Tour, after winning the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

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Elsewhere, tournament favourite Rory McIlroy will tee off at 09:58 alongside defending champion Collin Morikawa and Olympic gold medallist Xander Schauffele in a star-studded three-ball (McIlroy 11/8, Schauffele 17/10, Morikawa 9/4 – 1st Round 3 Ball).

Ulsterman McIlroy has been knocking on the door of another major success this year, eight years after his last, as he came second at the Masters, eighth in the PGA Championship, and tied for fifth at the US Open.

Morikawa has a sensational record in majors despite his young age, winning both the US PGA Championship at Harding Park in 2020 and the Open at Royal St Georges last year on his first attempt in both.

Schauffele is searching for a maiden major win but has three titles to his name this year, which includes victories in his last two – at the Travelers Championship before last week’s Scottish Open.

World number one Scottie Scheffler is seeking a second major of the year after winning the Masters and he tees off at 13:26 alongside Chile’s Joaquin Niemann and Englishman Tyrrell Hatton (Scheffler 5/4, Hatton 19/10, Niemann 11/5 – 1st Round 3 Ball).

US PGA champion Justin Thomas starts his campaign at 10:09 alongside 2019 Open winner Shane Lowry and Norway’s Viktor Hovland (Thomas 6/4, Lowry 8/5, Hovland 9/4 – 1st Round 3 Ball).

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Author: Lucas Carlson