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March 08, 2011

Tiger, Phil paired together for first and second round at Doral

Tiger_phil Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be paired together—along with U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell—in the first and second rounds of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at the Doral Resort in Miami on Thursday and Friday, according to PGATour.com.

The Woods-Mickelson-McDowell group will tee off at 11:51 a.m. EST on Thursday, and they will tee off at 12:54 p.m. EST on Friday. Golf Channel coverage of the tournament will begin at 2 p.m. and Golf.com will carry live updates of the match throughout the day.

According to the PGA Tour, the marquee first- and second-round groupings were determined by the Official World Golf Ranking order of the top 21 players.

Tee times for the first two rounds were released Tuesday, with the top 21 players in the Official World Golf Ranking grouped together in threesomes based on their positions in the rankings.

That means the top three players in the world — No. 1 Martin Kaymer, No. 2 Lee Westwood and No. 3 Luke Donald, who elevated to that spot thanks to his win two weeks ago at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship — are together for the first two days.

McDowell (No. 4), Woods (No. 5) and Mickelson (No. 6) followed in the World Rankings. For Woods and Mickelson, Thursday’s round will the 26th round in which they’ve been paired together at an official PGA TOUR event, and the first since the final round of last year’s BMW Championship.

Paul Casey, Rory McIlroy and Steve Stricker (Nos. 7, 8 and 9, respectively) are in another group, as are Matt Kuchar, reigning FedExCup champion Jim Furyk and Ernie Els (Nos. 10, 11 and 12, respectively).

The PGA Tour also has a cool list of the results when Woods and Mickelson play together. Mickelson has been winning the matchup lately, but Woods famously got the better of Mickelson when they were paired together with then-No. 3 Adam Scott in the first and second rounds of the 2008 U.S Open. Woods also played with Mickelson in the final pairing at the 2001 Masters, which Woods won after shooting a final-round 68 to Mickelson's 70.

(Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

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