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Woods drawn with Cabrera, Stenson

Hoylake (England): Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods has been drawn to play alongside twice Major winner Angel Cabrera of Argentina and second-ranked Swede Henrik Stenson in the first round of the British Open, on Thursday.

The trio will tee-off at 9.04 am (local time) at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, the Royal and Ancient organisers said on Monday.

Woods, who is now down at No. 7 in the rankings, is making only his second competitive outing since undergoing back surgery in March.

The 38-year-old American, the game’s leading drawcard, missed the cut on his comeback in the Quicken Loans National event in Maryland at the end of last month.

Woods has won 14 Majors in his career and lifted the coveted Claret Jug when the British Open was last played at Hoylake in 2006.

World No. 1 Adam Scott launches his campaign on Thursday alongside last week’s Scottish Open winner Justin Rose and USPGA champion Jason Dufner. Title holder Phil Mickelson goes out with 2002 and 2012 winner Ernie Els and US Masters champion Bubba Watson.

Mickelson believes Englishman Rose, the world No. 3, has a good chance of repeating the American’s feat 12 months ago, when the popular left-hander followed up his Scottish Open victory by winning the third Major of the season.

“It’s an advantage to play the Scottish Open on a links course ... get acclimatised to seeing the ball bounce, the fescue and thicker grasses on the greens and the long lag putts that we are going to have here,” he said.