Tiger, Phil paired at WGC-Cadillac « PGATOUR.com The Tour Report

DORAL, Fla. — Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, the highest-ranked American players in this week’s World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, will be in the same group for the first two rounds at the TPC Blue Monster at Doral.

Woods and Mickelson will join reigning U.S. Open champ Graeme McDowell in one of the featured groups this week. That threesome will tee off at 11:51 a.m. ET on Thursday off the 10th tee. On Friday, they’ll start the second round off the first tee at 12:54 p.m. ET. Golf Channel’s coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on both days.

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. (Click here for tee times)

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.

Kaymer replaced Westwood atop the rankings at the Accenture Match Play when he reached the championship final. Kaymer eventually lost to Donald, 3 and 2.

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. (click here for complete list).

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).

In another group that should generate excitement, two of the longest drivers on the PGA TOUR, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson, are paired with Ian Poulter