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Tiger to play with Cabrera, Stenson

HOYLAKE, England -- It won't take long to get a sense of how Tiger Woods is performing in his first major championship of 2014 at Royal Liverpool.

The 14-time major winner will tee off at 9:04 a.m. local time (4:04 a.m. ET) on Thursday with Argentina's Angel Cabrera and Sweden's Henrik Stenson. The same group will tee off at 2:05 p.m. local time on Friday (9:05 a.m. ET).

Woods missed the Masters and U.S. Open because of back surgery and has played just two rounds this year since returning. He won the last Open played at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

Phil Mickelson will begin his Open defense at 2:05 p.m. (9:05 a.m. ET) along with two-time Open champion Ernie Els and reigning Masters winner Bubba Watson. They will take the 9:04 a.m. local time slot on Friday.

U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer is scheduled to go off at 1:38 p.m. along with Jason Day and Zach Johnson. Other notable groupings include Luke Donald, Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler at 8:31 a.m.; Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth at 9:26 a.m.; and Adam Scott, Justin Rose -- who has won his past two events -- and Jason Dufner at 2:27 p.m.

Unlike most PGA Tour events along with the U.S. Open and the PGA Championship, the Open does not have a two-tee start because of no daylight concerns in England. The first tee time is at 6:25 a.m. local time, with the last not coming until 4:06 p.m.