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Tiger Woods to be paired with Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka at PGA Championship

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Tee times won't be announced until Friday, May 10, but we have our first known pairing for the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black.

PGA of America Chief Championships Officer Kerry Haigh revealed that this year's pairings will continue to honor the tradition of putting the current reigning major champions together for the first two rounds.

Following Tiger Woods' win at the Masters, he finds himself in this major champions grouping for the first time since 2008. He will join reigning PGA Championship and two-time U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka and reigning Open Champion Francesco Molinari.

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History tells us that his star-studded group should deliver plenty of exciting golf throughout the week.

Brooks Koepka is in the hunt to capture his second Wanamaker Trophy and would become the first golfer in history to hold concurrent back-to-back major championships. He also has six top-10 finishes over his past nine major championship appearances.

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Francesco Molinari also is coming in on a major hot streak. He will arrive with three consecutive top-10 finishes in majors — a win at The Open, T6 at the PGA Championship at Bellerive and a T5 finish at the Masters.  

Finally, Tiger Woods will look to keep his strong major performances at Bethpage Black going. In addition to the much talked about win at the 2002 U.S. Open, Tiger also finished T6 at the 2009 U.S. Open during a rough weather week in New York.

The 2019 PGA Championship tees off on Thursday, May 16.

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