By Tony Jimenez
GULLANE, Scotland, July 15 (Reuters) - World number one Tiger Woods has been drawn to play alongside former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and South African Louis Oosthuizen in the first two rounds of this week's British Open at Muirfield.
The trio will tee-off at 1445 local time (1345 GMT) on Thursday and at 0944 on Friday.
Second-ranked Rory McIlroy has been grouped with American left-hander Phil Mickelson, last week's Scottish Open winner, and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama.
Woods, who will be making his first competitive appearance since last month's U.S. Open in Pennsylvania, played nine holes in practice on Sunday.
The 14-times major winner said he still needed medication and treatment on his injured left elbow.
He had been suffering with minor discomfort ahead of the U.S. Open at Merion where he aggravated the problem and was seen wincing and shaking his arm on several occasions.
"I started chipping and putting a little over a week ago and I'm full go for the British Open," the 37-year-old American said on his website (www.tigerwoods.com) on Saturday.
"I'm very confident my elbow strain won't be a problem and I will be able to hit all the shots I need to hit. ...more