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The World Golf Championships kick off in a few hours at the Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio and there are some mouth-watering pairings.

World No1 Luke Donald pairs up with Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood will play with Graeme McDowell.

Westwood will be keen to get his hands back on the World No1 spot and McDowell will bekeen to simply show a bit of formafter a rough patch that saw him miss the cut at The Open at Royal St George's a few weeks ago.

Young guns Rickie Fowler and italian Matteo Manassero also go head-to head in the opening round and that is sure to be a colourful affair!

Much has been made of the Tiger Wood/Darren Clarke match-up and Clarke apparently said yesterday it was obvious why they had struck up a good friendship. He said jokingly that they had a similar build, similar colour and similar stature!

Tiger returns after a three-month lay-off and with his friend Byron Bell on the bag. He sacked Steve Williams in June.