De Jonge draws Na at WGC

HARARE - Zimbabwean Brendon de Jonge has been drawn to play with Korean-American Kevin Na when the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational tees off today.

De Jonge and Na will tee off at 2:10pm at Firestone Country Club, as the former attempts to make an impression this time around after failing to make the cut at the Open Championship in Liverpool.

The Zimbabwean failed to play at the weekend on his British Open debut after finishing four-over par 148 after two rounds at Hoylake.

In the second round, the pair will go out in the course at 10:20 in the morning.

While de Jonge struggled in his last tournament, it was not the case with Na.

The 30-year-old, who was born in Seoul, South Korea, finished tied for 54th place after signing off a card of two-over 290.

With just 76 competitors in the field, the event is filled with its usual prominent pairings.

Playing his first event since winning the Open Championship, Rory McIlroy will play with Matt Kuchar, starting at 10:40am. McIlroy finished T-27 at this event last year.

“I’ve obviously had a bit of time to reflect after the (British) Open and everything, but just decided I wanted to move on and move forward,” world No 2 McIlroy told reporters at Firestone Country Club yesterday.

“There’s a lot of big tournaments left this year, a lot of golf left to play and a lot of things I still want to achieve. So I definitely wasn’t going to dwell on what I’d done at Hoylake (venue for the British Open).

“I want to move on and start by playing well again this week. I’ve never won a World Golf Championship. I’ve got three majors but never won one of these, so there’s a lot of stuff still to play for.”

Tiger Woods will begin his title defence at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational alongside a player who has had a pretty decent run of success lately. Woods and Martin Kaymer will tee off at 2:20 in the afternoon.

Woods will attempt to win his first title in exactly one year while Kaymer tries to build on momentum from victories at The Players Championship and US Open already this season.

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