U.S. Open: Woods grouped with Thomas & Johnson

As Tiger Woods chases his first major championship in a decade at the 2018 U.S. Open, he won't be heading to a house or hotel at day's end to recuperate.

The flip side of the groups includes a Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy threesome that should be vast as well.

And Woods, 42, will have illustrious company in the first two rounds, with 2016 champion Johnson and reigning PGA champion Thomas serving as his playing partners in one of three blockbuster groups.

Brooks Koepka, an impressive four-shot victor at Erin Hills a year ago, will begin the defence of his title alongside two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and former world No 1 Jason Day. Ahead of the U.S. Open that starts next week in Shinnecock Hills, Tiger has docked the 155-foot "Privacy" in Montauk. He hasn't won a tournament yet, but he has made the cut in every event that he's played except for the Genesis Open back in February.

The 118th U.S. Open will tee off at 6:45 a.m. ET next Thursday.