Woods has won 14 major championships, but has not had a victory since the 2008 US Open at Torrey Pines.

He also won the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach and the 2002 championship at Bethpage.

The 42-year-old has shown glimpses of his old brilliance this year after a successful spinal fusion last April, but he is still seeking his first tournament victory since 2013.

The Woods, Thomas, Johnson threesome will be the highest-profile grouping among the players who start late on Thursday and early on Friday.

On the other side of the draw, the group of Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Phil Mickelson will tee off in the morning wave on Thursday.

Mickelson and McIlroy will play alongside Jordan Spieth for the first two rounds of the 2018 US Open at Shinnecock Hills. PHOTO: Jeff Gross/Getty Images.

Mickelson needs to win the US Open to complete the career grand slam of all four modern majors. Spieth won the championship in 2015, McIlroy in 2011.

The Spieth, McIlroy, Mickelson threesome will be immediately preceded by a group of Masters champions, the current titleholder Patrick Reed and Zach Johnson and Charl Schwartzel.

Also out early, defending champion Brooks Koepka will be accompanied by two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and former World No.1 Jason Day.

Seven of the world's 10 top-ranked players are in the same half of the draw, with Justin Rose, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama also playing early Thursday/late Friday.

World No.4 Jon Rahm is the only top-10 player apart from Thomas and Johnson who will start late and then early.