McIlroy, Thomas and Woods, who between them have won this event seven times since 1999, tee off at 8:23am on Thursday.
American club pro Michael Block will hit the first shot of the tournament at 6:50am, with European Tour members Eddie Pepperell and Ryan Fox alongside him.
Europe's Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn will be able to make an in-depth assessment of potential team member Rafa Cabrera Bello's form, with the Dane and Spaniard paired alongside America's James Hahn at 7:23am.
Ireland's Padraig Harrington is joined by two other former US PGA winners in Jimmy Walker and Vijay Singh at 7:56am, with Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat – the highest-placed Asian in the Official World Golf Ranking – joined by England's Andy Sullivan and American Bryson DeChambeau in the following group at 8:07am.
Ian Poulter, fresh from a top-ten finish at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, looks to continue his fine form alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Rickie Fowler at 7:39am, with Henrik Stenson, Danny Willett and Pat Perez following at 8:10am.
Recent Rolex Series winners Brandon Stone and Alex Noren tee off at 12:20pm and 12:42pm respectively, with England's Chris Wood and American Matt Kuchar joining the latter.
World Number One Dustin Johnson is joined by Bubba Watson and Adam Scott in the 12:53pm grouping, with Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood in the group behind at 1:04pm.
Following tradition, the year's three Major winners - Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Francesco Molinari – will go out together at 1:15pm.
Jon Rahm's bid for a first Major sees him join two players who know how to get the job done in Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose at 1:37pm, with Senior PGA Championship winner Paul Broadhurst playing with Ryan Vermeer and John Daly at 12:49pm.
In-form Dane Thorbjørn Olesen will partner South African Charl Schwartzel and American Patrick Cantlay in the 1:32pm group, starting on the tenth tee.