Home favourite Rory McIlroy will tee off with Paul Casey and Gary Woodland at the 148th Open Championship this week.
The Northern Irishamman returns to Royal Portrush, where he broke the course record with a 61 when he was just 16. Another Northern Irishman, Darren Clarke, will have the honour of being the first player to tee off bright and early on Thursday morning. He is joined by amateur James Surge and four time PGA Tour winner Charley Hoffman.
Other notable groups include Tiger Woods, who is paired with Ryder Cup teammate Patrick Reed and Matthew Wallace. Reigning Champion Golfer of the Year Francesco Molinari will set fourth down the first with Australian Adam Scott and resident physicist Bryson DeChamnbeau.
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Finally, world number one Brooks Koepka, who is yet to really shine on a links course, pairs with Indian star Shabhankar Sharma and 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.
Selected Thursday local tee times:
6.35am – Darren Clarke, James Sugrue (A), Charley Hoffman
7.30am – Padraig Harrington, Matt Fitzpatrick, Andrew Putnam
7.52am – Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Branden Grace
9.14am – Henrik Stenson, Xander Schauffele, Graeme McDowell
9.58am – Francesco Molinari, Adam Scott, Bryson DeChambeau
10.09am – Rory McIlroy, Paul Casey, Gary Woodland
10.20am – Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner
12.53pm – Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Thomas, Thorbjorn Olesen
1.04pm – Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Shubhankar Sharma
1.26pm – Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Danny Willett
2.48pm – Tony Finau, Lucas Bjerregaard, Justin Rose
2.59pm – Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley
3.10pm – Tiger Woods, Matthew Wallace, Patrick Reed
3.21pm – Jon Rahm, Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay
The English Open has been revived as part of the new schedule.
Close House Golf Club, near Newcastle, will host the British Masters on July 22.
The event was last staged in 2002.
The tournament at Close House, scheduled to start on July 30, is set to be the first European Tour event since the coronavirus crisis halted action.
The world number one believes it would be the ‘right call’ to push the event back to 2021.
The exhibition match, against Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady, raised 20 million dollars.
The Dutchman finished third and second in the first two weeks of the home-based competition.
NFL stars Tom Brady and Peyton Manning will also be involved.
The US President was among the viewers watching the TaylorMade Driving Relief.
The US President phoned in as McIlroy played in a Sunday fundraiser for coronavirus victims.