Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Tee times, pairings announced for 146th Open Championship

Tee times, pairings announced for 146th Open Championship

Sky Sports will have round-the-clock coverage from Royal Birkdale, with a dedicated channel for the 10 days around the third major of the year.

Australia's Ryan McCarthy, England's Laurie Canter and Colombia's Sebastian Munoz are in the final group at 4:16pm.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson will get his title defence under way at 9:47am in the same group as two-time major victor Jordan Spieth and South Korea's Si Woo Kim, who won the Players Championship at Sawgrass in May.

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Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Paul Casey will play together and Thursday's first group - out at 1:35 a.m. ET - is Mark O'Meara, the Open champion at Birkdale 19 years ago, Chris Wood and Ryan Moore.

Meanwhile, Padraig Harrington, the victor the last time the Open was held at Birkdale, tees off beside American Pat Perez and Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters at 9.36am.

Following Stenson's group will be former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, England's Justin Rose and American Justin Thomas.

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Ian Poulter features on a list of strong English contenders in the morning wave, with his 8.03am tee time coming between Matt Fitzpatrick (7.41am), former Masters champion Danny Willett (7.30am) and Andrew "Beef" Johnston (11.36am).

AFTER MISSING THE cut in his last two events, Rory McIlroy has been paired with world number one Dustin Johnson and South African Charl Schwartzel for the opening rounds of the Open Championship this week.

The draw for Thursday and Friday was announced Monday after Stenson had returned the Claret Jug in a ceremony on the first tee.

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The field for The Open is set at 156 players.

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