Wednesday of a Major championship week, the calm before the storm. All the players will have their physical and mental preparation in the bag, three days of studying a true Open Championship course, in Royal Birkdale, has all come down to Thursday’s first tee shot. Tomorrow the Open begins.

The Open tee/Andrew Redington/Getty Images Sport

Here are all the times and pairings that you need to know to follow your favourite groups, and yes there are some stellar three-balls.

Two-time major champion Mark O’Meara will hit the opening tee shot of the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. The 60-year-old won his Open title at Birkdale in 1998 and has been given a 6.35am start time alongside Chris Wood and fellow American Ryan Moore.

Open tee times: Round 1

All times BST. Amateurs marked by (a). Those in bold are our must watch groups.

6.35am: M O’Meara, C Wood, R Moore

6.46am: P Khongwatmai, M McNealy (a), S Manley

6.57am: S Cink, S Lyle, J Wang

7.08am: P Broadhurst, T Jaidee, R Castro

7.19am: T Lehman, BH An, D Fichardt

7.30am: S Kjeldsen, B Horschel, D Willett

7.41am: M Fitzpatrick, S Stricker, E Grillo

7.52am: J Dufner, B Grace, B DeChambeau

8.03am: A Noren, R Knox, I Poulter

8.14am: D Duval, P Marksaeng, KT Kim

8.25am: Y Song, D Horsey, D Frittelli

8.36am: M Lorenzo-Vera, C Howell III, S Kapur

8.47am: R Henley, F Zanotti, P Uihlein

9.03am: A Levy, B Steele, W Simpson

9.14am: W Bryan, A Lahiri, A Plant (a)

9.25am: D Clarke, G Woodland, H Ellis (a)

9.36am: P Harrington, P Perez, T Pieters

9.47am: H Stenson, SW Kim, J Spieth

9.58am: L Oosthuizen, J Rose, J Thomas

10.09am: B Koepka, H Matsuyama, T Fleetwood

10.20am: JB Holmes, B Snedeker, S Lowry

10.31am: R Bland, S Norris, L Cianchetti (a)

10.42am: Y Chang, C Kim, M Foster

10.53am: SH Kang, T Finau, M Pavon

11.04am: A Bjork, J Dean, R Streb

11.15am: R Dinwiddie, J Suri, A Hodkinson

11.36am: A Johnston, A Hadwin, T Hamilton

11.47am: J Daly, A Bland, C Syme (a)

11.58am: W McGirt, T Tree, J Lovemark

12.09pm: M Griffin, A Connelly, M Southgate

12.20pm: C Smith, B Haas, C Shinkwin

12.31pm: M Hendry, B Harman, M Laird

12.42pm: E Els, R Fisher, B Wiesberger

12.53pm: T Hatton, M Kaymer, A Baddely

1.04pm: Z Johnson, J Day, S Garcia

1.15pm: A Sullivan, J Luiten, D Lipsky

1.26pm: R Fowler, A Scott, P Casey

1.37pm: M Kuchar, R Ramsay, R Fox

1.48pm: K Kisner, C Hoffman, D Drysdale

2.04pm: J Walker, H Tanihara, T Olesen

2.15pm: J Vegas, B Stone, S O’Hair

2.26pm: D Berger, P Larrazabal, Y Ikeda

2.37pm: P Lawrie, K Chappell, Y Miyazato

2.48pm: R McIlroy, D Johnson, C Schwartzel

2.59pm: J Rahm, P Reed, L Westwood

3.10pm: P Mickelson, F Molinari, M Leishman

3.21pm: S Hend, R Cabrera Bello, B Watson

3.32pm: P Waring, K Stanley, K Na

3.43pm: G Kim, X Schauffele, A Dodt

3.54pm: H Li, K Bulle, H McCullen

4.05pm: J Kruger, N McCarthy, A Hall

4.16pm: R McCarthy, L Canter, S Munoz

Open tee times: Round 2

6.35am: A Johnston, A Hadwin, T Hamilton

6.46am: J Daly, A Bland, C Syme (a)

6.57am: W McGirt, T Tree, J Lovemark

7.08am: M Griffin, A Connelly, M Southgate

7.19am: C Smith, B Haas, C Shinkwin

7.30am: M Hendry, B Harman, M Laird

7.41am: E Els, R Fisher, B Wiesberger

7.52am: T Hatton, M Kaymer, A Baddely

8.03am: Z Johnson, J Day, S Garcia

8.14am: A Sullivan, J Luiten, D Lipsky

8.25am: R Fowler, A Scott, P Casey

8.36am: M Kuchar, R Ramsay, R Fox

8.47am: K Kisner, C Hoffman, D Drysdale

9.03am: J Walker, H Tanihara, T Olesen

9.14am: J Vegas, B Stone, S O’Hair

9.25am: D Berger, P Larrazabal, Y Ikeda

9.36am: P Lawrie, K Chappell, Y Miyazato

9.47am: R McIlroy, D Johnson, C Schwartzel

9.58am: J Rahm, P Reed, L Westwood

10.09am: P Mickelson, F Molinari, M Leishman

10.20am: S Hend, R Cabrera Bello, B Watson

10.31am: P Waring, K Stanley, K Na

10.42am: G Kim, X Schauffele, A Dodt

10.53am: H Li, K Bulle, H McCullen

11.04am: J Kruger, N McCarthy, A Hall

11.15am: R McCarthy, L Canter, S Munoz

11.36am: M O’Meara, C Wood, R Moore

11.47am: P Khongwatmai, M McNealy (a), S Manley

11.58am: S Cink, S Lyle, J Wang

12.09pm: P Broadhurst, T Jaidee, R Castro

12.20pm: T Lehman, BH An, D Fichardt

12.31pm: S Kjeldsen, B Horschel, D Willett

12.42pm: M Fitzpatrick, S Stricker, E Grillo

12.53pm: J Dufner, B Grace, B DeChambeau

1.04pm: A Noren, R Knox, I Poulter

1.15pm: D Duval, P Marksaeng, KT Kim

1.26pm: Y Song, D Horsey, D Frittelli

1.37pm: M Lorenzo-Vera, C Howell III, S Kapur

1.48pm: R Henley, F Zanotti, P Uihlein

2.04pm: A Levy, B Steele, W Simpson

2.15pm: W Bryan, A Lahiri, A Plant (a)

2.26pm: D Clarke, G Woodland, H Ellis (a)

2.37pm: P Harrington, P Perez, T Pieters

2.48pm: H Stenson, SW Kim, J Spieth

2.59pm: L Oosthuizen, J Rose, J Thomas

3.10pm: B Koepka, H Matsuyama, T Fleetwood

3.21pm: JB Holmes, B Snedeker, S Lowry

3.32pm: R Bland, S Norris, L Cianchetti (a)

3.43pm: Y Chang, C Kim, M Foster

3.54pm: SH Kang, T Finau, M Pavon

4.05pm: A Bjork, J Dean, R Streb

4.16pm: R Dinwiddie, J Suri, A Hodkinson

 

TV Coverage:

Thursday 20 – Sky Sports (The Open) 4: Starts 6.30am

Friday 21 – Sky Sports (The Open) 4: Starts 6.30am

Saturday 22 – Sky Sports (The Open) 4: Starts 8am

Sunday 23 – Sky Sports (The Open) 4: Starts 8am

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