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British Open tee times, pairings: Rounds 1-2 at Royal Troon

Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, pictured together at the 2015 BMW Championship, will both play alongside Danny Willett for Rounds 1-2 of the 2016 British Open.
Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, pictured together at the 2015 BMW Championship, will both play alongside Danny Willett for Rounds 1-2 of the 2016 British Open. (Getty Images)

TROON, Scotland — You can soak in the flavor of the British Open pairings for Thursday a number of ways, but here’s just one: By the time the first game is completed (roughly 11 a.m.), the last game will be five hours from its start (4:16 p.m.)

It is a span of 9 hours, 41 minutes between starting times, which can only be accomplished if you have sufficient daylight. That, of course, is no problem here in Scotland in mid-July. Warm and dry, they don’t do. Long and light, they do quite well.

When the pairings for the 145th British Open were announced, the very first line jumped out at you. Given the honor of delivering the opening tee shot at 6:35 was Colin Montgomerie, he of the strong ties to Royal Troon. His father was the longtime secretary of the club and Montgomerie started playing as a member when he was 18.

Twice, Montgomerie competed in British Opens here — a T-24 in 1997 and a T-25 in 2004. Of course, Montgomerie is heralded for a brilliant career that never garnered a major championship, his record in 21 British Opens including just two top 10s — second in 2005 and T-8 in 1994.

Montgomerie’s lead-off position is just one of several notable highlights to Thursday’s first-round pairings. To whit (with times based on EDT):

  • Jordan Spieth draws Justin Rose and Shane Lowry at 4:03 a.m.
  • World No. 1 Jason Day will be alongside Rickie Fowler and Masters champ Danny Willett at 4:25 a.m.
  • The very next pairing will feature Rory McIlroy with Hideki Matsuyama and Bubba Watson.
  • The three former winners of British Opens at Troon (Todd Hamilton, 2004; Justin Leonard, 1997; Mark Calcavecchia, 1989) are off at 7:31 a.m.
  • Those who finished second (Ernie Els), third (Phil Mickelson) and fourth (Lee Westwood) to Hamilton 12 years ago will be paired together at 8:26 a.m.
  • Later pairings will include the game’s hottest player, Dustin Johnson, with Martin Kaymer and Russell Knox at 9:04, followed by defending champion Zach Johnson with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson.

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Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the 2016 British Open at Royal Troon in Troon, Scotland:

Note: all times local; Scotland is five hours ahead of Eastern time zone; all players tee off on No. 1; a-amateur

Thursday

  • 6:35: Colin Montgomerie, Marc Leishman, Luke Donald
  • 6:46: Steven Alker, Marcus Fraser, Sanghee Lee
  • 6:57: Jeunghun Wang, Jon Rahm, Ryan Palmer
  • 7:08: Sandy Lyle, a-Scott Gregory, David Duval
  • 7:19: Richie Ramsay, Danny Lee, Harris English
  • 7:30: Alex Noren, Steven Bowditch, Kevin Chappell
  • 7:41: Darren Clarke, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jim Furyk
  • 7:52: Justin Thomas, David Lingmerth, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
  • 8:03: Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Byeong Hun An
  • 8:14: Paul Lawrie, Brandt Snedeker, Thongchai Jaidee
  • 8:25: Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Jamie Donaldson
  • 8:36: Scott Piercy, Paul Dunne, Jamie Lovemark
  • 8:47: Victor Dubuisson, Jimmy Walker, Scott Hend
  • 9:03: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry
  • 9:14: Ross Fisher, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh
  • 9:25: Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
  • 9:36: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson
  • 9:47: Gary Woodland, James Morrison, Soomin Lee
  • 9:58: Smylie Kaufman, Chris Kirk, George Coetzee
  • 10:09: Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Hideto Tanihara
  • 10:20: Matteo Manassero, Shugo Imahira, Russell Henley
  • 10:31: Kodai Ichihara, Robert Rock, William McGirt
  • 10:42: Brendan Steele, Richard Sterne, Matt Jones
  • 10:53: Patton Kizzire, Nicolas Colsaerts, Rod Pampling
  • 11:04: Dave Coupland, Nathan Holman, Phachara Khongwatmai
  • 11:15: Scott Fernandez, Rikard Karlberg, Haydn Porteous
  • 11:36: Greg Chalmers, Kristoffer Broberg, Clement Sordet
  • 11:47: David Howell, Seung Yul Noh, Tony Finau
  • 11:58: Jordan Niebrugge, Nick Cullen, Robert Streb
  • 12:09: Ben Curtis, a-Stefano Mazzoli, John Daly
  • 12:20: Francesco Molinari, Kevin Kisner, K.T. Kim
  • 12:31: Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Mark Calcavecchia
  • 12:42: Soren Kjeldsen, Lasse Jensen, Bill Haas
  • 12:53: Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Na
  • 1:04: Emiliano Grillo, Joost Luiten, Charley Hoffman
  • 1:15: Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Andrew Johnston
  • 1:26: Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els
  • 1:37: Satoshi Kodaira, James Hahn, Andy Sullivan
  • 1:48: Ryan Moore, Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 2:04: Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Russell Knox
  • 2:15: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson
  • 2:26: Chris Wood, Yusaku Miyazato, Mark O’Meara
  • 2:37: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jason Dufner, Marc Warren
  • 2:48: Anirban Lahiri, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley
  • 2:59: Webb Simpson, Yuta Ikeda, Thomas Pieters
  • 3:10: Rafa Cabrera-Bello, J.B. Holmes, Brandon Stone
  • 3:21: Marco Dawson, Matthew Southgate, Yosuke Tsukada
  • 3:32: Jack Senior, James Heath, Brian Gay
  • 3:43: Jim Herman, Fabian Gomez, Anthony Wall
  • 3:54: Paul Howard, Daniel Summerhays, Colt Knost
  • 4:05: Oskar Arvidsson, Harold Varner III, Tyrrell Hatton
  • 4:16: Ryan Evans, Callum Shinkwin, Zander Lombard

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Friday

  • 6:35: Greg Chalmers, Kristoffer Broberg, Clement Sordet
  • 6:46: David Howell, Seung Yul Noh, Tony Finau
  • 6:57: Jordan Niebrugge, Nick Cullen, Robert Streb
  • 7:08: Ben Curtis, a-Stefano Mazzoli, John Daly
  • 7:19: Francesco Molinari, Kevin Kisner, K.T. Kim
  • 7:30: Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Mark Calcavecchia
  • 7:41: Soren Kjeldsen, Lasse Jensen, Bill Haas
  • 7:52: Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Na
  • 8:03: Emiliano Grillo, Joost Luiten, Charley Hoffman
  • 8:14: Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Andrew Johnston
  • 8:25: Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els
  • 8:36: Satoshi Kodaira, James Hahn, Andy Sullivan
  • 8:47: Ryan Moore, Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 9:03: Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Russell Knox
  • 9:14: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson
  • 9:25: Chris Wood, Yusaku Miyazato, Mark O’Meara
  • 9:36: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jason Dufner, Marc Warren
  • 9:47: Anirban Lahiri, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley
  • 9:58: Webb Simpson, Yuta Ikeda, Thomas Pieters
  • 10:09: Rafa Cabrera-Bello, J.B. Holmes, Brandon Stone
  • 10:20: Marco Dawson, Matthew Southgate, Yosuke Tsukada
  • 10:31: Jack Senior, James Heath, Brian Gay
  • 10:42: Jim Herman, Fabian Gomez, Anthony Wall
  • 10:53: Paul Howard, Daniel Summerhays, Colt Knost
  • 11:04: Oskar Arvidsson, Harold Varner III, Tyrrell Hatton
  • 11:15: Ryan Evans, Callum Shinkwin, Zander Lombard
  • 11:36: Colin Montgomerie, Marc Leishman, Luke Donald
  • 11:47: Steven Alker, Marcus Fraser, Sanghee Lee
  • 11:58: Jeunghun Wang, Jon Rahm, Ryan Palmer
  • 12:09: Sandy Lyle, a-Scott Gregory, David Duval
  • 12:20: Richie Ramsay, Danny Lee, Harris English
  • 12:31: Alex Noren, Steven Bowditch, Kevin Chappell
  • 12:42: Darren Clarke, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jim Furyk
  • 12:53: Justin Thomas, David Lingmerth, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
  • 1:04: Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Byeong Hun An
  • 1:15: Paul Lawrie, Brandt Snedeker, Thongchai Jaidee
  • 1:26: Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Jamie Donaldson
  • 1:37: Scott Piercy, Paul Dunne, Jamie Lovemark
  • 1:48: Victor Dubuisson, Jimmy Walker, Scott Hend
  • 2:04: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry
  • 2:15: Ross Fisher, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh
  • 2:26: Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
  • 2:37: Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson
  • 2:48: Gary Woodland, James Morrison, Soomin Lee
  • 2:59: Smylie Kaufman, Chris Kirk, George Coetzee
  • 3:10: Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Hideto Tanihara
  • 3:21: Matteo Manassero, Shugo Imahira, Russell Henley
  • 3:32: Kodai Ichihara, Robert Rock, William McGirt
  • 3:43: Brendan Steele, Richard Sterne, Matt Jones
  • 3:54: Patton Kizzire, Nicolas Colsaerts, Rod Pampling
  • 4:05: Dave Coupland, Nathan Holman, Phachara Khongwatmai
  • 4:16: Scott Fernandez, Rikard Karlberg, Haydn Porteous
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