2012 Open Championship: Tee times and pairings
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Sergio Garcia should think seriously about his wardrobe on the opening day of the 141st Open Championship.
It's probably best not to wear yellow.
Garcia tees off at 4:42 a.m. EDT at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Club in the company of Tiger Woods and Justin Rose. The last time Garcia wore yellow while playing with Woods, the Spaniard seemed to turn the same color with fear.
The pair played together in the final two-ball at Royal Liverpool in 2006. In a bright yellow outfit that made him look like a canary, Garcia started two shots behind Woods and finished seven shots adrift in fifth place as Woods won his third Open Championship.
Needless to say, yellow isn’t Garcia’s lucky color. Maybe something a little more macho for the first round. Blue, perhaps?
The Woods-Garcia-Rose pairing is one of the most intriguing of the first two days, and likely to garner the lion’s share of attention. However, Royal Lytham galleries have some good trios to follow.
Defending champion Darren Clarke tees off alongside Ernie Els and Zach Johnson. That pairing once would have been seen as The Big Easy along with The Big Angry, with the diminutive Johnson acting as peacemaker, but Clarke’s temper has cooled quite a bit in recent years.
Lee Westwood is heavily favored to win his first major here at Royal Lytham. The Englishman is one of the best drivers in the game, and accuracy is a premium here this week, considering the deep rough off the fairways. Westwood goes alongside Masters winner Bubba Watson, who isn’t always as accurate. Japan’s Yoshinori Fujimoto completes that trio.
Feature groups on the other side of the draw include Rory McIlroy, Louis Oosthuizen and Keegan Bradley, respective winners of the U.S. Open, Open Championship and PGA Championship. Bradley will be hoping this game of links golf goes better than his last one with McIlroy. Three weeks ago, Bradley played the first two rounds with the Northern Irishman in the Irish Open at Royal Portrush and missed the cut.
Like Westwood, Luke Donald is looking to make his major breakthrough this week. He tees it up alongside four-time major winner Phil Mickelson and Geoff Ogilvy.
Spare a thought for the two amateurs in this year’s field. Alan Dunbar won the British Amateur last month at Royal Troon and gets a plum draw alongside Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar. Austria’s Manuel Trappel, meanwhile, takes his place in the field courtesy of winning last year’s European Amateur. He tees it up with Rickie Fowler and three-time major winner Padraig Harrington.
Will Dunbar and Trappel rise to the occasion, or be yellow with fear like Garcia was six years ago?
The pairings and tee times for the first two days:
|1:30 am||6:31 am||Barry Lane||James Driscoll||Garth Mulroy|
|1:41 am||6:42 am||Matthew Baldwin||Adilson Da Silva||Tadahiro Takayama|
|1:52 am||6:53 am||Rafael Echenique||Kodai Ichihara||John Huh|
|2:03 am||7:04 am||Sandy Lyle||Todd Hamilton||Mark Calcavecchia|
|2:14 am||7:15 am||Alejandro Canizares||Jeev Milkha Singh||Greg Chalmers|
|2:25 am||7:26 am||John Daly||Chad Campbell||Michael Hoey|
|2:36 am||7:37 am||Thongchai Jaidee||Justin Leonard||Simon Khan|
|2:47 am||7:48 am||David Duval||Raphael Jacquelin||Miguel Angel Jimenez|
|2:58 am||7:59 am||Stephen Ames||Robert Rock||Kyle Stanley|
|3:09 am||8:10 am||Stewart Cink||Rafael Cabrera-Bello||Johnson Wagner|
|3:20 am||8:21 am||Jamie Donaldson||Bill Haas||Y.E. Yang|
|3:31 am||8:32 am||Davis Love III||Tim Clark||Paul Lawrie|
|3:42 am||8:43 am||Adam Scott||a-Alan Dunbar||Matt Kuchar|
|3:58 am||8:59 am||Vijay Singh||Nick Watney||Ian Poulter|
|4:09 am||9:10 am||Darren Clarke||Ernie Els||Zach Johnson|
|4:20 am||9:21 am||Lee Westwood||Yoshinori Fujimoto||Bubba Watson|
|4:31 am||9:32 am||Dustin Johnson||Graeme McDowell||Hiroyuki Fujita|
|4:42 am||9:43 am||Tiger Woods||Justin Rose||Sergio Garcia|
|4:53 am||9:54 am||Ryo Ishikawa||Martin Kaymer||Tom Watson|
|5:04 am||10:05 am||Thomas Bjorn||Aaron Baddeley||Charl Schwartzel|
|5:15 am||10:16 am||Jason Dufner||Martin Laird||Kevin Na|
|5:26 am||10:27 am||James Morrison||Daniel Chopra||Joost Luiten|
|5:37 am||10:38 am||Thorbjorn Olesen||Troy Matteson||Thomas Aiken|
|5:48 am||10:49 am||Brad Kennedy||Mardan Mamat||Steven Tiley|
|5:59 am||11 am||Warren Bennett||Aaron Townsend||Grant Veenstra|
|6:10 am||11:11 am||Dale Whitnell||Sam Walker||Elliot Saltman|
|6:31 am||1:19 am||Bob Estes||Steven O'Hara||Brendan Jones|
|6:42 am||1:30 am||Juvic Pagunsan||Scott Pinckney||Nicholas Cullen|
|6:53 am||1:41 am||Steven Alker||Lee Slattery||Russ Cochran|
|7:04 am||1:52 am||Tom Lehman||Pablo Larrazabal||Greg Owen|
|7:15 am||2:03 am||Marcel Siem||George Coetzee||Chez Reavie|
|7:26 am||2:14 am||Marcus Fraser||Lucas Glover||Gregory Havret|
|7:37 am||2:25 am||Charles Howell III||Paul Broadhurst||Richard Sterne|
|7:48 am||2:36 am||Carl Pettersson||K.T. Kim||Gary Woodland|
|7:59 am||2:47 am||Ben Curtis||Paul Casey||Trevor Immelman|
|8:10 am||2:58 am||Richard Finch||Mark Wilson||Branden Grace|
|8:21 am||3:09 am||Harris English||Simon Dyson||Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano|
|8:32 am||3:20 am||Angel Cabrera||K.J. Choi||Ross Fisher|
|8:43 am||3:31 am||Jonathan Byrd||Sang-moon Bae||Alvaro Quiros|
|8:59 am||3:42 am||Nicolas Colsaerts||Hunter Mahan||John Senden|
|9:10 am||3:58 am||Bo Van Pelt||Francesco Molinari||Toshinori Muto|
|9:21 am||4:09 am||Rory McIlroy||Louis Oosthuizen||Keegan Bradley|
|9:32 am||4:20 am||Rickie Fowler||Padraig Harrington||a-Manuel Trappel|
|9:43 am||4:31 am||Luke Donald||Phil Mickelson||Geoff Ogilvy|
|9:54 am||4:42 am||Steve Stricker||Toru Taniguchi||Anders Hansen|
|10:05 am||4:53 am||Peter Hanson||Retief Goosen||Robert Allenby|
|10:16 am||5:04 am||Jim Furyk||Koumei Oda||Fredrik Jacobson|
|10:27 am||5:15 am||Marc Leishman||Brandt Snedeker||Alexander Noren|
|10:38 am||5:26 am||Andres Romero||Jbe Kruger||Richie Ramsay|
|10:49 am||5:37 am||Ted Potter Jr.||Ian Keenan||Andrew Georgiou|
|11 am||5:48 am||Troy Kelly||Morten Orum Madsen||Anirban Lahiri|
|11:11 am||5:59 am||Prayad Marksaeng||Justin Hicks||Ashley Hall|