British Open Viewer's Guide: Tee times, player groups, TV info, purse money

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British Open Viewer's Guide: Tee times, player groups, TV info, purse money

2019 British Open

British Open Viewer's Guide: Tee times, player groups, TV info, purse money

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Tee times for the first two British Open rounds were announced Monday. The 148th Open Championship begins Thursday at Royal Portrush as the tournament returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951.

Among the featured groups in the final major of the year: 2014 Open champion Rory McIlroy will be paired with 2019 U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland and Paul Casey. They begin play at 5:09 a.m. ET on Thursday. McIlroy shot a 61 on the old Royal Portrush course when he was just 16.

Tiger Woods returns to play for the first time since his T-21 finish at Pebble Beach and the U.S. Open nearly a month ago. Woods will be part of a late-day grouping Thursday, joining the acerbic Patrick Reed and the combustible Matt Wallace going out at 10:10 a.m. ET Thursday.

A leaner, if not meaner, Phil Mickelson joins Ireland’s Shane Lowry and Branden Grace of South Africa in the bid to win Champion Golfer of the Year honors. Mickelson says he has lost 15 pounds in the last 10 days as part of a coffee-fueled fast. They’ll play at 2:52 a.m. ET Thursday and 7:53 a.m. ET Friday.

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World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who has won three major championships in the past 14 months, tries to win the final major of 2019 starting at 8:04 a.m. ET Thursday. He’s grouped with Louis Oosthuizen and Shubhankar Sharma.

For reference, Northern Ireland is five hours ahead of Eastern Time in the United States. So a 1 p.m. tee time at Royal Portrush means play begins at 8 a.m. on the East Coast.

Here are the Round 1 & 2 tee times and pairings for the British Open, including all 156 players in the field. All times listed are Eastern.

British Open Tee Times – Round 1

Thursday

Group & Tee Time (ET) Players
1 – 1:35 a.m. Darren Clarke, James Sugrue (a), Charley Hoffman
2 – 1:46 a.m. Emiliano Grillo, Sung Kang, Thomas Thurloway (a)
3 – 1:57 a.m. Andy Sullivan, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Alexander Levy
4 – 2:08 a.m. Chan Kim,  Zander Lombard, Brandon Wu (a)
5 – 2:19 a.m. Richard Sterne, Romain Langasque, Matthias Schmid (a)
6 – 2:30 a.m. Padraig Harrington, Matthew Fitzpatrick Andrew Putnam
7 – 2:41 a.m. Bubba Watson, Eddie Pepperell, Rafa Cabrera-Bello
8 – 2:52 a.m. Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Branden Grace
9 – 3:03 a.m. Alex Noren, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Sam Locke
10 – 3:14 a.m. Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, C.T. Pan
11 – 3:25 a.m. Ryan Palmer, Andrea Pavan, Dylan Frittelli
12 – 3:36 a.m. Kyle Stanley, Robert MacIntyre, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston
13 – 3:47 a.m. Mikko Korhonen, Oliver Wilson, Curtis Knipes (a)
14 – 4:03 a.m. Ian Poulter, Sungjae Im, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
15 – 4:14 a.m. Henrik Stenson, Xander Schauffele, Graeme McDowell
16 – 4:25 a.m. Haotong Li, Russell Knox, Bernd Weisberger
17 – 4:36 p.m Jason Kokrak, Connor Syme, Austin Connelly
18 – 4:47 p.m Zach Johnson, David Duval, Corey Conners
19 – 4:58 a.m. Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott
20 – 5:09 a.m. Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Paul Casey
21 – 5:20 a.m. Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama
22 – 5:31 a.m. Jim Furyk, Si-Woo Kim, Jimmy Walker
23 – 5:42 a.m. Luke Lista, Alexander Bjork, Paul Waring
24 – 5:53 a.m. Shugo Imahira, Nate Lashley, Benjamin Herbert
25 – 6:04 a.m. Mikumu Horikawa, Callum Shinkwin, Garrick Porteous
26 – 6:15 a.m. Prom Messawat, Matthew Baldwin, Jack Senior
27 – 6:36 a.m. Tom Lehman, Joaquin Niemann, Miguel Angel Jimenez
28 – 6:47 a.m. Byeong Hun An, Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood
29 – 6:58 a.m. Joel Dahmen, Adri Arnaus, Dimitrios Papadatos
30 – 7:09 a.m. Stewart Cink, Rory Sabbatini, Innchoon Hwang
31 – 7:20 a.m. Erik Van Rooyen, Kurt Kitayama, Jake McLeod
32 – 7:31 a.m. Ryan Fox, Shaun Norris, Dongkyu Jang
33 – 7:42 a.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Keith Mitchell, Thomas Pieters
34 – 7:53 a.m. Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen
35 – 8:04 a.m. Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Shubhankar Sharma
36 – 8:15 a.m. Billy Horschel, Jazz Janewattananond, Aaron Wise
37 – 8:26 a.m. Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Danny Willett
38 – 8:37 a.m. Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin, David Lipsky
39 – 8:48 a.m. Paul Lawrie, Chez Reavie, Justin Harding
40 – 9:04 a.m. Takumi Kanaya (a), Tom Lewis, Brandon Stone
41 – 9:15 a.m. Lucas Glover, Joost Luiten, Nino Bertasio
42 – 9:26 a.m. Ernie Els, J.B. Holmes, Abraham Ancer
43 – 9:37 a.m. Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, Brian Harman
44 – 9:48 a.m. Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Lucas Bjerregaard
45 – 9:59 a.m. Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley
46 – 10:10 a.m. Tiger Woods, Matt Wallace, Patrick Reed
47 – 10:21 a.m. Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar
48 – 10:32 a.m. Kevin Streelman, Doc Redman, Robert Rock
49 – 10:43 a.m. Adrian Otaegui, Yuta Ikeda, Isidro Benitez
50 – 10:54 a.m. Patton Kizzire, Sang Hyun Park, Yuki Inamori
51 – 11:05 a.m. Yoshinori Fujimoto, Doyeob Mun, Andrew Wilson
52 – 11:16 a.m. Gunn Charoenkul, Yosuke Asaji, Ashton Turner

 

British Open Tee Times – Round 2

Friday

Group & Tee Time (ET) Players
1 – 1:35 a.m. Tom Lehman, Joaquin Niemann, Miguel Angel Jimenez
2 – 1:46 a.m. Byeong Hun An, Jorge Campillo, Chris Wood
3 – 1:57 a.m. Joel Dahmen, Adri Arnaus, Dimitrios Papadatos
4 – 2:08 a.m. Stewart Cink, Rory Sabbatini, Innchoon Hwang
5 – 2:19 a.m. Erik Van Rooyen, Kurt Kitayama, Jake McLeod
6 – 2:30 a.m. Ryan Fox, Shaun Norris, Dongkyu Jang
7 – 2:41 a.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Keith Mitchell, Thomas Pieters
8 – 2:52 a.m. Justin Thomas, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen
9 – 3:03 a.m. Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Shubhankar Sharma
10 – 3:14 a.m. Billy Horschel, Jazz Janewattananond, Aaron Wise
11 – 3:25 a.m. Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman, Danny Willett
12 – 3:36 a.m. Cameron Smith, Adam Hadwin, David Lipsky
13 – 3:47 a.m. Paul Lawrie, Chez Reavie, Justin Harding
14 – 4:03 a.m. Takumi Kanaya (a), Tom Lewis, Brandon Stone
15 – 4:14 a.m. Lucas Glover, Joost Luiten, Nino Bertasio
16 – 4:25 a.m. Ernie Els, J.B. Holmes, Abraham Ancer
17 – 4:36 p.m Brandt Snedeker, Lee Westwood, Brian Harman
18 – 4:47 p.m Justin Rose, Tony Finau, Lucas Bjerregaard
19 – 4:58 a.m. Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Keegan Bradley
20 – 5:09 a.m. Tiger Woods, Matt Wallace, Patrick Reed
21 – 5:20 a.m. Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar
22 – 5:31 a.m. Kevin Streelman, Doc Redman, Robert Rock
23 – 5:42 a.m. Adrian Otaegui, Yuta Ikeda, Isidro Benitez
24 – 5:53 a.m. Patton Kizzire, Sang Hyun Park, Yuki Inamori
25 – 6:04 a.m. Yoshinori Fujimoto, Doyeob Mun, Andrew Wilson
26 – 6:15 a.m. Gunn Charoenkul, Yosuke Asaji, Ashton Tur
27 – 6:36 a.m. Darren Clarke, James Sugrue (a), Charley Hoffman
28 – 6:47 a.m. Emiliano Grillo, Sung Kang, Thomas Thurloway (a)
29 – 6:58 a.m. Andy Sullivan, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Alexander Levy
30 – 7:09 a.m. Chan Kim,  Zander Lombard, Brandon Wu (a)
31 – 7:20 a.m. Richard Sterne, Romain Langasque, Matthias Schmid (a)
32 – 7:31 a.m. Padraig Harrington, Matthew Fitzpatrick Andrew Putnam
33 – 7:42 a.m. Bubba Watson, Eddie Pepperell, Rafa Cabrera-Bello
34 – 7:53 a.m. Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Branden Grace
35 – 8:04 a.m. Alex Noren, Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Sam Locke
36 – 8:15 a.m. Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, C.T. Pan
37 – 8:26 a.m. Ryan Palmer, Andrea Pavan, Dylan Frittelli
38 – 8:37 a.m. Kyle Stanley, Robert MacIntyre, Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston
39 – 8:48 a.m. Mikko Korhonen, Oliver Wilson, Curtis Knipes (a)
40 – 9:04 a.m. Ian Poulter, Sungjae Im, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
41 – 9:15 a.m. Henrik Stenson, Xander Schauffele, Graeme McDowell
42 – 9:26 a.m. Haotong Li, Russell Knox, Bernd Weisberger
43 – 9:37 a.m. Jason Kokrak, Connor Syme, Austin Connelly
44 – 9:48 a.m. Zach Johnson, David Duval, Corey Conners
45 – 9:59 a.m. Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau, Adam Scott
46 – 10:10 a.m. Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Paul Casey
47 – 10:21 a.m. Rickie Fowler, Kevin Kisner, Hideki Matsuyama
48 – 10:32 a.m. Jim Furyk, Si-Woo Kim, Jimmy Walker
49 – 10:43 a.m. Luke Lista, Alexander Bjork, Paul Waring
50 – 10:54 a.m. Shugo Imahira, Nate Lashley, Benjamin Herbert
51 – 11:05 a.m. Mikumu Horikawa, Callum Shinkwin, Garrick Porteous
52 – 11:16 a.m. Prom Messawat, Matthew Baldwin, Jack Senior

 

2019 British Open Round 1 & 2 TV Info

(All Times Eastern)

Thursday, July 18

Golf Channel
Midnight-1:30 a.m.: Midnight Drive
1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.:  The Open – First Round
4-5 p.m.: Golf Central Live
NBC Sports Network
11-11:30 p.m.: The Men in Blazers

Friday, July 19

Golf Channel
1:30 a.m.-4 p.m.:  The Open – Second Round
4-5 p.m.: Golf Central Live
NBC Sports Network
11-11:30 p.m.: The Men in Blazers

The winner of the 2019 British Open will receive The Claret Jug, along with $1.935 million in prize money. (Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

British Open purse, prize money

The British Open purse has been raised to $10.75 million this year – up from $10.5 million in 2018. The winner earns $1.935 million, which represents 18% of the total purse. The U.S. Open has the largest purse at $12.5 million, while the Masters and PGA Championship both amount to $11 million.

Royal Portrush sports healthy rough to make things challenging. (Golfweek)

British Open – A look at Royal Portrush

The revised Royal Portrush Dunluce links course will play at par-71 and 7,344 yards this week.

Founded in 1888,  Portrush Golf Club is the only club outside of England and Scotland to ever host The Open. Max Faulkner won the Claret Jug the last time the Open was contested there in 1951.

A redesign and lengthening of the Dunluce links course began in 2015. Martin Ebert, of golf course architecture firm Mackenzie & Ebert, led the redesign and is largely responsible for adding two new holes – the 592-yard, par-5 seventh hole and 434-yard, par-4 eighth.

The original finishing holes – Nos. 17 and 18 – were eliminated because of concerns that they comprised poor way to possibly determine the Champion Golfer of the Year. Ebert used the nearby Valley Course as a pallet, running the two new holes into the sand dunes after the par-3 sixth. The space formerly occupied by those holes on Dunluce will be used for Open-related facilities.

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