Jul
16
2014
First round tee times for the 143rd Open Championship
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship

 

The groupings at The Open Championship are one-of-a-kind. Every player goes off the first tee from 6:25 a.m. to 4:06 p.m local time. The roughly ten hour time difference creates what Matt Kuchar calls “luck of the draw here or unluck of the draw.” Weather is a huge factor in links golf, and the players who adapt to the changing conditions will be on top of the leader board on Sunday.

All eyes will be on Tiger Woods as the golfing world waits for another epic comeback. He has fallen to 7th in the World Golf Rankings because of his back injury, but the 14-time major champ will rise to no.1 sooner or later.

Woods is paired with Henrik Stenson and Angel Cabrera at 9:04 a.m. local time, which is 4:04 a.m. ET. Stenson and Woods are two of the favorites this week, and Cabrera has seen his odds rise with a win at The Greenbrier a couple weeks ago. This grouping should be a an exciting show for the people of Hoylake.

Experience is always big in the majors, and The Open emphasizes experience the most. Tom Watson, Jim Furyk, and Darren Clarke tee off at 3:26 a.m. ET. It would be a miracle if Watson found the magic in his second to last Open, but he still hits the ball exceptionally well. Clarke won The Open in 2011, so he knows how to get it done. Furyk is one of my favorite picks for every major until he wins a second one. No one picks apart a course like Furyk, and he is on the verge of a Hall of Fame career.

Right behind the experience group is a whole lot of firepower in Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, and Luke Donald. It’s time for a first-time major winner this year, and chances are the first-timer will come from this group.

The young guys group is Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Hideki Matsuyama at 4:26 a.m. ET. The early risers will be treated to one heck of a start to The Open Championship. Each one of these players can set the pace tomorrow.

Matt Kuchar, Graeme McDowell, and Louis Oosthuizen tee off at 4:48 a.m. ET. Kuchar is poised for a major breakthrough.

Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, and Bubba Watson are headlining the afternoon wave at 2:05 p.m. local (9:05 a.m. ET). Phil and Ernie are proven Open Championship winners, and Watson is having an incredible year with wins at The Masters and the Northern Trust Open. If the weather is better in the afternoon, then watch out for this group.

My favorite to win is World no. 1 Adam Scott who goes off at 9:27 a.m. ET with Justin Rose and Jason Dufner.

My sleeper group is Kevin Streelman, Brendon Todd, and Brendon De Jonge at 7:32 a.m. ET. They aren’t underdogs, Todd won the Byron Nelson and Streelman won the Travelers, but they aren’t garnering media attention either.

–Bernie D’Amato

Tee times are courtesy of TheOpen.com (local times):

1) 06:25

HOWELL, David

DUVAL, David

KARLSSON, Robert

 

2) 06:36

VAN DER WALT, Dawie

TRINGALE, Cameron

KOBAYASHI, Masanori

 

3) 06:47

WOOD, Chris

JONES, Matt

WIESBERGER, Bernd

 

4) 06:58

COMPTON, Erik

KIM, Hyung-Sung

LEISHMAN, Marc

 

5) 07:09

ODA, Koumei

MARTIN, Ben

LAHIRI, Anirban

 

6) 07:20

APHIBARNRAT, Kiradech

KOEPKA, Brooks

MOLINARI, Edoardo

 

7) 07:31

GRACE, Branden

JACOBSON, Freddie

CHESTERS, Ashley (A)

 

8) 07:42

LEONARD, Justin

CURTIS, Ben

LAWRIE, Paul

 

9) 07:53

MOLINARI, Francesco

MOORE, Ryan

DEN OLESEN, Thorbjorn

 

10) 08:04

MANASSERO, Matteo

NEIL, Bradley (A)

ILONEN, Mikko

 

11) 08:15

BJORN, Thomas

REED, Patrick

CINK, Stewart

 

12) 08:26

WATSON, Tom

FURYK, Jim

CLARKE, Darren

 

13) 08:37

DONALD, Luke

FOWLER, Rickie

GARCIA, Sergio

 

14) 08:53

ENGLISH, Harris

CASEY, Paul

EVERY, Matt

 

15) 09:04

WOODS, Tiger

CABRERA, Angel

STENSON, Henrik

 

16) 09:15

SCHWARTZEL, Charl

HARRINGTON, Padraig

CHOI, KJ

 

17) 09:26

MCILROY, Rory

MATSUYAMA, Hideki

SPIETH, Jordan

 

18) 09:37

POULTER, Ian

JOHNSON, Dustin

WALKER, Jimmy

 

 

 

19) 09:48

MCDOWELL, Graeme

KUCHAR, Matt

OOSTHUIZEN, Louis

 

20) 09:59

GALLACHER, Stephen

MAHAN, Hunter

DUBUISSON, Victor

 

21) 10:10

FALDO, Sir Nick

HAMILTON, Todd

HEARN, David

 

22) 10:21

PALMER, Ryan

RUMFORD, Brett

KONDO, Tomohiro

 

23) 10:32

SINGLETON, John

UIHLEIN, Peter

WARREN, Marc

 

24) 10:43

MCKECHNIE, Paul

BROBERG, Kristoffer

PAGUNSAN, Juvic

 

25) 10:54

GIBSON, Rhein

HARMAN, Brian

KIM, Hyung-Tae

 

26) 11:05

HANSON, Chris

FLOREN, Oscar

TSUKADA, Yoshinobu

 

27)11:26

MCLEARY, Jamie

SOUTHGATE, Matthew

IWATA, Hiroshi

 

 

28) 11:37

CASTRO, Roberto

RIU, Victor

HATTON, Tyrrell

 

29) 11:48

JANG, Dong-Kyu

WATNEY, Nick

STEFANI, Shawn

 

30) 11:59

POINTS, D A

YANG, YE

STEELE, Brendan

 

31) 12:10

STALLINGS, Scott

LARRAZABAL, Pablo

MACPHERSON, Bryden

 

32) 12:21

COETZEE, George

HOFFMAN, Charley

HOEY, Michael

 

33) 12:32

STREELMAN, Kevin

DE JONGE, Brendon

TODD, Brendon

 

34) 12:43

WOODLAND, Gary

LYLE, Sandy

STADLER, Kevin

 

35) 12:54

SNEDEKER, Brandt

DELAET, Graham

PAN, Cheng-tsung (A)

 

36) 13:05

WEEKLEY, Boo

WILLETT, Danny

WU, Ashun

 

 

37) 13:16

HOLMES, JB

BLIXT, Jonas

KIRK, Chris

 

38) 13:27

JIMENEZ, Miguel Angel

HAAS, Bill

JAIDEE, Thongchai

 

39) 13:38

KAYMER, Martin

DAY, Jason

JOHNSON, Zach

 

40) 13:54

SIMPSON, Webb

DONALDSON, Jamie

MIYAZATO, Yusaku

 

41) 14:05

MICKELSON, Phil

ELS, Ernie

WATSON, Bubba

 

42) 14:16

FERNANDEZ-CASTANO, Gonzalo

HENLEY, Russell

HORSCHEL, Billy

 

43) 14:27

SCOTT, Adam

ROSE, Justin

DUFNER, Jason

 

44) 14:38

ISHIKAWA, Ryo

WESTWOOD, Lee

BRADLEY, Keegan

 

45) 14:49

NA, Kevin

LUITEN, Joost

SENDEN, John

 

 

46) 15:00

DALY, John

FLEETWOOD, Tommy

FISHER, Ross

 

47) 15:11

WIEBE, Mark

CABRERA-BELLO, Rafael

DUNNE, Paul (A)

 

48) 15:22

FISHER, Oliver

HADLEY, Chesson

LOWRY, Shane

 

49) 15:33

MCNEILL, George

STERNE, Richard

STROUD, Chris

 

50) 15:44

BOURDY, Gregory

JEONG, Jin

BALDWIN, Matthew

 

51) 15:55

WALTERS, Justin

ENOCH, Rhys

HURLEY III, Billy

 

52) 16:06

RODGERS, Chris

JAMIESON, Scott

AN, Byeong-Hun