British Open 2017 Tee Times, Pairings Announced for Rounds 1 and 2

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson will play alongside Rory McIlroy in the first two rounds of the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale, while reigning champion Henrik Stenson has been grouped with Jordan Spieth in another standout threeball.

His latest setback came as he was eliminated prematurely at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open on Friday. "We've got so many world-class players". Heading to Birkdale, it will be nearly three years since McIlroy last won a Major title, at 2014's PGA Championship, a year that also saw him hoist the Claret Jug at nearby Royal Liverpool. "I don't feel extra pressure from it".

"I think this week it's going to be an experience for me I'll never forget".

The Open has brought the best out of McIlroy in the past, most obviously the last time the event was held on Merseyside three years ago, when he won by two strokes at Royal Liverpool. He has yet to crack the top 20 in the four majors he has played in in his career. "I have a special feeling for Birkdale because I was named Most Valuable Player at the 1969 Ryder Cup there".

McIlroy's game has been hampered by rib and back problems this year.

"I've won a couple of times this year".

"I might have hit the odd shot but that was about as far as it goes". But at least I know when enough is. Then hopefully I'll be 100% for next year. Johnson finished ninth in this tournament a year ago and has three top-10 finishes in eight Open Championship appearances. "Tommy is a great ambassador for golf and his performances in recent months have really captured the imagination of local golf fans from Southport and across the whole country and beyond". But we'll see how it plays throughout the week.

"For me growing up Royal Birkdale wasn't a course that I would be playing on", said Fleetwood, who when asked to name some of his favourite public spots in the town as a youngster picked golf courses.

"We were always going to come and see how it was instead of pulling out early". As ever with the Open Championship, anything could happen.

A downbeat Henrik Stenson all-but dismissed his chances of retaining his Open title, despite a closing round of 68 in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. All players tee off the first hole.

The trio will take to the first tee just before 2.50pm on Thursday. "We certainly need to step that up quite a lot if we want to have anything to do with it next week". "Whether I do well or not, I'm going to have a lot of people rooting for me and that's going to be lovely".

"He seems like he's just aggressive all the time, he's got a huge amount of confidence in his own ability, so there's no reason why he shouldn't be at the top of the heap when you are looking for a potential Open champion". That is not to say none of those guys can turn things around.

While much was made of Garcia's many near misses at majors prior to his Masters triumph, the 37-year-old pointed out how consistent he had to be to put himself in contention on so many occasions.

"You can try (sneaking on), I wouldn't recommend it".

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