British Open tee times: Shane Lowry alongside Jon Rahm

Rory McIlroy will tee off late on the first day with Patrick Reed and Cameron Smith

Shane Lowry off on the first tee during a practice round ahead of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Getty Images

Shane Lowry off on the first tee during a practice round ahead of The 149th Open at Royal St George’s Golf Club. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Getty Images

 

Shane Lowry’s long wait to get the defence of his Open title under way will see him go out in the marquee group alongside golf’s newest major winner Jon Rahm and former champion Louis Oosthuizen at Royal St George’s on Thursday.

The Irishman won at Royal Portrush in 2019 but last year’s postponement due to Covid-19 restrictions mean Lowry will be in the 726th day of his reign as the holder of the Claret Jug when he tees off.

As befitting the defending champion, he will have for company world number two Rahm, who made his major breakthrough at last month’s US Open, and Oosthuizen — a winner in 2010 at St Andrews.

Pádraig Harrington will tee off at 12.42pm alongside Australia’s Brad Kennedy and England’s Sam Forgan while Darren Clarke – who lifted the claret jug at Royal St George’s in 2011 – gets underway at 8.25 with Bernd Wiesberger and amateur Joe Long.

The honour of hitting the first tee shot will go to the veteran Richard Bland, who became the oldest first-time winner of a European Tour event with victory at the Betfred British Masters on his 478th start.

He tees off at 6.35am with fellow Englishmen Andy Sullivan and Marcus Armitage, another maiden winner in June with his victory at the Porsche European Open.

“Truly an honour that I’ve been given the opening tee shot TheOpen something I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” Bland wrote on Twitter.

Four-time major champion Rory McIlroy, the 2014 winner, goes out at 3.21pm with American Ryder Cup rival Patrick Reed and Australian Cameron Smith.

Crowd favourite Phil Mickelson, the reigning US PGA champion and 2013 Claret Jug winner, is off just before at 2.48pm with fellow American Kevin Kisner and England’s Tyrell Hatton.

Jordan Spieth, who won the Open in 2017, is in the 9.25am group with big-hitting compatriot and last year’s US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and South Africa’s Branden Grace.

The last group out, at 4.16pm, includes debutant Nick Poppleton, the Rotherham golfer who came through qualifying at West Lancashire.

First round tee times for the 2021 British Open at Royal St George’s

All times Irish - Gbr and Irl unless stated - (x) denotes amateur – all off first tee

0635 R Bland, A Sullivan, M Armitage

0646 Chan Kim (USA), J Harding (Rsa), Haotong Li (Chn)

0657 M Lorenzo-Vera (Fra), G Fernandez-Castano (Esp), x-A Gallegos (Arg)

0708 A Noren (Swe), JC Ritchie (Rsa), R Mansell

0719 D Burmester (Rsa), D Willett, x-L Shepherd

0730 C Bezuidenhout (Rsa), S Horsfield, Min Woo Lee (Aus)

0741 V Hovland (Nor), R Palmer (USA), T Detry (Bel)

0752 P Casey, A Ancer (Mex), I Poulter

0803 B Koepka (USA), J Kokrak (USA), G Higgo (Rsa)

0814 D Berger (USA), J Niemann (Chl), J Dahmen (USA)

0825 D Clarke, B Wiesberger (Aut), x-J Long

0836 C Kirk (USA), M Kinhult (Swe), J Senior

0847 T Gooch (USA), CT Pan (Tpe), J Thomson

0903 E Els (Rsa), G Woodland (USA), x-C Hammer (USA)

0914 S Burns (USA, L Herbert (Aus), J Campillo (Esp)

0925 J Spieth (USA), B DeChambeau (USA), B Grace (Rsa)

0936 B Harman (USA), M Hughes (Can), D Frittelli (Rsa)

0947 V Perez (Fra), K Streelman (USA), G Migliozzi (Ita)

0958 S Lowry, J Rahm (Esp), L Oosthuizen (Rsa)

1009 S Cink (USA), L Westwood, M Kaymer (Ger)

1020 D Johnson (USA), W Zalatoris (USA), J Rose

1031 S Scheffler (USA), S Garcia (Esp), x-Yuxin Lin (Chn)

1042 H English (USA), E Van Rooyen (Rsa), C Reavie (USA)

1053 L Glover (USA), Byeong Hun An (Kor), B Snedeker (USA)

1104 C Tringale (USA), T Kanaya (Jpn), M Schneider (Ger)

1115 L Griffin (USA), R Hoshino (Jpn), C Worsdall

1136 A Rai, P Waring, D Croft

1147 D van Tonder (Rsa), J Janewattananond (Tha), x-C Bring (Den)

1158 H Varner III (USA), B Steele (USA), x-M Schmid (Ger)

1209 T Merritt (USA), A Long (USA), J Ahlers (Rsa)

1220 J Day (Aus), J Luiten (Ned), J Veerman (USA)

1231 J Catlin (USA), R Langasque (Fra), A Pike (Aus)

1242 P Harrington, B Kennedy (Aus), S Forgan

1253 T Finau (USA), B Horschel (USA), A Hadwin (Can)

1304 P Cantlay (USA, M Fitzpatrick, R Fox (Nzl)

1315 F Molinari (Ita), M Leishman (Aus), M Wallace

1326 C Morikawa (USA), C Conners (Can), S Munoz (Col)

1337 J Scrivener (Aus), K Mitchell (USA), x-S Bairstow

1348 C Hoffman (USA), E Grillo (Arg), B Hebert (Fra)

1404 K Bradley (USA), R T Lee (Can), R Cabrera Bello (Esp)

1415 C Ortiz (Mex), B Todd (USA), M Schwab (Aut)

1426 W Simpson (USA), R Henley (USA), S Norris (Rsa)

1437 M Jones (Aus), D Hillier (Nzl), M Siem (Ger)

1448 P Mickelson (USA), T Hatton, K Kisner (USA)

1459 X Schauffele (USA), R MacIntyre, R Fowler (USA)

1510 J Thomas (USA), T Fleetwood, A Scott (Aus)

1521 R McIlroy, P Reed (USA), C Smith (Aus)

1532 H Stenson (Swe), M Homa (USA), M Kuchar (USA)

1543 A Rozner (Fra), R Kinoshita (Jpn), B Hutchinson

1554 K Kitayama (USA), D Lawson (Aus), P Saksansin (Tha)

1605 Y Inamori (Jpn), J Walker (USA), R Celia (Col)

1616 R Karlberg (Swe), R Nagano (Jpn), N Poppleton

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