HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy will play the primary two rounds of the 151st Open Championship at Royal Liverpool Golf Membership with Masters champion Jon Rahm and former world No. 1 golfer Justin Rose.
McIlroy, who gained the third of his 4 main championship victories the final time The Open was performed at Royal Liverpool in 2014, will tee off at 9:59 a.m. ET Thursday within the late-early wave. The trio will begin at 4:58 a.m. in Friday’s second spherical.
McIlroy will try to finish a virtually nine-year drought with no main championship victory.
Defending Open Championship winner Cameron Smith is within the reverse early-late wave. He’ll tee off with U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark and Xander Schauffele at 4:58 a.m. ET Thursday and 9:59 a.m. ET Friday.
Different featured teams embody Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick and Jason Day (4:03 a.m. ET Thursday/9:04 a.m. ET Friday); Patrick Cantlay, PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka and Hideki Matsuyama (4:36 a.m. ET Thursday/9:37 a.m. ET Friday); Viktor Hovland, Tony Finau and Justin Thomas (9:48 a.m. ET Thursday/4:47 a.m. ET Friday); and Collin Morikawa, Max Homa and Tyrrell Hatton (10:10 a.m. ET Thursday/5:09 a.m. Friday).
With rain within the climate forecast for northwest England this week, getting on the precise facet of the draw may as soon as once more be a think about The Open. “[The rough] is spotty,” Morikawa stated. “Some locations are actually unhealthy. Some locations you will get a extremely good lie. Clearly, if it is moist, it modifications loads. There’s some spots on the market the place you may be chipping out sideways. but in addition a foot away the ball may be sitting up and also you would possibly be capable of go for the inexperienced. Issues bought to go your means.”