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Sunday 24 September 2017

Rory McIlroy paired with Oosthuizen and Bradley in first round of British Open

World number two Rory McIlroy will partner 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and 2011 U.S. PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley in the opening two rounds of this week's British Open.

The trio set off in Thursday’s first round at 1421.

Tiger Woods will play alongside Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, starting at 0942.

Woods is looking to end a four-year drought in major championships, having won the last of his 14 'big four' titles at the 2008 U.S. Open.

Among the other highlights of Monday's draw was the grouping of world number one Luke Donald with American left-hander Phil Mickelson and Australian Geoff Ogilvy at 1443.

Lee Westwood, the world number three, was drawn with crowd-pleasing US Masters champion Bubba Watson and Japan's Yoshinori Fujimoto.

Title holder Darren Clarke is to play alongside triple major champion Ernie Els and former U.S. Masters winner Zach Johnson.

The honour of striking the first blow of the 141st edition of the championship will fall to Britain's Barry Lane at 0619.

Tee-off times in the first round on Thursday

(Gbr & Irl unless stated)

(x) denotes amateurs

Starting at hole 1

0619 Barry Lane, James Driscoll (USA)

0630 Richard Finch, Garth Mulroy (Rsa)

0641 Matthew Baldwin, Adilson Da Silva (Bra), Tadahiro Takayama (Jpn)

0652 Rafael Echenique (Arg), John Huh (Kor), Kodai Ichihara (Jpn)

0703 Todd Hamilton (USA), Sandy Lyle, Mark Calcavecchia (USA)

0714 Alejandro Canizares (Spa), Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), Greg Chalmers (Aus)

0725 Chad Campbell (USA), John Daly (USA), Michael Hoey

0736 Justin Leonard (USA), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), Simon Khan

0747 David Duval (USA), Raphael Jacquelin (Fra), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa)

0758 Robert Rock, Stephen Ames (Can), Kyle Stanley (USA)

0809 Stewart Cink (USA), Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa), Johnson Wagner (USA)

0820 Jamie Donaldson, Bill Haas (USA), Y.E. Yang (Kor)

0831 Davis Love III (USA), Tim Clark (Rsa), Paul Lawrie

0842 Adam Scott (Aus), Matt Kuchar (USA), Alan Dunbar

0858 Nick Watney (USA), Vijay Singh (Fij), Ian Poulter

0909 Darren Clarke, Ernie Els (Rsa), Zach Johnson (USA)

0920 Lee Westwood, Yoshinori Fujimoto (Jpn), Bubba Watson (USA)

0931 Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson (USA), Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn)

0942 Tiger Woods (USA), Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia (Spa)

0953 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn), Tom Watson (USA)

1004 Aaron Baddeley (Aus), Thomas Bjorn (Den), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa)

1015 Jason Dufner (USA), Martin Laird, Kevin Na (USA)

1026 Daniel Chopra (Swe), James Morrison, Joost Luiten (Ned)

1037 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Troy Matteson (USA), Thomas Aiken (Rsa)

1048 Brad Kennedy (Aus), Mardan Mamat (Sin), Steven Tiley

1059 Warren Bennett, Aaron Townsend (Aus), Grant Veenstra (Rsa)

1110 Sam Walker, Dale Whitnell, Elliot Saltman

1131 Steven O'Hara, Bob Estes (USA), Brendan Jones (Aus)

1142 Juvic Pagunsan (Phi), Scott Pinckney (USA), Nick Cullen (Aus)

1153 Steven Alker (Aus), Lee Slattery, Russ Cochran (USA)

1204 Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Tom Lehman (USA), Greg Owen

1215 Marcel Siem (Ger), George Coetzee (Rsa), Chez Reavie (USA)

1226 Lucas Glover (USA), Marcus Fraser (Aus), Gregory Havret (Fra)

1237 Paul Broadhurst, Charles Howell III (USA), Richard Sterne (Rsa)

1248 Carl Pettersson (Swe), K.t. Kim (Kor), Gary Woodland (USA)

1259 Paul Casey, Ben Curtis (USA), Trevor Immelman (Rsa)

1310 Robert Karlsson (Swe), Mark Wilson (USA), Branden Grace (Rsa)

1321 Harris English (USA), Simon Dyson, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa)

1332 Angel Cabrera (Arg), K J Choi (Kor), Ross Fisher

1343 Sang-moon Bae (Kor), Jonathan Byrd (USA), Alvaro Quiros (Spa)

1359 Hunter Mahan (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), John Senden (Aus)

1410 Bo Van Pelt (USA), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Toshinori Muto (Jpn)

1421 Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), Rory McIlroy, Keegan Bradley (USA)

1432 Rickie Fowler (USA), Padraig Harrington, Manuel Trappel (Aut)

1443 Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson (USA), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus)

1454 Steve Stricker (USA), Toru Taniguchi (Jpn), Anders Hansen (Den)

1505 Peter Hanson (Swe), Retief Goosen (Rsa), Robert Allenby (Aus)

1516 Koumei Oda (Jpn), Jim Furyk (USA), Fredrik Jacobson (Swe)

1527 Marc Leishman (Aus), Brandt Snedeker (USA), Alexander Noren (Swe)

1538 Jbe Kruger (Rsa), Andres Romero (Arg), Richie Ramsay

1549 Ted Potter, Jr. (USA), Ian Keenan, Andrew Georgiou (Rsa)

1600 Troy Kelly (USA), Morten Orum Madsen (Den), Anirban Lahiri (Ind)

1611 Prayad Marksaeng (Tha), Justin Hicks (USA), Ashley Hall (Aus)

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