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Sunday 27 May 2018

Ireland's hopeful get an early call for action

Shane Lowry's group includes Kevin Streelman and Retief Goosen
Shane Lowry's group includes Kevin Streelman and Retief Goosen
Liam Kelly

Liam Kelly

Ireland's five competitors in the Open Championship at St Andrews get into the action early on Thursday.

Amateur Paul Dunne from Greystones golf club, starts in the second group of the day at 6.43 alongside former Open champion Todd Hamilton and James Hahn of the USA.

Shane Lowry tees off at 7.49 with Kevin Streelman (USA) and two-time US Open winner Retief Goosen of South Africa.

Graeme McDowell, the US Open champion of 2010, plays at 8.22 with Webb Simpson, who won the US Open in 2012, and amateur Oliver Schniederjans of the USA.

Darren Clarke, Open winner in 2011, is scheduled for 9.22 with Romain Langasque of France, another amateur, and Italy's Matteo Manassero.

Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington has Wenchong Liang of China and Scotland's Marc Warren as his playing partners at 12.39.

The huge galleries expected at St Andrews will be spoiled for choice.

Tom Watson, making his last Open appearance, starts at 8.33. Other notable stars are Tiger Woods (9.55), Phil Mickelson (2.34) and Rickie Fowler (2.45).

US Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth gets into action at 9.33 alongside Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama.

Johnson has no hang-ups about slotting in with Spieth, who won the US Open when Johnson three-putted the 72nd hole at Chambers Bay.

"Jordan is a good buddy of mine, so we have fun playing together. We've got a good group," said Johnson.

Irish Independent

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