PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — Local favorite and 2011 British Open champion Darren Clarke will strike a initial shot of a 148 th personification of a oldest championship in golf Thursday during Royal Portrush.
Three-time Claret Jug leader Tiger Woods will strike his initial shot some-more than 8 hours after Clarke kicks off a proceedings.
Woods, a hero in a Open in 2000, 2005 and 2006, is off during 10:10 a.m. ET (3:10 p.m. internal time) and personification alongside Patrick Reed and Matthew Wallace. Woods, who played an 18-hole use spin with Reed on Sunday, played another 18 holes Monday with Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler.
Thursday will move Woods’ initial shot in foe given finishing in a tie for 21 st in a U.S. Open during Pebble Beach some-more than a month ago. It’s a second time this year Woods will go from one vital to a subsequent but a prep tournament. After winning a Masters – his fifth immature coupler and 15 th vital – Woods didn’t play for some-more than a month and missed a cut in a PGA Championship.
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“The breaks are always good for my golf,” Woods pronounced Sunday. “I told we guys final year that we wasn’t going to play as most this year, and it’s going to spin out that way.”
Woods pronounced he doesn’t fear doing too most too shortly after not personification for some-more than a month. He had a bit some-more bound in his step on Monday underneath splendid skies and played during a brisker pace.
“I do a same thing,” he said. “I start from a immature back. we putt, chip, pitch, brief irons, mid-irons, prolonged irons, woods. And afterwards eventually play. Nothing has changed. The usually disproportion is that there are certain days we can do a small some-more than others.”
Clarke, who changed to Portrush when he was in his 20s, has spent some-more than a week display off a city and a march that will play horde to a Open for a initial time given 1951. He has played use rounds with a likes of Wallace, Adam Scott and Justin Rose.
Clarke hits a initial shot during 1:35 a.m. ET.
Defending champion Francesco Molinari is personification during 4:58 a.m. ET alongside Scott and Bryson DeChambeau. Following that organisation during 5:09 a.m. ET is another internal favorite, Rory McIlroy, who set a march record of 61 when he was 16. McIlroy will be assimilated by reigning U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland and Paul Casey.
At 5:20 a.m. ET, Fowler is out with Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama.
World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, who has won 3 of a final 6 majors and finished second in dual others, is out with 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Shubhankar Sharma during 8:04 a.m. ET.
Johnson, a universe No. 2, is personification with Jason Day and Keegan Bradley during 9:59 a.m. ET.
The final organisation – Gunn Charoenkul, Yosuke Asaji and Ashton Turner – is off during 11:16 a.m. ET, scarcely 10 hours after a initial organisation starts.