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The British Open 2013: Pairings, Groups and Tee Times Announced for Day 1

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits a shot ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 15, 2013

The Open Championship is set to tee off on Thursday from Muirfield in Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, and all of the best players in the world will be vying for the Claret Jug. Those players also now know which golfers they will be paired with. 

Thursday's tee times and groups were announced on Monday, and there is certainly no shortage of interesting threesomes to keep track of once the tournament officially gets off and running.

Some of the most intriguing groups include three-time Open champion Tiger Woods playing with another former Open champion in Louis Oosthuizen, as well as Northern Irish fan favorite Graeme McDowell. The latter's countryman, Rory McIlroy, will play alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and Phil Mickelson, who is coming off a big Scottish Open victory.

Those are just a couple of groups that will be followed closely throughout the day. Here is the full listing of groups and tee times for Thursday's first round of the British Open, courtesy of TheOpen.com:

PlayersTee Time (ET)Tee Time (UK)
Peter Senior, Lloyd Saltman, Oliver Fisher1:32 a.m.6:32 a.m.
Robert Karlsson, Todd Hamilton, Ben Stow1:43 a.m.6:43 a.m.
Thomas Aiken, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Bud Cauley1:54 a.m.6:54 a.m.
Mikko Ilonen, Brooks Koepka, Ashun Wu2:05 a.m.7:05 a.m.
David Duval, Bernd Wiesberger, Chris Wood2:16 a.m.7:16 a.m.
Scott Stallings, Stewart Cink, Richard McEvoy2:27 a.m.7:27 a.m.
K.J. Choi, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jimmy Walker2:38 a.m.7:38 a.m.
Ben Curtis, Shane Lowry, Rafael Cabrera-Bello2:49 a.m.7:49 a.m.
Jonas Blixt, Brian Davis, Graham Delaet3 a.m.8 a.m.
Robert Garrigus, John Senden, Marc Warren3:11 a.m.8:11 a.m.
Martin Kaymer, Garrick Porteous, Jason Day3:22 a.m.8:22 a.m.
Carl Pettersson, Jason Dufner, David Lynn3:33 a.m.8:33 a.m.
Bubba Watson, Nicolas Colsaerts, Dustin Johnson3:44 a.m.8:44 a.m.
Nick Faldo, Tom Watson, Fred Couples4 a.m.9 a.m.
Justin Rose, Ernie Els, Brandt Snedeker4:11 a.m.9:11 a.m.
Ian Poulter, Keegan Bradley, Billy Horschel4:22 a.m.9:22 a.m.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Richard Sterne, Nick Watney4:33 a.m.9:33 a.m.
Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Phil Mickelson4:44 a.m.9:44 a.m.
Scott Piercy, Tim Clark, Kevin Streelman4:55 a.m.9:55 a.m.
Zach Johnson, Shingo Katayama, Thomas Bjorn5:06 a.m.10:06 a.m.
Angel Cabrera, Camilo Villegas, Tano Goya5:17 a.m.10:17 a.m.
George Coetzee, Ken Duke, Mark Calcavecchia5:28 a.m.10:28 a.m.
John Huh, Brendan Jones, Hyung-Sung Kim5:39 a.m.10:39 a.m.
Josh Teater, Steven Tiley, Jimmy Mullen5:50 a.m.10:50 a.m.
K.T. Kim, Steven Jeffress, Luke Guthrie6:01 a.m.11:01 a.m.
John Wade, Gareth Wright, Makoto Inoue6:12 a.m.11:12 a.m.
Danny Willett, Y.E. Yang, Johnson Wagner6:33 a.m.11:33 a.m.
Thaworn Wiratchant, Lucas Glover, Oscar Floren6:44 a.m.11:44 a.m.
Boo Weekley, Sandy Lyle, Niclas Fasth6:55 a.m.11:55 a.m.
Marcus Fraser, Grant Forrest, Mark O'Meara7:06 a.m.12:06 p.m.
Tom Lehman, Thongchai Jaidee, Fredrik Jacobson7:17 a.m.12:17 p.m.
Justin Leonard, Rhys Pugh, Marc Leishman7:28 a.m.12:28 p.m.
Alvaro Quiros, Kyle Stanley, Alexander Noren7:39 a.m.12:39 p.m.
Russell Henley, Jordan Spieth, Matthew Fitzpatrick7:50 a.m.12:50 p.m.
Padraig Harrington, Michael Thompson, Richie Ramsay8:01 a.m.1:01 p.m.
Vijay Singh, Darren Clarke, Martin Laird8:12 a.m.1:12 p.m.
Ryan Moore, Henrik Stenson, Steven Fox8:23 a.m.1:23 p.m.
Thorbjorn Olesen, Jim Furyk, Paul Lawrie8:34 a.m.1:34 p.m.
Geoff Ogilvy, Harris English, Stephen Gallacher8:45 a.m.1:45 p.m.
Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Sergio Garcia9:01 a.m.2:01 p.m.
Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald9:12 a.m.2:12 p.m.
Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, Hunter Mahan9:23 a.m.2:23 p.m.
Peter Hanson, Hiroyuki Fujita, Bill Haas9:34 a.m.2:34 p.m.
Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen9:45 a.m.2:45 p.m.
Webb Simpson, Branden Grace, Jamie Donaldson9:56 a.m.2:56 p.m.
Francesco Molinari, Toru Taniguchi, Bo Van Pelt10:07 a.m.3:07 p.m.
D.A. Points, Brett Rumford, Marcel Siem10:18 a.m.3:18 p.m.
George Murray, Mark Brown, Justin Harding10:29 a.m.3:29 p.m.
Gregory Bourdy, Scott Jamieson, Shiv Kapur10:40 a.m.3:40 p.m.
Scott Brown, Satoshi Kodaira, Gareth Maybin10:51 a.m.3:51 p.m.
Tyrrell Hatton, Eduardo de la Riva, Kenichi Kuboya11:02 a.m.4:02 p.m.
Stephen Dartnall, Darryn Lloyd, Daisuke Maruyama11:13 a.m.4:13 p.m.

 

Prediction

Tiger Woods hasn't won a major championship since the 2008 U.S. Open, and with each passing major that he doesn't win, his odds of breaking Jack Nicklaus' championship record lessen (Woods has 14, Nicklaus has 18). Woods fully realizes that, and while his shortcomings haven't been for a lack of effort, he will finally break through at Muirfield.

Woods has actually played some great golf over the past couple of years, but his success hasn't translated to the majors. He is in a bit of a downturn right now after a disappointing U.S. Open performance (13-over par), but Woods tends to perform best when the chips are stacked against him.

He has been in contention at most majors for the past two years, but something always happens that knocks him out. Woods will receive a stiff challenge from the likes of Rory McIlroy and a dark-horse candidate in Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts, but look for him to get back in the winning groove at a major.

 

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