Set your alarms and put on the coffee, it’s Open Championship week. Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland gets the honor of hosting the 148th Open — some of us Americans call it the British Open — and it’ll be, as always, a week of spectacular views, hellish weather and early mornings. The final major of 2019 begins Thursday morning — late Wednesday night, if you’re on the West Coast — starting with the 1:35 a.m. Eastern tee shot of Portrush’s own Darren Clarke.
Here’s the breakdown of notable tee times for Thursday and Friday; for the full list of 156 groupings — or “games” as they’ll call them this week—tap here. All times Eastern.
2:52 a.m./ 7:53 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Shane Lowry, Branden Grace
Weather’s always a consideration at the Open, and the conditions that the first groups play under may not resemble anything close to the second half of each day. It’s a near certainty that one half will get the better draw … but as to which half that is, we’ll have to wait and see.
The Open will be broadcast on NBC and its associated channels, as well as The Open app, starting Thursday morning.
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