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Feb 03, 2017

The 144th British Open is nearly underway. This year’s tournament is unlike any of its predecessors, and we’ll tell you why. We’re saying goodbye to a beloved golf icon, and welcoming a new wave of talent.

Tom Watson will be competing in his 37th British Open.

He has won it five times, but he’s never won at St. Andrews. It has been 32 years since he won his last British Open. This year is Watson’s final British Open. The tournament won’t be the same without Tom. Best of luck to him, Watson will tee off with the 12th group, so keep your eyes peeled.

Rory McIllroy was the favorite to win this year’s Open, but after being derailed by a ruptured ligament in his left ankle, Jordan Spieth is now the projected victor, at 9-2 odds. He injured his ankle while playing soccer with friends in Northern Ireland. Spieth will be teeing off with the 17th group.

The weather report at St. Andrews is calling for less than an ideal golf forecast for Friday and Saturday. The anticipated high winds and heavy rain will make the 2nd and 3rd Rounds very interesting, as players will have to adjust with elements. Jordan Spieth, the heavy favorite is scheduled to play on Friday afternoon, hopefully he will take the advice. Tiger Woods said Tuesday morning, “It’s hard to carry some of the bunkers in some of the fairways sometimes, but you’ve got to make your hay on the holes that are downwind, on the ones that are easy. You’ve got to be able to make those birdies, and sometimes you’ve just got to hang in there on the holes that are into the wind.”

You can’t beat the pairings at the British Open this year. While all of the six top groups have been beautifully crafted there is one clear trifecta of a group. The R&A has graciously granted two full days of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jason Dufner, and John Daly, the 1995 winner at St. Andrews. You definitely do not want to miss this group teeing off at 7:50 a.m. EST on Thursday.

Below are all of the top six groups and their tee times.

1. John Daly, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jason Dufner (7:50 a.m. EST Thursday).

2. Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama (4:33 a.m. EST Thursday).

3. Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day (4:55 a.m. EST Thursday).

4. Bubba Waston, Ian Poulter and Charl Schwartzel (4:00 a.m. EST Thursday).

5. Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson and Matt Kuchar (9:45 a.m. EST Thursday).

6. Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose and Nick Faldo (9:45 a.m. EST Thursday).

Be sure to catch all of the action of this year’s tournament. You know we will.