2017 British Open Championship Thursday's first round: Leaderboard, featured groups, tee times, TV, pin placements
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2017 British Open Championship Thursday’s first round: Leaderboard, featured groups, tee times, TV, pin placements

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The 2017 British Open Championship begins on Thursday (July 20) with the first round from Royal Birkdale Golf Club in England. The first round begins right at 1:35 a.m. Eastern time, with players teeing off the first tee in threesomes at the game's oldest major championship.

Henrik Stenson defends against a field headlined by Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler that is vying for the $1,845,000 first-place prize from the $10.25 million prize pool.

We've got all the info you need to know to get ready for the 2017 British Open Championship first round, including the leaderboard featured groups and tee times, TV times and how you can watch online, as well first-round pin placements.



British Open Championship leaderboard

The 2017 British Open Championship leaderboard is expected to feature higher scores as winds and precipitation are expected to play a substantial role throughout the championship. (PGATour.com has the live leaderboard.)

After Round 1

POS PLAYER TO PAR R1
T1 Brooks Koepka -5 65
T1 Matt Kuchar -5 65
T1 Jordan Spieth -5 65
T4 Paul Casey -4 66
T4 Charl Schwartzel -4 66
T6 Richard Bland -3 67
T6 Rafa Cabrera Bello -3 67
T6 Austin Connelly -3 67
T6 Charley Hoffman -3 67
T6 Ian Poulter -3 67
T6 Justin Thomas -3 67

Tee times and featured groups

A full starting field tees off in threesomes on Thursday, with the 2017 British Open Championship Thursday tee times running from 1:35 a.m. Eastern time through the final group at 11:16 a.m. (or 4:16 p.m.).

Here are complete, full-field tee times throughout the day:

  • 1:35 a.m. -- Mark O’Meara, Chris Wood, Ryan Moore
  • 1:46 a.m. -- Phachara Khongwatmai, Maverick McNealy (a), Stuart Manley
  • 1:57 a.m. -- Stewart Cink, Sandy Lyle, Jeunghun Wang
  • 2:08 a.m. -- Paul Broadhurst, Thongchai Jaidee, Roberto Castro
  • 2:19 a.m. -- Tom Lehman, Byeong Hun An, Darren Fichardt
  • 2:30 a.m. -- Soren Kjeldsen, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett
  • 2:41 a.m. -- Matthew Fitzpatrick, Steve Stricker, Emiliano Grillo
  • 2:52 a.m. -- Jason Dufner, Branden Grace, Bryson DeChambeau
  • 3:03 a.m. -- Alex Noren, Russell Knox, Ian Poulter
  • 3:14 a.m. -- David Duval, Prayad Marksaeng, KT Kim
  • 3:25 a.m. -- Younghan Song, David Horsey, Dylan Frittelli
  • 3:36 a.m. -- Mike Lorenzo-Vera, Charles Howell III, Shiv Kapur
  • 3:47 a.m. -- Russell Henley, Fabrizio Zanotti, Peter Uihlein
  • 4:03 a.m. -- Alexander Levy, Brendan Steele, Webb Simpson
  • 4:14 a.m. -- Wesley Bryan, Anirban Lahiri, Alfie Plant (a)
  • 4:25 a.m. -- Darren Clarke, Gary Woodland, Harry Ellis (a)
  • 4:36 a.m. -- Padraig Harrington, Pat Perez, Thomas Pieters
  • 4:47 a.m. -- Henrik Stenson, Si Woo Kim, Jordan Spieth
  • 4:58 a.m. -- Louis Oosthuizen, Justin Rose, Justin Thomas
  • 5:09 a.m. -- Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama, Tommy Fleetwood
  • 5:20 a.m. -- JB Holmes, Brandt Snedeker, Shane Lowry
  • 5:31 a.m. -- Richard Bland, Shaun Norris, Luca Cianchetto (a)
  • 5:42 a.m. -- Yikeun Chang, Chan Kim, Mark Foster
  • 5:53 a.m. -- Sung Kang, Tony Finau, Matthieu Pavon
  • 6:04 a.m. -- Alexander Bjork, Joe Dean, Robert Streb
  • 6:15 a.m. -- Robert Dinwiddie, Julian Suri, Adam Hodkinson
  • 6:36 a.m. -- Andrew Johnston, Adam Hadwin, Todd Hamilton
  • 6:47 a.m. -- John Daly, Adam Bland, Connor Syme (a)
  • 6:58 a.m. -- William McGirt, Toby Tree, Jamie Lovemark
  • 7:09 a.m. -- Matthew Griffin, Austin Connelly, Matthew Southgate
  • 7:20 a.m. -- Cameron Smith, Bill Haas, Callum Shinkwin
  • 7:31 a.m. -- Michael Hendry, Brian Harman, Martin Laird
  • 7:42 a.m. -- Ernie Els, Ross Fisher, Bernd Wiesberger
  • 7:53 a.m. -- Tyrrell Hatton, Martin Kaymer, Aaron Baddeley
  • 8:04 a.m. -- Zach Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia
  • 8:15 a.m. -- Andy Sullivan, Joost Luiten, David Lipsky
  • 8:26 a.m. -- Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Paul Casey
  • 8:37 a.m. -- Matt Kuchar, Richie Ramsay, Ryan Fox
  • 8:48 a.m. -- Kevin Kisner, Charley Hoffman, David Drysdale
  • 9:04 a.m. -- Jimmy Walker, Hideto Tanihara, Thorbjorn Olesen
  • 9:15 a.m. -- Jhonattan Vegas, Brandon Stone, Sean O’Hair
  • 9:26 a.m. -- Daniel Berger, Pablo Larrazabal, Yuta Ikeda
  • 9:37 a.m. -- Paul Lawrie, Kevin Chappell, Yusaku Miyazato
  • 9:48 a.m. -- Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Charl Schwartzel
  • 9:59 a.m. -- Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed, Lee Westwood
  • 10:10 a.m. -- Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman
  • 10:21 a.m. -- Scott Hend, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Bubba Watson
  • 10:32 a.m. -- Paul Waring, Kyle Stanley, Kevin Na
  • 10:43 a.m. -- Gi-Whan Kim, Xander Schauffele, Andrew Dodt
  • 10:54 a.m. -- Haotong Li, Kent Bulle, Haydn McCullen
  • 11:05 a.m. -- Jbe Kruger, Nicholas McCarthy, Ashley Hall
  • 11:16 a.m. -- Ryan McCarthy, Laurie Canter, Sebastian Munoz

Pin placements

The R&A releases the first-round pin sheet with the pin placements (or as they say officially, hole locations) just before play gets going in the morning.

TV times and how to watch online

The British Open Championship airs on TV on Thursday on Golf Channel, with coverage going from 1:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Eastern.

On the Golf Channel app and on golfchannel.com, streaming coverage beings at 1:30 a.m. Eastern. The R&A also has three channels of streaming coverage on theopen.com, including featured groups and holes 12-14.

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