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Dublin: 7 °C Wednesday 19 December, 2018

Harrington paired with Bubba for opening rounds at The Open

Here are the tee times and pairings ahead of Thursday’s major.

HOME FAVOURITE RUSSELL Knox is guaranteed to have a big following when The Open Championship tees off at Carnoustie on Thursday as the Irish Open champion has been drawn to play alongside Tiger Woods and Hideki Matsuyama on the opening two days.

PGA: The Open Championship - Practice Round Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Tee times and pairings were released for the major this afternoon with Irish interest on the course early Thursday morning when Paul Dunne gets underway with Ross Fisher and Austin Cook, followed by Shane Lowry’s 07.41 tee time with Patrick Cantlay and Tyrell Hatton.

Former champions Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer and Retied Goosen will get underway at 09.36, before the appetising draw of Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler and Chris Wood.

The Open Championship 2018 - Preview Day One - Carnoustie Golf Links Source: Richard Sellers

Padraig Harrington will play alongside Bubba Watson and Matt Wallace from 14.48. Rory McIlroy will be with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen, one group ahead of favourite Dustin Johnson and Charley Hoffman (13.04)

The Open Championship selected pairings and tee times (view the full list here)

Paul Dunne, Ross Fisher, Austin Cook — 0730

Shane Lowry, Patrick Cantlay, Tyrell Hatton — 07.41

Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen — 09.36

Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat — 09.58

Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood — 10.09

Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed — 10.20

Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen — 12.53

Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman — 13.04

Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace — 13.26

Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace — 14.48

Tiger Woods, Hedeki Matsuyama, Russell Knox — 15.21

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