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Monday 29 December 2014

The Open 2013: Rory McIlroy grouped with Phil Mickelson as Graeme McDowell is paired against Tiger Woods

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15:  Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland shakes hands with Oliver Fisher of England ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland shakes hands with Oliver Fisher of England ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Lee Westwood of England reacts ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rory McIlroy during practice day two for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club, East Lothian
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Sir Nick Faldo of England signs autographs ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Martin Kaymer of Germany hits a shot ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark hits the ball ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Sir Nick Faldo of England looks on ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Sir Nick Faldo of England looks on ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Lindsey Vonn watches Tiger Woods during practice day one for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club, East Lothian
Rory McIlroy signs autographs during practice day one for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club, East Lothian
Darren Clarke during practice day one for the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield Golf Club, East Lothian
ST ANDREWS, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 09: US Open Champion Justin Rose enjoys the comforts of his sponsor's British Airways First Class seat in St Andrews, Scotland during a layover before practising at Muirfield ahead of The Open Championship this week on July 09, 2013 in St. Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for British Airways)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 14: Tiger Woods of the USA and Jason Day of Australia during a practise day for the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 14, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Ernie Els of South Africa, the 2012 Open Champion returns the Claret Jug to Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Ernie Els of South Africa, the 2012 Open Champion talks with Peter Dawson, Chief Executive of The R&A, as Els returns the Claret Jug ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Tiger Woods of the United States smiles alongside skier Lindsey Vonn ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Caddie Joe LaCava for Tiger Woods of the United States stands with skier Lindsey Vonn watches Tiger Woods of the United States ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Skier Lindsey Vonn watches Tiger Woods of the United States ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Skier Lindsey Vonn watches Tiger Woods of the United States ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Skier Lindsey Vonn watches Tiger Woods of the United States ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Daisuke Maruyama of Japan tees off on the 10th hole ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Tiger Woods of the United States points with his club ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan hits a shot ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan, Toru Taniguchi of Japan and Daisuke Maruyama of Japan sit in front of the clubhouse ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 15: Adam Scott of Australia hits a shot ahead of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 15, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

It’s Northern Ireland versus North America at Muirfield with Rory McIlroy grouped with Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell with Tiger Woods over the first two days at the Open Championship, which starts on Thursday.

 

McIlroy and Mickelson, winner at the Scottish Open yesterday, headline the morning starters alongside Hideki Matsuyama from Japan.

Woods and McDowell, who have seven tournament wins between them this year, are out with South Africa’s 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen in the afternoon.

In other marque groups, US Open champion Justin Rose plays alongside defending Open champion Ernie Els and Brandt Snedeker, who led at half way last year. Ian Poulter is in the very next group alongside Keegan Bradley and Billy Horschel.

In the vintage section, Sir Nick Faldo will begin his campaign for a fourth Open crown and third here in the company of American Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson and cheerleader Fred Couples.

Among the afternoon highlights are Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel followed immediately by Luke Donald, Adam Scott and Matt Kuchar.

Book ending the opening day are Peter Senior, Lloyd Saltman and Oliver Fisher in the first group out at 6:32am, and Stephen Dartnall, Darryn Lloyd and Daisuke Maruyama, who tee off last at 4.13pm.

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