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.