2013 British Open: Tee times and pairings for Thursday's round

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There will be 10 straight hours of tee times on Thursday at Muirfield, highlighted by world No. 1 Tiger Woods playing in the afternoon in Scotland (and at a reasonable hour in the States).

The 2013 British Open tees off at Muirfield on Thursday well before 7 a.m. local time in Scotland, and well before many of the bars in the eastern United States are closed. The first group off No. 1 at Muirfield will go at 1:32 a.m. ET, the start of 10 hours of tees times at the historic Scottish links layout's opening hole.

The Open Championship is a refreshing change from the other three majors, with golf on a historic links setup, sometimes in miserable conditions, and middle-of-the-night tee times to break up the deadest month on the US sports calendar. The annual July stop hits during a time of the year in Scotland where golf can be played for almost 17 hours. On Thursday, the sun will rise before 5 a.m. in Gullane and there will be light and potential playing conditions well past 10 p.m. It's a nice advantage the Royal & Ancient and the Open Championship have over the USGA and U.S. Open, which hustles to get 156 players through 18 holes during the first two days. With that amount of daylight, and a relatively clear forecast this week, there will be no split tees at Muirfield as all players will go off No.1 in threesomes. It adds to the unique march of The Open, with 10 hours of tee times zigging inward and outward providing hilarity and entertainment on the Scottish coast.

ESPN will have the TV coverage all four days, starting at 4 a.m. ET on Thursday. They will be on the air for 11 hours, covering the entire rounds of the marquee groups, starting with the old-timers group right at 4 a.m. -- Tom Watson, Nick Faldo, and Fred Couples. Justin Rose and Ernie Els will go off 11 minutes later in the next group, while the Phil Mickelson-Rory McIlroy power pairing head out at 4:44 a.m.

That's the first wave cluster of marquee times on Thursday, but the biggest name in the sport, Tiger Woods, will be out in the afternoon for his first round. Woods is paired with Graeme McDowell and Louis Oosthuizen for the first two rounds and they're scheduled for 9:45 a.m. ET on Thursday. The general preference among the players, including Woods, is to get out early in the morning wave and avoid any potential weather changes that notoriously kick up at the British. It was here where Woods got the short end of the draw, getting caught out in the brutal Saturday conditions in 2002 where most of the afternoon wave struggled to break 80 after the morning groups snuck through in relatively benign conditions. But every player has to play on one side of the draw at least one day, and Woods will be out late on Thursday. Fortunately for the American audience, his entire round will be televised and at a reasonable hour for most of the country.

Here's the full tee sheet for Thursday's first round:

Tee Time (ET) Players
1:32 a.m. Peter Senior Lloyd Saltman Oliver Fisher
1:43 a.m. Robert Karlsson Todd Hamilton Ben Stow
1:54 a.m. Thomas Aiken Kiradech Aphibarnrat Bud Cauley
2:05 a.m. Mikko Ilonen Brooks Koepka Ashun Wu
2:16 a.m. David Duval Bernd Wiesberger Chris Wood
2:27 a.m. Scott Stallings Stewart Cink Richard McEvoy
2:38 a.m. K.J. Choi Miguel Angel Jimenez Jimmy Walker
2:49 a.m. Ben Curtis Shane Lowry Rafael Cabrera-Bello
3:00 a.m. Jonas Blixt Brian Davis Graham DeLaet
3:11 a.m. Robert Garrigus John Senden Marc Warren
3:22 a.m. Martin Kaymer Garrick Porteous Jason Day
3:33 a.m. Carl Pettersson Jason Dufner David Lynn
3:44 a.m. Bubba Watson Nicolas Colsaerts Dustin Johnson
4:00 a.m. Nick Faldo Tom Watson Fred Couples
4:11 a.m. Justin Rose Ernie Els Brandt Snedeker
4:22 a.m. Ian Poulter Keegan Bradley Billy Horschel
4:33 a.m. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano Richard Sterne Nick Watney
4:44 a.m. Rory McIlroy Hideki Matsuyama Phil Mickelson
4:55 a.m. Scott Piercy Tim Clark Kevin Streelman
5:06 a.m. Zach Johnson Shingo Katayama Thomas Bjorn
5:17 a.m. Angel Cabrera Camilo Villegas Tano Goya
5:28 a.m. George Coetzee Ken Duke Mark Calcavecchia
5:39 a.m. John Huh Brendan Jones Hyuang-Sung Kim
5:50 a.m. Josh Teater Steven Tiley Jimmy Mullen
6:01 a.m. K.T. Kim Steven Jeffress Luke Guthrie
6:12 a.m. John Wade Gareth Wright Makoto Inque
6:33 a.m. Danny Willett Y.E. Yang Johnson Wagner
6:44 a.m. Thaworn Wiratchant Lucas Glover Oscar Floren
6:55 a.m. Boo Weekley Sandy Lyle Niclas Fasth
7:06 a.m. Marcus Fraser Grant Forrest Mark O'Meara
7:17 a.m. Tom Lehman Thongchai Jaidee Fredrik Jacobson
7:28 a.m. Justin Leonard Rhys Pugh Marc Leishman
7:39 a.m. Alvaro Quiros Kyle Stanley Alexander Noren
7:50 a.m. Russell Henley Jordan Spieth Matthew Fitzpatrick
8:01 a.m. Padraig Harrington Michael Thompson Richie Ramsay
8:12 a.m. Vijay Singh Darren Clarke Martin Laird
8:23 a.m. Ryan Moore Henrik Stenson Steven Fox
8:34 a.m. Thorbjorn Olesen Jim Furyk Paul Lawrie
8:45 a.m. Geoff Ogilvy Harris English Stephen Gallacher
9:01 a.m. Lee Westwood Charl Schwartzel Sergio Garcia
9:12 a.m. Adam Scott Matt Kuchar Luke Donald
9:23 a.m. Rickie Fowler Matteo Manassero Hunter Mahan
9:34 a.m. Peter Hanson Hiroyuki Fujita Bill Haas
9:45 a.m. Tiger Woods Graeme McDowell Louis Oosthuizen
9:56 a.m. Webb Simpson Branden Grace Jamie Donaldson
10:07 a.m. Francesco Molinari Toru Taniguchi Bo Van Pelt
10:18 a.m. D.A. Points Brett Rumford Marcel Siem
10:29 a.m. George Murray Mark Brown Justin Harding
10:40 a.m. Gregory Bourdy Scott Jamieson Shiv Kapur
10:51 a.m. Scott Brown Satoshi Kodaira Gareth Maybin
11:02 a.m. Tyrrell Hatton Eduardo De la Riva Kenichi Kuboya
11:13 a.m. Stephen Dartnall Darryn Lloyd Daisuke Maruyama

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