Colin Montgomerie to hit first tee shot at Open Championship

Scotland's Colin Montgomerie during the second round

Colin Montgomerie will hit the first tee shot at the British Open after being paired with Luke Donald and Marc Leishman of Australia.

The 53-year-old former Ryder Cup captain had qualified for the Open for the first time since 2010 by coming through a 36-hole final qualifier at Gailes Links to secure a spot at Royal Troon. He said at the time: “It means the world to me.”

Montgomerie, who qualified for the Opens from 1992-2010 and finished as runner-up three times, will return to the Ayrshire course where his father was club secretary and he is now an honorary member.

The Scot finished 24th and 25th respectively the last time Troon staged the Open in 1997 and 2004. “Back in the 90s, I was going to The Open to win it. That has changed of course. You have to be realistic,” he said recently.

Rory McIlroy goes out three hours later at 9.36am in a group including Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and the twice Masters champion Bubba Watson.

The defending champion Zach Johnson, who secured his maiden major via a play-off with Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen at St Andrews last year, starts his Claret Jug defence with Adam Scott and Henrik Stenson.

The last three Open champions at Troon – Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard and Mark Calcavecchia – tee off together at 12:31pm.

Tee-off times in first round of Open Championship

(Gbr & Irl unless stated)

(x) denotes amateurs

Starting at hole 1

0635 Marc Leishman (Aus), Colin Montgomerie, Luke Donald

0646 Steven Alker (NZ), Marcus Fraser (Aus), Sang-hee Lee (Kor)

0657 Jeunghun Wang (Kor), Jon Rahm (Sp), Ryan Palmer (US)

0708 Scott Gregory (a), Sandy Lyle, David Duval (US)

0719 Richie Ramsay, Danny Lee (NZ), Harris English (US)

0730 Steven Bowditch (Aus), Alex Noren (Swe), Kevin Chappell (US)

0741 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk (US)

0752 Justin Thomas (US), David Lingmerth (Swe), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

0803 Patrick Reed (US), Branden Grace (SA), Byeong-Hun An (Kor)

0814 Paul Lawrie, Brandt Snedeker (US), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

0825 Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Jamie Donaldson

0836 Scott Piercy (US), Paul Dunne, Jamie Lovemark (US)

0847 Victor Dubuisson (Fr), Jimmy Walker (US), Scott Hend (Aus)

0903 Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth (US), Shane Lowry

0914 Ross Fisher, Steve Stricker (US), Vijay Singh (Fij)

0925 Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler (US), Jason Day (Aus)

0936 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson (US)

0947 Gary Woodland (US), James Morrison, Soomin Lee (Kor)

0958 Chris Kirk (US), Smylie Kaufman (US), George Coetzee (SA)

1009 Matthew Fitzpatrick, Billy Horschel (US), Hideto Tanihara (Jpn)

1020 Matteo Manassero (It), Shugo Imahira (Jpn), Russell Henley (US)

1031 Robert Rock, Kodai Ichihara (Jpn), William McGirt (US)

1042 Brendan Steele (US), Richard Sterne (SA), Matt Jones (Aus)

1053 Patton Kizzire (US), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Rod Pampling (Aus)

1104 Dave Coupland, Nathan Holman (Aus), Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha)

1115 Rikard Karlberg (Swe), Scott Fernandez (Sp), Haydn Porteous (SA)

1136 Kristoffer Broberg (Swe), Greg Chalmers (Aus), Clément Sordet (Fr)

1147 David Howell, Seung-Yul Noh (Kor), Tony Finau (US)

1158 Jordan Niebrugge (US), Nick Cullen (Aus), Robert Streb (US)

1209 Stefano Mazzoli (a) (It), Ben Curtis (US), John Daly (US)

1220 Francesco Molinari (It), Kevin Kisner (US), KT Kim (Kor)

1231 Justin Leonard (US), Todd Hamilton (US), Mark Calcavecchia (US)

1242 Lasse Jensen (Den), Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Bill Haas (US)

1253 Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel (SA), Kevin Na (US)

1304 Joost Luiten (Neth), Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Charley Hoffman (US)

1315 Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar (US), Andrew Johnson (US)

1326 Phil Mickelson (US), Lee Westwood, Ernie Els (SA)

1337 Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), James Hahn (US), Andrew Sullivan

1348 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Ryan Moore (US), Tommy Fleetwood

1404 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Dustin Johnson (US), Russell Knox

1415 Zach Johnson (US), Adam Scott (Aus), Henrik Stenson (Swe)

1426 Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Chris Wood, Mark O’Meara (US)

1437 Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Sp), Jason Dufner (US), Marc Warren

1448 Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Sergio García (Sp), Keegan Bradley (US)

1459 Webb Simpson (US), Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

1510 Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Sp), JB Holmes (US), Brandon Stone (SA)

1521 Matthew Southgate, Marco Dawson (US), Yosuke Tsukada (Jpn)

1532 Jack Senior, James Heath, Brian Gay (US)

1543 Fabián Gómez (Arg), Jim Herman (US), Anthony Wall

1554 Paul Howard, Daniel Summerhays (US), Colt Knost (US)

1605 Oskar Arvidsson (Swe), Harold Varner III (US), Tyrrell Hatton

1616 Ryan Evans, Callum Shinkwin, Zander Lombard (SA)

Tee-off times in second round of Open Championship

Starting at hole 1

0635 Kristoffer Broberg (Swe), Greg Chalmers (Aus), Clément Sordet (Fr)

0646 David Howell, Seung-Yul Noh (Kor), Tony Finau (US)

0657 Jordan Niebrugge (US), Nick Cullen (Aus), Robert Streb (US)

0708 Stefano Mazzoli (a) (It), Ben Curtis (US), John Daly (US)

0719 Francesco Molinari (It), Kevin Kisner (US), KT Kim (Kor)

0730 Justin Leonard (US), Todd Hamilton (US), Mark Calcavecchia (US)

0741 Lasse Jensen (Den), Soren Kjeldsen (Den), Bill Haas (US)

0752 Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel (SA), Kevin Na (US)

0803 Joost Luiten (Neth), Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Charley Hoffman (US)

0814 Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar (US), Andrew Johnson (US)

0825 Phil Mickelson (US), Lee Westwood, Ernie Els (SA)

0836 Satoshi Kodaira (Jpn), James Hahn (US), Andrew Sullivan

0847 Ryan Moore (US), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Tommy Fleetwood

0903 Martin Kaymer (Ger), Dustin Johnson (US), Russell Knox

0914 Zach Johnson (US), Adam Scott (Aus), Henrik Stenson (Swe)

0925 Chris Wood, Yusaku Miyazato (Jpn), Mark O’Meara (US)

0936 Jason Dufner (US), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Sp), Marc Warren

0947 Anirban Lahiri (Ind), Sergio García (Sp), Keegan Bradley (US)

0958 Yuta Ikeda (Jpn), Webb Simpson (US), Thomas Pieters (Bel)

1009 JB Holmes (US), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Sp), Brandon Stone (SA)

1020 Marco Dawson (US), Matthew Southgate, Yosuke Tsukada (Jpn)

1031 James Heath, Jack Senior, Brian Gay (US)

1042 Jim Herman (US), Fabián Gómez (Arg), Anthony Wall

1053 Paul Howard, Daniel Summerhays (US), Colt Knost (US)

1104 Oskar Arvidsson (Swe), Harold Varner III (US), Tyrrell Hatton

1115 Callum Shinkwin, Ryan Evans, Zander Lombard (SA)

1136 Marc Leishman (Aus), Colin Montgomerie, Luke Donald

1147 Steven Alker (NZ), Marcus Fraser (Aus), Sang-hee Lee (Kor)

1158 Jeunghun Wang (Kor), Jon Rahm (Sp), Ryan Palmer (US)

1209 Scott Gregory (a), Sandy Lyle, David Duval (US)

1220 Richie Ramsay, Danny Lee (NZ), Harris English (US)

1231 Steven Bowditch (Aus), Alex Noren (Swe), Kevin Chappell (US)

1242 Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Darren Clarke, Jim Furyk (US)

1253 Justin Thomas (US), David Lingmerth (Swe), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha)

1304 Patrick Reed (US), Branden Grace (SA), Byeong-Hun An (Kor)

1315 Paul Lawrie, Brandt Snedeker (US), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

1326 Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Jamie Donaldson

1337 Scott Piercy (US), Paul Dunne, Jamie Lovemark (US)

1348 Jimmy Walker (US), Victor Dubuisson (Fr), Scott Hend (Aus)

1404 Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth (US), Shane Lowry

1415 Ross Fisher, Steve Stricker (US), Vijay Singh (Fij)

1426 Rickie Fowler (US), Danny Willett, Jason Day (Aus)

1437 Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Bubba Watson (US)

1448 Gary Woodland (US), James Morrison, Soomin Lee (Kor)

1449 Smylie Kaufman (US), Chris Kirk (US), George Coetzee (SA)

1510 Billy Horschel (US), Matthew Fitzpatrick, Hideto Tanihara (Jpn)

1521 Shugo Imahira (Jpn), Matteo Manassero (It), Russell Henley (US)

1532 Kodai Ichihara (Jpn), Robert Rock, William McGirt (US)

1543 Richard Sterne (SA), Brendan Steele (US), Matt Jones (Aus)

1554 Patton Kizzire (US), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Rod Pampling (Aus)

1605 Dave Coupland, Nathan Holman (Aus), Phachara Khongwatmai (Tha)

1616 Scott Fernandez (Sp), Rikard Karlberg (Swe), Haydn Porteous (SA)

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