The tee times — or games, as they are called on the other side of the pond — are set for the 149th Open Championship, and there are some great ones as the final major of the year gets rolling this week at Royal St. George’s. The R&A — like Augusta National for the Masters — does a fine job of making the featured groups good but not too good.

Combining strong groups throughout the day with all golfers beginning their rounds on the first tee engenders interest from the start of the round until the last putt drops in the early evening stateside. It all makes for a phenomenal viewing experience.

Here’s a short selection of the best groups for Thursday’s first round. As you can see, the pairings are spread across the morning. All times Eastern

  • Brooks Koepka, Jason Kokrak, Garrick Higgo (3:03 a.m.)
  • Jordan…

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