The Open 2017: Defending champion Henrik Stenson to partner Jordan Spieth

The Open 2017: Defending champion Henrik Stenson to partner Jordan Spieth

The trio will get under way at Royal Birkdale at 2.50pm on Thursday. He will be playing with American Ryan Moore and England's Chris Wood.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson will play alongside Rory McIlroy in the first two rounds of the 146th British Open at Royal Birkdale, while reigning champion Henrik Stenson has been grouped with Jordan Spieth in another standout threeball.

Paul Casey (1.26pm), Lee Westwood (2.59pm) and Phil Mickelson (3.10pm) are the pick of the afternoon bunch with the first tee shot of the day at 6.35am going to 1998 victor here, American Mark O'Meara.

Other notable groups see Masters champion Sergio Garcia together with Jason Day and 2015 Open victor Zach Johnson, while Jon Rahm is alongside Lee Westwood and Patrick Reed.

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The final group available begin at 9.58am and contains Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen, with voting closing at midday on Wednesday.

Ian Poulter features on a list of strong English contenders in the morning wave, with his 8.03am tee time coming between Matt Fitzpatrick (7.41am), former Masters champion Danny Willett (7.30am) and Andrew "Beef" Johnston (11.36am).

World number one Dustin Johnson will partner Rory McIlroy and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel, with the group getting underway at 1448 local time.

The field for The Open is set at 156 players.

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