Adam Scott will play with reigning champion Francesco Molinari in the first two rounds of the British Open.
Adam Scott will play with reigning champion Francesco Molinari in the first two rounds of the British Open.

Aussie stars land in Open spotlight

Australia's golf stars have been afforded star billing at the final major of the year, with Adam Scott, Jason Day and Marc Leishman all featuring in marquee groups for the first two rounds of the British Open at Royal Portrush.

Golf's oldest open championship returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 and Scott will be front and centre when he tees off with defending champion Francesco Molinari in the first two rounds.

Adam Scott looks a great chance of breaking his Open duck.
Adam Scott looks a great chance of breaking his Open duck.

Scott, who yearns to finally get his hands on the Claret Jug after a series of painful near misses in recent years, will be the first Australian out on Thursday.

The former Masters champion tees off at 6.58pm (EST) alongside Molinari and American world No.6 Bryson De Chambeau.

Marc Leishman is also in a heavyweight grouping with 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth and another former Masters winner, Brit Danny Willett.

Runner-up in 2015 after losing a playoff at St Andrews, Leishman boasts three top-six finishes in his past four Open starts, which have clearly caught the eye of R & A officials.

Day, whose best Open finish remains a tied fourth four years ago after falling a shot short of the three-man playoff won by Zach Johnson, hits off alongside world No.2 Dustin Johnson and another American ex-major champion in Keegan Bradley.

 

Aussie tee times for first round

All times EST
6.58pm: ADAM SCOTT, Francesco Molinari (ITA), Bryson De Chambeau (USA) 8.58pm: DIMITRIOS PAPADATOS, Joel Dahlmen (USA), Adri Arnaus (ESP) 9.20pm: JAKE MCLEOD, Eric Van Rooyen (RSA), Kurt Kitiyama (USA) 10.26pm: MARC LEISHMAN, Jordan Spieth (USA), Danny Willett (ENG) 10.37pm: CAMERON SMITH, Adam Hadwin (CAN), David Lipsky (USA) 11.59pm: JASON DAY, Dustin Johnson (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA)
OTHER NOTABLE GROUPINGS
7.09pm: Rory McIlroy (NIR), Gary Woodland (USA), Paul Casey (ENG) 10.04pm: Brooks Koepka (USA), Louis Ousthuizen (RSA), Shubhankar Sharma IND) 12.10am (Friday): Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed, Matt Wallace

Tiger Woods tees off in the group immediately after Day's with fellow American Patrick Reed and English hope Matt Wallace.

Northern Ireland superstar Rory McIlroy is out just before 9pm (EST) with US Open champion Gary Woodland and Englishman Paul Casey. World No.1 Brooks Koepka begins his quest for a fifth major championship in the afternoon wave with 2010 Open winner Louis Ousthuizen and Indian Shubhankar Sharma.