Spieth paired with champion Stenson

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

The Open starts at 6:35 a.m. local time with Mark O'Meara hitting the first tee shot.

Click on the videos to see Henrik Stenson answering questions from a vehicle before heading to Birkdale to hand back the Claret Jug ahead of The 146th Open.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson will partner former world number one Jordan Spieth in the first two rounds of The Open at Royal Birkdale. He will be playing with American Ryan Moore and England's Chris Wood. "We certainly need to step that up quite a lot if we want to have anything to do with it next week".

After discussing his time as the Champion Golfer of the Year, the charismatic Swede was driven to the famous Southport links to prepare to defend his title.

"I'm still going to enjoy next week", he added.

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Harrington is in the group ahead of Stenson alongside American Pat Perez and Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters, with Justin Rose, 2010 victor Louis Oosthuizen and Justin Thomas out at 9:58am.

Another of the eye-catching groups for the start of the Open will see Rory McIlroy, who has missed the cut on three of his last four starts, go round with world number one Dustin Johnson and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel.

Kim Si-woo of South Korea will go out with Stenson and Spieth, while U.S. Open victor Brooks Koepka is playing with local favorite Tommy Fleetwood and world No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama.

Masters champion Sergio Garcia will be joined by Jason Day and Zach Johnson, the 2015 champion.

Australia's Ryan McCarthy, England's Laurie Canter and Colombia's Sebastian Munoz are in the final group at 4:16pm.

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