British Open Schedule 2014: Day 1 Tee Times, TV Coverage, Live Stream and Picks

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2014

Adam Scott of Australia holds his putter on the 2nd green during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday July 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
Jon Super/Associated Press

Like Premier League soccer, Ricky Gervais, fish and chips and the Beatles, the Open Championship is Britain's gift to the world. Throughout the years it's given us golf being played in blustery winds, the Claret Jug and some really epic meltdowns (poor, poor Jean van de Velde).

In 'Murrica, we call it the British Open, because we do what we want, or something like that. But, folks, it's really called the Open Championship. It's okay to call it by its real name. We're not about to start calling soccer "football" or "footy," so we can give them the Open Championship. 

But when can you watch the British Open Championship? What are the tee times? What do I think will happen at the tournament?

These are big questions. Huge questions. Monumental questions. And I'll answer them. 

When: Thursday, July 17, through Sunday, July 20

Where: Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake in Merseyside, England

TV Coverage: ESPN (4 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET)

Streaming: WatchESPN

Tee Times

Open Championship Thursday Tee Times
David Duval1:25 AM ET
Robert Karlsson1:25 AM ET
David Howell1:25 AM ET
Masanori Kobayashi1:36 AM ET
Dawie Van Der Walt1:36 AM ET
Cameron Tringale1:36 AM ET
Chris Wood1:47 AM ET
Bernd Wiesberger1:47 AM ET
Matt Jones1:47 AM ET
Hyung-Sung Kim1:58 AM ET
Erik Compton1:58 AM ET
Marc Leishman1:58 AM ET
Anirban Lahiri2:09 AM ET
Ben Martin2:09 AM ET
Koumei Oda2:09 AM ET
Kiradech Aphibarnrat2:20 AM ET
Brooks Koepka2:20 AM ET
Edoardo Molinari2:20 AM ET
Ashley Chesters2:31 AM ET
Freddie Jacobson2:31 AM ET
Branden Grace2:31 AM ET
Paul Lawrie2:42 AM ET
Ben Curtis2:42 AM ET
Justin Leonard2:42 AM ET
Ryan Moore2:53 AM ET
Francesco Molinari2:53 AM ET
Thorbjorn Olesen2:53 AM ET
Matteo Manassero3:04 AM ET
Mikko Ilonen3:04 AM ET
Bradley Neil3:04 AM ET
Thomas Bjorn3:15 AM ET
Stewart Cink3:15 AM ET
Patrick Reed3:15 AM ET
Jim Furyk3:26 AM ET
Darren Clarke3:26 AM ET
Tom Watson3:26 AM ET
Luke Donald3:37 AM ET
Sergio Garcia3:37 AM ET
Rickie Fowler3:37 AM ET
Paul Casey3:53 AM ET
Matt Every3:53 AM ET
Harris English3:53 AM ET
Angel Cabrera4:04 AM ET
Tiger Woods4:04 AM ET
Henrik Stenson4:04 AM ET
Padraig Harrington4:15 AM ET
K.J. Choi4:15 AM ET
Charl Schwartzel4:15 AM ET
Jordan Spieth4:26 AM ET
Rory McIlroy4:26 AM ET
Hideki Matsuyama4:26 AM ET
Dustin Johnson4:37 AM ET
Ian Poulter4:37 AM ET
Jimmy Walker4:37 AM ET
Louis Oosthuizen4:48 AM ET
Graeme McDowell4:48 AM ET
Matt Kuchar4:48 AM ET
Hunter Mahan4:59 AM ET
Stephen Gallacher4:59 AM ET
Victor Dubuisson4:59 AM ET
Todd Hamilton5:10 AM ET
Nick Faldo5:10 AM ET
David Hearn5:10 AM ET
Ryan Palmer5:21 AM ET
Tomohiro Kondo5:21 AM ET
Brett Rumford5:21 AM ET
Peter Uihlein5:32 AM ET
Marc Warren5:32 AM ET
John Singleton5:32 AM ET
Juvic Pagunsan5:43 AM ET
Kristoffer Broberg5:43 AM ET
Paul McKechnie5:43 AM ET
Rhein Gibson5:54 AM ET
Brian Harman5:54 AM ET
Hyung-Tae Kim5:54 AM ET
Oscar Floren6:05 AM ET
Yoshinobu Tsukada6:05 AM ET
Chris Hanson6:05 AM ET
Matthew Southgate6:26 AM ET
Hiroshi Iwata6:26 AM ET
Jamie McLeary6:26 AM ET
Roberto Castro6:37 AM ET
Victor Riu6:37 AM ET
Tyrrell Hatton6:37 AM ET
Shawn Stefani6:48 AM ET
Nick Watney6:48 AM ET
Dong-Kyu Jang6:48 AM ET
Brendan Steele6:59 AM ET
D.A. Points6:59 AM ET
Y.E. Yang6:59 AM ET
Scott Stallings7:10 AM ET
Bryden Macpherson7:10 AM ET
Pablo Larrazabal7:10 AM ET
Charley Hoffman7:21 AM ET
Michael Hoey7:21 AM ET
George Coetzee7:21 AM ET
Brendon de Jonge7:32 AM ET
Brendon Todd7:32 AM ET
Kevin Streelman7:32 AM ET
Sandy Lyle7:43 AM ET
Gary Woodland7:43 AM ET
Kevin Stadler7:43 AM ET
Brandt Snedeker7:54 AM ET
Cheng Tsung Pan7:54 AM ET
Graham Delaet7:54 AM ET
A-Shun Wu8:05 AM ET
Boo Weekley8:05 AM ET
Danny Willett8:05 AM ET
Chris Kirk8:16 AM ET
Jonas Blixt8:16 AM ET
J.B. Holmes8:16 AM ET
Bill Haas8:27 AM ET
Thongchai Jaidee8:27 AM ET
Miguel Jimenez8:27 AM ET
Jason Day8:38 AM ET
Martin Kaymer8:38 AM ET
Zach Johnson8:38 AM ET
Webb Simpson8:54 AM ET
Jamie Donaldson8:54 AM ET
Yusaku Miyazato8:54 AM ET
Ernie Els9:05 AM ET
Bubba Watson9:05 AM ET
Phil Mickelson9:05 AM ET
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano9:16 AM ET
Billy Horschel9:16 AM ET
Russell Henley9:16 AM ET
Adam Scott9:27 AM ET
Jason Dufner9:27 AM ET
Justin Rose9:27 AM ET
Ryo Ishikawa9:38 AM ET
Lee Westwood9:38 AM ET
Keegan Bradley9:38 AM ET
John Senden9:49 AM ET
Kevin Na9:49 AM ET
Joost Luiten9:49 AM ET
Tommy Fleetwood10:00 AM ET
Ross Fisher10:00 AM ET
John Daly10:00 AM ET
Mark Wiebe10:11 AM ET
Rafael Cabrera Bello10:11 AM ET
Paul Dunne10:11 AM ET
Oliver Fisher10:22 AM ET
Shane Lowry10:22 AM ET
Chesson Hadley10:22 AM ET
Richard Sterne10:33 AM ET
George McNeill10:33 AM ET
Chris Stroud10:33 AM ET
Matthew Baldwin10:44 AM ET
Gregory Bourdy10:44 AM ET
Jin Jeong10:44 AM ET
Billy Hurley III10:55 AM ET
Rhys Enoch10:55 AM ET
Justin Walters10:55 AM ET
Byeong-Hun An11:06 AM ET
Scott Jamieson11:06 AM ET
Chris Rodgers11:06 AM ET



A true master becomes one with the ball.
A true master becomes one with the ball.Jon Super/Associated Press/Associated Press

Let's start bold, folks. I'm talking narrative-bending, TV-producer-scaring, fanboy-enraging bold.

I'm talking about Tiger Woods failing to make the cut at the Open Championship.

Is it really so hard to imagine? He's barely played this year, and he failed to make the cut at the Quicken Loans National in June. While he was quite good at several majors last year (fourth at the Masters, sixth at the Open Championship), he's a long way from the form he started to show a season ago. 

But the competitive fire is still there, for what that's worth, as Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN wrote:

A surgeon's incision was made in Woods' lower back less than four months ago. If he didn't care—as Hank Haney, four years removed as his coach, has suggested—then Woods wouldn't have power-grinded through his rehab, wouldn't have played at Congressional three weeks ago and wouldn't have had this back-and-forth during Tuesday's news conference at Royal Liverpool Golf Club:

Question: 'Given your limited preparation coming in here, what would be an acceptable finish for you this weekend?'

Woods: 'First.'

Question: 'Anything less than that would be unacceptable?'

Woods: 'That's always the case, yeah.'

Suffice to say, Woods doesn't share my opinion that he'll miss the cut. 

Here's a prediction I feel very safe making—Rory McIlroy will golf really well at the Open Championship. Well, except on Friday. 

Because McIlroy never seems to play well on Fridays, per Justin Ray of the Golf Channel:

Who knows why McIlroy plays so poorly on Friday? Maybe, like the rest of us, he just really prefers the weekend. Maybe he hates sequels (they're never as good as the original, save for maybe The Empire Strikes Back and The Two Towers). Perhaps he really hates that Cure song.

I'm just spitballing here, folks. But the truth is, his performances in the second round have really hurt him this season. And they'll hurt him at Hoylake, too.

How about that Phil Mickelson fellow? The truth is, despite being the defending champion, he's having a pretty rocky season. Sure, he's always capable of winning because he's streaky like that, but this doesn't feel like his year. He's no Woods—he'll make the cut—but it will be a disappointing weekend for Lefty. 

I don't like Bubba Watson at this event, either. Just doesn't seem like his type of course. 

Bubba's so chillaxed.
Bubba's so chillaxed.Peter Morrison/Associated Press/Associated Press

Oh, and weather will play a role at some point, because it always does. I'm not exactly digging deep on that prediction.

Meanwhile, somebody will emerge to give the traditional contenders a scare. I don't know who it will be—because if I did know such things I would be a very rich man by now and probably would be chilling on my yacht rather than writing this article—but once Sunday rolls around, we'll have an underdog to pull for. 

But he won't beat Adam Scott, my pick to take this tournament. For starters, the World No. 1 is playing inspired golf this year. He proved he can win at the majors last year, taking home the Green Jacket at the Masters, and he's finished third two consecutive years at the Open Championship. 

Plus, I think he's fantastic in Parks and Recreation as Ben Wyatt. He's really got everything going for him. 

Those are my predictions, folks. You can take them to the bank, but if you could wait a few days to cash them, that would be great. Enjoy the Open Championship.

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