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

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British Open Schedule 2014: Day 1 Tee Times, TV Coverage, Live Stream and Picks
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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
PLAYER TEE TIME
David Duval 1:25 AM ET
Robert Karlsson 1:25 AM ET
David Howell 1:25 AM ET
Masanori Kobayashi 1:36 AM ET
Dawie Van Der Walt 1:36 AM ET
Cameron Tringale 1:36 AM ET
Chris Wood 1:47 AM ET
Bernd Wiesberger 1:47 AM ET
Matt Jones 1:47 AM ET
Hyung-Sung Kim 1:58 AM ET
Erik Compton 1:58 AM ET
Marc Leishman 1:58 AM ET
Anirban Lahiri 2:09 AM ET
Ben Martin 2:09 AM ET
Koumei Oda 2:09 AM ET
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 2:20 AM ET
Brooks Koepka 2:20 AM ET
Edoardo Molinari 2:20 AM ET
Ashley Chesters 2:31 AM ET
Freddie Jacobson 2:31 AM ET
Branden Grace 2:31 AM ET
Paul Lawrie 2:42 AM ET
Ben Curtis 2:42 AM ET
Justin Leonard 2:42 AM ET
Ryan Moore 2:53 AM ET
Francesco Molinari 2:53 AM ET
Thorbjorn Olesen 2:53 AM ET
Matteo Manassero 3:04 AM ET
Mikko Ilonen 3:04 AM ET
Bradley Neil 3:04 AM ET
Thomas Bjorn 3:15 AM ET
Stewart Cink 3:15 AM ET
Patrick Reed 3:15 AM ET
Jim Furyk 3:26 AM ET
Darren Clarke 3:26 AM ET
Tom Watson 3:26 AM ET
Luke Donald 3:37 AM ET
Sergio Garcia 3:37 AM ET
Rickie Fowler 3:37 AM ET
Paul Casey 3:53 AM ET
Matt Every 3:53 AM ET
Harris English 3:53 AM ET
Angel Cabrera 4:04 AM ET
Tiger Woods 4:04 AM ET
Henrik Stenson 4:04 AM ET
Padraig Harrington 4:15 AM ET
K.J. Choi 4:15 AM ET
Charl Schwartzel 4:15 AM ET
Jordan Spieth 4:26 AM ET
Rory McIlroy 4:26 AM ET
Hideki Matsuyama 4:26 AM ET
Dustin Johnson 4:37 AM ET
Ian Poulter 4:37 AM ET
Jimmy Walker 4:37 AM ET
Louis Oosthuizen 4:48 AM ET
Graeme McDowell 4:48 AM ET
Matt Kuchar 4:48 AM ET
Hunter Mahan 4:59 AM ET
Stephen Gallacher 4:59 AM ET
Victor Dubuisson 4:59 AM ET
Todd Hamilton 5:10 AM ET
Nick Faldo 5:10 AM ET
David Hearn 5:10 AM ET
Ryan Palmer 5:21 AM ET
Tomohiro Kondo 5:21 AM ET
Brett Rumford 5:21 AM ET
Peter Uihlein 5:32 AM ET
Marc Warren 5:32 AM ET
John Singleton 5:32 AM ET
Juvic Pagunsan 5:43 AM ET
Kristoffer Broberg 5:43 AM ET
Paul McKechnie 5:43 AM ET
Rhein Gibson 5:54 AM ET
Brian Harman 5:54 AM ET
Hyung-Tae Kim 5:54 AM ET
Oscar Floren 6:05 AM ET
Yoshinobu Tsukada 6:05 AM ET
Chris Hanson 6:05 AM ET
Matthew Southgate 6:26 AM ET
Hiroshi Iwata 6:26 AM ET
Jamie McLeary 6:26 AM ET
Roberto Castro 6:37 AM ET
Victor Riu 6:37 AM ET
Tyrrell Hatton 6:37 AM ET
Shawn Stefani 6:48 AM ET
Nick Watney 6:48 AM ET
Dong-Kyu Jang 6:48 AM ET
Brendan Steele 6:59 AM ET
D.A. Points 6:59 AM ET
Y.E. Yang 6:59 AM ET
Scott Stallings 7:10 AM ET
Bryden Macpherson 7:10 AM ET
Pablo Larrazabal 7:10 AM ET
Charley Hoffman 7:21 AM ET
Michael Hoey 7:21 AM ET
George Coetzee 7:21 AM ET
Brendon de Jonge 7:32 AM ET
Brendon Todd 7:32 AM ET
Kevin Streelman 7:32 AM ET
Sandy Lyle 7:43 AM ET
Gary Woodland 7:43 AM ET
Kevin Stadler 7:43 AM ET
Brandt Snedeker 7:54 AM ET
Cheng Tsung Pan 7:54 AM ET
Graham Delaet 7:54 AM ET
A-Shun Wu 8:05 AM ET
Boo Weekley 8:05 AM ET
Danny Willett 8:05 AM ET
Chris Kirk 8:16 AM ET
Jonas Blixt 8:16 AM ET
J.B. Holmes 8:16 AM ET
Bill Haas 8:27 AM ET
Thongchai Jaidee 8:27 AM ET
Miguel Jimenez 8:27 AM ET
Jason Day 8:38 AM ET
Martin Kaymer 8:38 AM ET
Zach Johnson 8:38 AM ET
Webb Simpson 8:54 AM ET
Jamie Donaldson 8:54 AM ET
Yusaku Miyazato 8:54 AM ET
Ernie Els 9:05 AM ET
Bubba Watson 9:05 AM ET
Phil Mickelson 9:05 AM ET
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 9:16 AM ET
Billy Horschel 9:16 AM ET
Russell Henley 9:16 AM ET
Adam Scott 9:27 AM ET
Jason Dufner 9:27 AM ET
Justin Rose 9:27 AM ET
Ryo Ishikawa 9:38 AM ET
Lee Westwood 9:38 AM ET
Keegan Bradley 9:38 AM ET
John Senden 9:49 AM ET
Kevin Na 9:49 AM ET
Joost Luiten 9:49 AM ET
Tommy Fleetwood 10:00 AM ET
Ross Fisher 10:00 AM ET
John Daly 10:00 AM ET
Mark Wiebe 10:11 AM ET
Rafael Cabrera Bello 10:11 AM ET
Paul Dunne 10:11 AM ET
Oliver Fisher 10:22 AM ET
Shane Lowry 10:22 AM ET
Chesson Hadley 10:22 AM ET
Richard Sterne 10:33 AM ET
George McNeill 10:33 AM ET
Chris Stroud 10:33 AM ET
Matthew Baldwin 10:44 AM ET
Gregory Bourdy 10:44 AM ET
Jin Jeong 10:44 AM ET
Billy Hurley III 10:55 AM ET
Rhys Enoch 10:55 AM ET
Justin Walters 10:55 AM ET
Byeong-Hun An 11:06 AM ET
Scott Jamieson 11:06 AM ET
Chris Rodgers 11:06 AM ET

ESPN

 

Predictions

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

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. 

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

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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