Round 1 of the 2016 British Open begins on Thursday, July 14, as the world's top golfers compete in the oldest championship in the sport.
Per the Telegraph, the players will share a purse of £6.5 million. The winner will receive £1,175,000 of that, while the runner-up will take home £675,000.
Sky Sports will be broadcasting the entirety of the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon Golf Club, with live coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. BST on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday, coverage will begin at 8 a.m. BST, and the final day will start at 7.30 a.m.
Read on for a closer look at how the third major of the year is shaping up, but first here are all the tee times for the first two rounds courtesy of Kyle Porter of CBS Sports:
|2016 British Open Tee Off Times|
|Round 1 (BST/ET)||Round 2 (BST/ET)||Players|
|6:35 a.m./1:35 a.m.||11:36 a.m./6:36 a.m.||Colin Montgomerie, Marc Leishman, Luke Donald|
|6:46 a.m./1:46 a.m.||11:47 a.m./6:47 a.m.||Steven Alker, Marcus Fraser, Sanghee Lee|
|6:57 a.m./1:57 a.m.||11:58 a.m./6:58 a.m.||Jeunghun Wang, Jon Rahn, Ryan Palmer|
|7:08 a.m./2:08 a.m.||12:09 p.m./7:09 a.m.||Sandy Lyle, Scott Gregory, David Duval|
|7:08 a.m./2:19 a.m.||12:20 p.m./7:20 a.m.||Richie Ramsay, Danny Lee, Harris English|
|7:30 a.m./2:30 a.m.||12:31 p.m./7:31 a.m.||Alex Noren, Steven Bowditch, Kevin Chappell|
|7:30 a.m./2:41 a.m.||12:42 p.m./7:42 a.m.||Darren Clarke, Thorbjorn Olesen, Jim Furyk|
|7:52 a.m./2:52 a.m.||12:53 p.m./7:53 a.m.||Justin Thomas, David Lingmerth, Kiradech Aphibarnrat|
|8:30 a.m./3:30 a.m.||1:04 p.m./8:04 a.m.||Branden Grace, Patrick Reed, Byeong Hun An|
|8:14 a.m./3:14 a.m.||1:15 p.m/8:15 a.m.||Paul Lawrie, Brandt Snedeker, Thongchai Jaidee|
|8:25 a.m./3:25 a.m.||1:26 p.m./8:26 a.m.||Padraig Harrington, Louis Oosthuizen, Jamie Donaldson|
|8:36 a.m./3:36 a.m.||1:37 p.m./8:37 a.m.||Scott Piercy, Paul Dunne, Jamie Lovemark|
|8:47 a.m./3:47 a.m.||1:48 p.m./8:48 a.m.||Victor Dubuisson, Jimmy Walker, Scott Hend|
|9:03 a.m./4:03 a.m.||2:04 p.m./9:04 a.m.||Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Shane Lowry|
|9:14 a.m./4:14 a.m.||2:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.||Ross Fisher, Steve Stricker, Vijay Singh|
|9:25 a.m./4:25 a.m.||2:26 p.m./9:26 a.m.||Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day|
|9:36 a.m./4:36 a.m.||2:37 p.m./9:37 a.m.||Rory McIlroy, Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson|
|9:47 a.m./4:47 a.m.||2:48 p.m./9:48 a.m.||Gary Woodland, James Morrison, Soomin Lee|
|9:58 a.m./4:58 a.m.||2:59 p.m./9:59 a.m.||Smylie Kaufman, Chris Kirk, George Coetzee|
|10:09 a.m./5:09 a.m.||3:10 p.m./10:10 a.m.||Billy Horschel, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Hideto Tanihara|
|10:20 a.m./5:20 a.m.||3:21 p.m./10:21 a.m.||Matteo Manassero, Shugo Imahira, Russell Henley|
|10:31 a.m./5:31 a.m.||3:32 p.m./10:32 a.m.||Kodai Ichihara, Robert Rock, William McGirt|
|10:42 a.m./5:42 a.m.||3:43 p.m./10:43 a.m.||Brendan Steele, Richard Stene, Matt Jones|
|10:53 a.m./5:53 a.m.||3:54 p.m./10:54 a.m.||Patton Kizzire, Nicolas Colsaerts, Rod Pampling|
|11:04 a.m./6:04 a.m.||4:05 p.m./11:05 a.m.||Dave Coupland, Nathan Holman, Phachara Khongwatmai|
|11:15 a.m./6:15 a.m.||4:16 p.m./11:16 a.m.||Scott Fernandez, Rikard Karlberg, Haydn Porteous|
|11:36 a.m./6:36 a.m.||6:35 a.m./1:35 a.m.||Greg Chalmers, Kristoffer Broberg, Clement Sordet|
|11:47 a.m./6:47 a.m.||6:46 a.m./1:46 a.m.||David Howell, Seung Yul Noh, Tony Finau|
|11:58 a.m./6:58 a.m.||6:57 a.m./1:57 a.m.||Jordan Niebrugge, Nick Cullen, Robert Streb|
|12:09 p.m./7:09 a.m.||7:08 a.m./2:08 a.m.||Ben Curtis, Stefano Mazzoli, John Daly|
|12:20 p.m./7:20 a.m.||7:19 a.m./2:19 a.m.||Francesco Molinari, Kevin Kisner, K.T. Kim|
|12:31 p.m./7:31 a.m.||7:30 a.m./2:30 a.m.||Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard, Mark Calcavecchia|
|12:42 p.m./7:42 a.m.||7:41 a.m./2:41 a.m.||Soren Kjeldsen, Lasse Jensen, Bill Haas|
|12:53 p.m./7:53 a.m.||7:52 a.m./2:52 a.m.||Paul Casey, Charl Schwartzel, Kevin Na|
|1:04 p.m./8:04 a.m.||8:03 a.m./3:03 a.m.||Emiliano Grillo, Joost Luiten, Charley Hoffman|
|1:15 p.m./8:15 a.m.||8:14 a.m./3:14 a.m.||Graeme McDowell, Matt Kuchar, Andrew Johnston|
|1:26 p.m./8:26 a.m.||8:25 a.m./3:25 a.m.||Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els|
|1:37 p.m./8:37 a.m.||8:36 a.m./3:36 a.m.||Satoshi Kodaira, James Hahn, Andy Sullivan|
|1:48 p.m./8:48 a.m.||8:47 a.m./3:47 a.m.||Ryan Moore, Bernd Wiesberger, Tommy Fleetwood|
|2:04 p.m./9:04 a.m.||9:03 a.m./4:03 a.m.||Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Russell Knox|
|2:15 p.m./9:15 a.m.||9:14 a.m./4:14 a.m.||Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson|
|2:26 p.m./9:26 a.m.||9:25 a.m./4:25 a.m.||Chris Wood, Yusaku Miyazato, Mark O'Meara|
|2:37 p.m./9:37 a.m.||9:36 a.m./4:36 a.m.||Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jason Dufner, Marc Warren|
|2:48 p.m./9:48 a.m.||9:47 a.m./4:47 a.m.||Anirban Lahiri, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley|
|2:59 p.m./9:59 a.m.||9:58 a.m./4:58 a.m.||Webb Simpson, Yuta Ikeda, Thomas Pieters|
|3:10 p.m./10:10 a.m.||10:09 a.m./5:09 a.m.||Rafael Cabrera-Bello, J.B. Holmes, Brandon Stone|
|3:21 p.m./10:21 a.m.||10:20 a.m./5:20 a.m.||Marco Dawson, Matthew Southgate, Yosuke Tsukada|
|3:32 p.m./10:32 a.m.||10:31 a.m./5:31 a.m.||Jack Senior, James Heath, Brian Gay|
|3:43 p.m./10:43 a.m.||10:42 a.m./5:42 a.m.||Jim Herman, Fabian Gomez, Anthony Wall|
|3:54 p.m./10:54 a.m.||10:53 a.m./5:53 a.m.||Paul Howard, Daniel Summerhays, Colt Knost|
|4:05 p.m./11:05 a.m.||11:04 a.m./6:04 a.m.||Oskar Arvidsson, Harold Varner III, Tyrrell Hatton|
|4:16 p.m./11:16 a.m.||11:15 a.m./6:15 a.m.||Ryan Evans, Callum Shinkwin, Zander Lombard|
Last year, Zach Johnson lifted the Claret Jug after winning a thrilling play-off with Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen.
The American will be pursuing the championship again this year as he looks to join the elite crop of players to successfully defend their title, but he'll face serious competition with the likes of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Rory McIlroy also in the hunt.
On Monday, he had to return the trophy, per The Open's official Twitter feed:
Per Odds Shark, despite winning The Open last year, Johnson isn't considered among the favourites to win it—not even close, in fact, at 50-1.
The 40-year-old believes that while he certainly has room to improve, he thrives on high-pressure situations and that could still make him a contender, per USA Today's Steve DiMeglio:
Everybody talks about this guy’s got so much talent or he is more talented than the next because he hits it far and he is straight and he is athletic. Yeah, I get that. There is also a mental talent and fortitude and working on your mental side. And that is something I strive to get better at, and God knows I can get better at it. I think that is something I have always relished, the fact that I think I can withstand the difficult, difficult tests taken for what they are. Some guys fold; some guys falter.
I love being in difficult situations and having to execute. In basketball terms, I want the ball. I want the last shot. I am not suggesting I am going to make it, but I am not going to pass it and I am going to shoot it. I like that mentality. That is the way I was raised.
Indeed, it was his ability to come through in clutch moments that helped him secure last year's play-off. Such mental strength is always a huge help, and on Royal Troon's links course that will be no exception.
Similarly, the ability to adapt to ever-changing conditions is a must to succeed at links golf, as noted by McIlroy ahead of The Open, per Sky Sports Golf:
The 27-year-old is adept at battling the elements, so it could play into his hands if it's a wet and windy weekend.
Further, he also has experience of winning The Open, having lifted the Claret Jug in 2014, and this will be his first return to the competition after being unable to compete last year due to injury.
Meanwhile, Spieth will also have a point to prove after narrowly missing out on the play-off last year and his disappointing showing at the U.S. Open in June.
He has otherwise been in exceptional form this season, though, per the PGA Tour:
Along with Day and Dustin Johnson, Spieth and McIlroy could all still be in contention come Sunday.
Zach Johnson shouldn't be ruled out either, and there may well be another thrilling finale this year.