British Open 2019: Tee Times, Pairings and Predictions for Sunday Schedule

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 20, 2019

Ireland's Shane Lowry celebrates after winning the third round of the British Open golf Championships at Royal Portrush golf club in Northern Ireland on July 20, 2019. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Shane Lowry and Tommy Fleetwood will be the final pairing to start Round 4 of the 2019 Open Championship on Sunday, ahead of the duo of J.B. Holmes and Brooks Koepka.

Lowry has a four-shot lead over Fleetwood after a sensational round of eight under on Saturday, taking his total score to 16 under. The two will start their round at 1:47 p.m. local time/8:47 a.m. ET. First tee is at 7:32 a.m. BST/2:32 a.m. ET.

Here are a few select groups and their tee times. For the full list, visit the PGA Tour's official website (all times BST/ET). 

1:07 p.m./8:07 a.m.: Tony Finau, Jon Rahm

1:17 p.m./8:17 a.m.: Lee Westwood, Danny Willett

1:27 p.m./8:27 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose

1:37 p.m./8:37 a.m.: Brooks Koepka, J.B. Holmes

1:47 p.m./8:47 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Tommy Fleetwood

Here is a look at the top of the leaderboard:

Ian Abrahams (Moose) @BroadcastMoose

The Open Leaderboard after 3 days. Think I might risk a fiver tomorrow on ⁦@ShaneLowryGolf⁩ to win https://t.co/upezvHr8IW

The full leaderboard can be found on the Open's official website.

Per The Open Championship's official Twitter account, Sunday's tee times have been moved forward in an attempt to beat poor weather expected in the afternoon:

The Open @TheOpen

Announcement 📢 Sunday tee times have been moved forward due to the adverse weather forecast. The first tee time will be at 7:32am with the leaders beginning their final round at 1.47pm #TheOpen https://t.co/5SHjs3SACX

Such conditions could play to the advantage of some of the early starters, with the favourites possibly battling the weather on the back nine.

Lowry put himself in pole position with one of the best rounds of his career on Saturday, riding his putter to a phenomenal score of eight under.

The Irishman was excellent in the short game throughout the day:

GOLF.com @GOLF_com

Shane Lowry has taken his game to another level so far this week. https://t.co/K1oCKG1wEd

Lowry has made just three bogeys in his three rounds combined and is in a fantastic position to win his first major. He'll be among those hoping the rains don't arrive too soon.

His playing partner on Sunday will be Fleetwood, who carded a great round of five under:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Solo second. ✍️🏻 Tommy Fleetwood will play in the final group tomorrow. #TheOpen https://t.co/5n3kBdfr7J

He too avoided bogeys, playing his second error-free round so far. With a four-shot gap to overcome, he'll have his work cut out for him.

Majors specialist Koepka moved into a tie for fourth place with Justin Rose, but both already chase Lowry by seven shots and must hope the Irishman falters on Sunday.

Koepka's round could have been a lot better, but his short game let him down:

Golf Digest @GolfDigest

"I don't think anybody in the field has hit it better than me." Despite hitting 78% of greens in regulation, Brooks Koepka cards a third-round 67 after struggling with his putter. https://t.co/eKLuEkDv6N https://t.co/VRc6CHMcyZ

Improvements with his putter could see another surge from the American, who has the raw power to deal with inclement weather and has been excellent with his approach play.

Prediction: Lowry has a significant lead, but he'll have to battle his nerves, the weather and some serious talent just behind him. Fleetwood pips him to the post in a dramatic final round.


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