McIlroy, Rahm and Rose form marquee group to open at Royal Liverpool

The Claret Jug is officially back to winning.

The British Open kicks off early Thursday morning from Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, England, marking the fourth and final major championship of the season. This is the third British Open held at Royal Liverpool this century, won by Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy.

While Woods is still recovering from surgery and will be watching from home, McIlroy is coming off a win last week at the Genesis Scottish Open. They will be front and center this week and will be one of the leading groups to kick off the tournament. McIlroy will join defending Masters champion Jon Rahm and former US Open champion Justin Rose, teeing off Thursday at 9:59 a.m. ET.

The British Open returns to Royal Liverpool this week for the first time in nearly a decade

The British Open returns to Royal Liverpool this week for the first time in almost a decade (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Here are the notable groups for the first two rounds of the tournament:

Notable British Open bands

Thursday departure times, every hour ET

4:03 a.m .: Jordan Spieth, Matt Fitzpatrick, Jason Day
4:36: Patrick Cantlay, Brooks Koepka, Hideki Matsuyama
4:47: Scottie Scheffler, Tommy Fleetwood, Adam Scott
4:58: Cam Smith, Xander Schauele, Wyndham Clark
5:09: Shane Lowry, Rickie Fowler, Robert MacIntyre
5:20 am: Cameron Young, Si Woo Kim, Bryson DeChambeau
9:59 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose
10:10 am: Collin Morikawa, Max Homa, Tyrrell Hatton
10:21 am: Phil Mickelson, Nick Taylor, Adam Schenk

For a complete list of departure times, click here. The British Open starts at 1:35 a.m. ET on Thursday.

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