The British Open Championship has officially kicked off yesterday, the tournament is at Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland and the T.V Coverage of the 2013 British Open will start at 4:00 a.m ET on ESPN with Live Online Streaming available on ESPN 3.
Morning groups had a distinct advantage in the first round due to course conditions becoming increasingly difficult as the day went on.
With warm weather and plenty of sunlight on Thursday, Zach Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, took advantage of easier morning conditions, shooting a 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead.
Zach Johnson shot a 5-under 66 to take the first-round lead. (Photo:Peter Morrison/AP)
Johnson holds a one-stroke lead over Rafael Cabrera-Bello and Mark O'Meara.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez, India's Shiv Kapur and Americans Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker and 1996 champion Tom Lehman ended another stroke adrift on three under.
Tiger Woods recovered from a penalty drop following a poor drive at the first to shoot a two-under 69 in conditions he described as "progressively more difficult" as the course dried out.
Tiger Woods recovered from a penalty drop following a poor drive at the first to shoot a two-under 69 on first day at the British Open (Photo: Jon Super/AP)
"It was tough," said Woods, who has now been under par in five of his past six opening rounds at major championships. "And I'm very pleased to shoot anything even par or better."
England's Luke Donald, the man McIlroy duelled with for the number one spot for much of last season, ended on 80.
Woods, O'Meara and Kapur should have an advantage on Friday. All three will tee off in the morning pairings and should have more favorable conditions.
Here are the tee-off start times and schedule, all times Eastern.
1:32 a.m. Johnson Wagner, Danny Willett, Y.E. Yang
1:43 a.m. Oscar Floren, Lucas Glover, Thaworn Wiratchant
1:54 a.m. Niclas Fasth, Sandy Lyle, Boo Weekley
2:05 a.m. Grant Forrest, Marcus Fraser, Mark O'Meara
2:16 a.m. Freddie Jacobson, Thongchai Jaidee, Tom Lehman
2:27 a.m. Marc Leishman, Justin Leonard, Rhys Pugh
2:38 a.m. Kyle Stanley, Alvaro Quiros
2:49 a.m. Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jordan Spieth
3:00 a.m. Padraig Harrington, Richie Ramsay, Michael Thompson
3:11 a.m. Darren Clarke, Martin Laird, Vijay Singh
3:22 a.m. Steven Fox, Ryan Moore, Henrik Stenson
3:33 a.m. Jim Furyk, Paul Lawrie, Thorbjorn Olesen
3:44 a.m. Harris English, Stephen Gallacher, Geoff Ogilvy
4:00 a.m. Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood
4:11 a.m. Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Adam Scott
4:22 a.m. Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Matteo Manassero
4:33 a.m. Hiroyuki Fujita, Bill Haas
4:44 a.m. Graeme McDowell, Tiger Woods
4:55 a.m. Jamie Donaldson, Branden Grace, Webb Simpson
5:06 a.m. Francesco Molinari, Toru Taniguchi, Bo Van Pelt
5:17 a.m. D.A. Points, Brett Rumford, Marcel Siem
5:28 a.m. Mark Brown, Justin Harding, George Murray
5:39 a.m. Gregory Bourdy, Scott Jamieson, Shiv Kapur
5:50 a.m. Scott Brown, Satoshi Kodaira, Gareth Maybin
6:01 a.m. Eduardo De La Riva, Tyrrell Hatton, Kenichi Kuboya
6:12 a.m. Steve Dartnall, Darryn Lloyd, Daisuke Maruyama
6:33 a.m. Oliver Fisher, Lloyd Saltman, Peter Senior
6:44 a.m. Todd Hamilton, Robert Karlsson, Ben Stow
6:55 a.m. Thomas Aiken, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Bud Cauley
7:06 a.m. Mikko Ilonen, Brooks Koepka, A-Shun Wu
7:17 a.m. David Duval, Bernd Wiesberger, Chris Wood
7:28 a.m. Stewart Cink, Richard McEvoy, Scott Stallings
7:39 a.m. K.J. Choi, Miguel A. Jimenez, Jimmy Walker
7:50 a.m. Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Ben Curtis, Shane Lowry
8:01 a.m. Jonas Blixt, Brian Davis, Graham DeLaet
8:12 a.m. Robert Garrigus, John Senden, Marc Warren
8:23 a.m. Jason Day, Martin Kaymer, Garrick Porteous
8:34 a.m. Jason Dufner, David Lynn, Carl Pettersson
8:45 a.m. Nicolas Colsaerts, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson
9:01 a.m. Fred Couples, Nick Faldo, Tom Watson
9:12 a.m. Ernie Els, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker
9:23 a.m. Keegan Bradley, Billy Horschel, Ian Poulter
9:34 a.m. Gonzalo Fdez-Castano, Richard Sterne, Nick Watney
9:45 a.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson
9:56 a.m. Tim Clark, Scott Piercy ,Kevin Streelman
10:07 a.m. Thomas Bjorn, Zach Johnson, Shingo Katayama
10:18 a.m. Angel Cabrera, Tano Goya, Camilo Villegas
10:29 a.m. Mark Calcavecchia, George Coetzee, Ken Duke
10:40 a.m. John Huh, Brendan Jones, Hyung-Sung Kim
10:51 a.m. Jimmy Mullen, Josh Teater, Steven Tiley
11:02 a.m. Luke Guthrie, Steven Jeffress, K.T. Kim
11:13 a.m. Makoto Inoue, John Wade, Gareth Wright