McIlroy will be backed by fervent home support at Portrush, where he set a course-record 61 as a 16-year-old in 2005. In his threesome is Paul Casey and Woodland, who won his first major last month at Pebble Beach. Tiger Woods will start his quest for a fourth British Open championship alongside fellow American Patrick Reed, while home favorite Rory McIlroy joins U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland for the first two rounds at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.Woods, who won a 15th major title at the Masters in April, tees off at 3:10 p.m. local time (10:10 a.m. ET) alongside the man who presented him with his latest green jacket and Matt Wallace of England. They’ll tee off at 5:09 a.m. ET Friday. 2014 Champion Golfer @McilroyRory tees off at 10:09 with US Open champion @GaryWoodland and Englishman @Paul_Casey #TheOpenFor the full list of tee times click here https://t.co/CGXiWpxYxi — The Open (@TheOpen) 15 July 2019Reigning champion Francesco Molinari starts his defense shortly before 10 a.m. local time (4:58 a.m. ET) Thursday, and the Italian has Bryson DeChambeau and Adam Scott for company in a marquee group.Four-time major winner and world No. 1 Brooks Koepka has been paired with 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen and Shubhankar Sharma, while Dustin Johnson is alongside Jason Day and Keegan Bradley.The honor of the opening tee shot goes to local hero Darren Clarke, who clinched the Claret Jug eight years ago.