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The Open: Schwartzel tees off alongside Johnson, McIlroy

McIlroy, who won the Open at Hoylake in 2014, comes into this year's event in poor form, having missed the cuts at both the Irish Open and the Scottish Open in the last two weeks.

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa plays his shot from the tenth tee during the second round of the 2017 US Open at Erin Hills on 16 June 2017 in Hartford. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Charl Schwartzel will tee off alongside current world number one Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy for the first two rounds of the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.

The group will tee off at 3:48pm South African local time on Thursday.

McIlroy, who won the Open at Hoylake in 2014, comes into this year's event in poor form, having missed the cuts at both the Irish Open and the Scottish Open in the last two weeks.

The Northern Irishman also missed the cut at the US Open, as did Johnson.

The morning begins for South Africa with Darren Fichardt teeing off with Tom Lehman from the USA and Korea’s An Byeong-Hun at 08:19am.

Afterwards, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen and Ernie Els will all take to the first tee at 08:52am, 10:58am and 1:42pm, respectively.

Another group that will attract a lot of attention will comprise of Masters champion Sergio Garcia, former world number one Jason Day and 2015 Open champion Zach Johnson.