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Mickelson grouped with Donald, Luiten in Scotland


Phil Mickelson’s Scottish Open defense will begin alongside Luke Donald and Ryder Cup hopeful Joost Luiten

The trio will go off at 3:20 a.m. ET Thursday at Royal Aberdeen. Their second-round tee time is scheduled for 8 a.m. 

Mickelson won at Castle Stuart last year, then completed the improbable double dip with a stirring final round at Muirfield. 

Complete Scottish Open tee times

Jimmy Walker, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Ian Poulter (3:30 a.m.) go off 10 minutes after the Mickelson group, with Rory McIlroy, Jamie Donaldson and Thongchai Jaidee (3:40 a.m.) another 10 minutes after that. 

Justin Rose, at No. 6 the highest-ranked player in the field, will be paired with Lee Westwood and Stephen Gallacher for the first two rounds. They tee off at 8 a.m. ET Thursday (3:20 a.m. Friday).

Following that group is the threesome of Thomas Bjorn, Victor Dubuisson and Rickie Fowler (8:10 a.m.).