Mickelson grouped with Jaidee, Lowry in Scotland

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Phil Mickelson begins his quest to win a second Scottish Open title in four years, when he goes out alongside Thongchai Jaidee and Shane Lowry in the first two rounds at Castle Stuart.

Mickelson won the last time this site played host, in 2013. Jaidee won last week’s event at the 100th Open de France, while Lowry was trying to defend his title overseas at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

The trio will go out at 8:15 a.m. ET, 1:15 p.m. local time, off the first tee on Thursday. They will play at 3:15 a.m. ET off the 10th tee on Friday.

Here’s a look at more featured groups. Golf Channel coverage begins at 5:30 a.m. ET on Thursday.

(All times ET)

8:25 a.m. Thursday (No. 1)/3:25 a.m. Friday (No. 10): Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson, Chris Wood

Kaymer won this event at Loch Lomond in 2009. Stenson ended an 18-month winless drought two weeks ago in Germany. Wood is the reigning BMW PGA champion.


8:35 a.m. Thursday (No. 1)/3:35 a.m. Friday (No. 10): Patrick Reed, Russell Knox, Branden Grace

Knox is an Inverness native. He’s joined by Reed, who has nine top-10’s on the PGA Tour but no victories this year, and by Grace, who has won on the European Tour (Qatar) and PGA Tour (RBC Heritage) in 2016.


8:55 a.m. Thursday (No. 1)/3:55 a.m. Friday (No. 10): Padraig Harrington, Andrew Johnston, Colin Montgomerie

Harrington is a two-time winner of The Open and Monty recently qualified for next week’s major. "Beef" Johnston has become a social media celebrity and will also be at Royal Troon.