Jordan Spieth, heading to St. Andrews this week looking to build on the Masters and U.S. Open championships he already captured this year, will begin his march toward history Thursday in the 144th British Open, playing alongside Dustin Johnson.
The 21-year-old Spieth is going for the third leg of the Grand Slam starting at 4:33 a.m. ET on Thursday in a group with Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama for the first two rounds of the Open Championship.
Spieth heads to The Open with momentum on his side after winning the John Deere Classic on Sunday. The Texan has four PGA Tour victories this year.
Last month at the U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, Johnson three-putted from inside of 13 feet, handing Spieth the championship by one shot.
Spieth is attempting to join Ben Hogan (1953) as the only players in the modern era to win the first three Grand Slam events in one year. Since 1960, only Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods have gone to The Open with a chance to win three straight majors in the same year, the last time in 2002 with Woods.
Woods tees off two groups after Spieth at 4:55 a.m. ET and will play the first two rounds with Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen, who was paired with Woods during the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. Oosthuizen tied for second with Johnson at the U.S. Open.