Aussie first round tee times, stats at The Open 2017

SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - APRIL 24: The Claret Jug, the Open Championship trophy, in front of the clubhouse at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, the host course for the 2017 Open Championship during a Media day for the 146th Open Championship on April 24, 2017 in Southport, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The Claret Jug in front of the clubhouse at Royal Birkdale Golf Club (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia will be well represented at the 146th Open Championship with 11 Australians and two New Zealanders teeing it up.

Among them is 2016 ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit winner Matthew Griffin, current New Zealand Open champion Michael Hendry and our trio of qualifiers from the 2016 Emirates Australian Open; Cameron Smith, Aaron Baddeley and Ashley Hall.

The 146th Open will tee off at Royal Birkdale at 3.35pm AEST on Thursday 20 July.

Australasian tee times:
11.47am  8.47pm   John Daly (USA), Adam Bland (AUS), Connor Syme (am)(SCO)
12.09pm  9.09pm   Matt Griffin (AUS), Austin Connelly (CAN), Matthew Southgate (ENG)
12.20pm  9.20pm   Cameron Smith (AUS), Bill Haas (USA), Callum Shinkwin (ENG)
12.31pm  9.31pm   Michael Hendry (NZ), Brian Harman (USA), Martin Laird (SCO)
12.53pm  9.53pm   Tyrell Hatton (ENG), Martin Kaymer (GER), Aaron Baddeley (AUS)
1.04pm    10.04pm Zach Johnson (USA), Jason Day (AUS), Sergio Garcia (ESP)
1.26pm    10.26pm Rickie Fowler (USA), Adam Scott (AUS), Paul Casey (ENG)
1.37pm    10.37pm Matt Kuchar (USA), Richard Ramsay (SCO), Ryan Fox (NZ)
3.10pm    12.10am Phil Mickelson (USA), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Marc Leishman (AUS)
3.21pm    12.21am Scott Hend (AUS), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (ESP), Bubba Watson (USA)
3.43pm    12.43am Giwhan Kim (KOR), Xander Schauffele (USA), Andrew Dodt (AUS)
4.05pm    1.05am  Jbe Kruger (RSA), Nick McCarthy (ENG), Ash Hall (AUS)
4.16pm    1.16am  Ryan McCarthy (AUS), Canter Laurie (ENG), Sebastian Munoz (COL)

Jason Day
World ranking: 6

PGA Pro Coach: Colin Swatton

Number of tournaments played this year: 13 (PGA TOUR)

Best finish this year: 2nd – AT&T Byron Nelson

Last victory: 15 May 2016 – THE PLAYERS Championship  – PGA TOUR

How he got in the field: Being ranked in the first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking at week 21, 2017.

Record at The Open
2010      T60
2011      T30
2012      DNP
2013      T32
2014      T58
2015      T4
2016      T22

Adam Scott
World ranking: 15

PGA Pro Coach: Matthew Ballard

Number of tournaments played this year: 10 (PGA TOUR)

Best finish this year: T6 – THE PLAYERS Championship

Last victory: 6 March 2016 – World Golf Championships – Cadillac Championship

How he got in the field: Being ranked in the first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking at week 21, 2017.

Record at The Open
2000      Missed Cut (MC)
2001      T47
2002      MC
2003      MC
2004      T42
2005      T34
2006      T8
2007      T27
2008      T16
2009      MC
2010      T27
2011      T25
2012      2nd
2013      T3
2014      T5
2015      T10
2016      T43

Marc Leishman
World ranking: 34

PGA Pro Coach: Denis McDade

Number of tournaments played this year: 16 (PGA TOUR)

Best finish this year: 1st – Arnold Palmer Invitational

Last victory: 19 March, 2017 – Arnold Palmer Invitational – PGA TOUR

How he got in the field:  Being ranked in the first 50 players on the Official World Golf Ranking at week 21, 2017.

Record at The Open
2010      T60
2011      DNP
2012      MC
2013      MC
2014      T5
2015      T2
2016      T53

Ryan Fox
World ranking: 95

PGA Pro Coach: Marcus Wheelhouse

Number of tournaments played this year: 2 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia
15 – European Tour

Best finish this year: T4 – Irish Open and Scottish Open

Last victory:  31 July 2016 – Northern Ireland Open

How he got in the field: Open Qualifying Series Ireland – Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2017.  Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties.

Record at The Open
2015      T49

Scott Hend
World ranking: 106

Number of tournaments played this year: 13 (European Tour)

Best finish this year: T20 – Irish Open (European Tour)

Last victory: 19 June, 2016 – Queen’s Cup – Asian Tour

How he got in the field: One of first 30 in the Race to Dubai Rankings for 2016.

Record at The Open
2005      MC
2015      MC
2016      T72

Michael Hendry
World ranking: 110

PGA Pro Coach: Marcus Wheelhouse
Number of tournaments played this year: 3 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia
8 – Japan Golf Tour

Best finish this year: 1st – ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open

Last victory: 12 March 2017 – ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia

How he got in the field: Open Qualifying Series Japan – Mizuno Open 2017.  Four Places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt who finish in the top 12 and ties

Record at The Open: Debut

Aaron Baddeley
World ranking: 152

PGA Pro Coach: Denis McDade

Number of tournaments played this year: 14 – PGA TOUR

Best finish this year: 5 – Valero Texas Open

Last victory:  17 July 2016 – Barbasol Championship

How he got in the field: Open Qualifying Series Australia – Emirates Open 2016.  Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties.

Record at The Open
2001      MC
2004      MC
2006      MC
2007      MC
2008      MC
2011      MC
2012      T69

Andrew Dodt
World ranking: 154

PGA Pro Coach: Jim Barden

Number of tournaments played this year: 2 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia
11 – European Tour

Best finish this year:  T4 Scottish Open
Last victory:  15 February 2015 – True Thailand Classic presented by Black Mountain
How he got in the field:  Top-3 finishers and anyone tying from the Scottish Open not already exempt.
Record at The Open: Debut

Cameron Smith
World ranking: 161
PGA Pro Coach: Grant Field

Number of tournaments played this year: 15 – PGA TOUR

Best finish this year: 1 – Zurich Classic of New Orleans

Last victory: 30 April 2017 – Zurich Classic of New Orleans – PGA TOUR

How he got in the field: Open Qualifying Series Australia – Emirates Open 2016.  Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties.

Record at The Open: Debut

Adam Bland
World ranking: 279

PGA Pro Coach: Matthew Ballard

Number of tournaments played this year: 3 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, 10 – Japan Golf Tour

Best finish this year: T2 Oates Vic Open – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia

Last victory: 17 May 2015 – Japan PGA Championship Nissan Cupnoodle Cup

How he got in the field: Open Qualifying Series Japan – Mizuno Open 2017.  Four Places to the leading four players (not otherwise exempt who finish in the top 12 and ties

Record at The Open
2006      MC
2015      MC

Ashley Hall
World ranking: 373

PGA Pro Coach: Denis McDade

Number of tournaments played this year: 8 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia

Best finish this year: T9 – TX Civil & Logistics WA PGA Championship – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia

Last victory: 14 Feburary 2016 – Victorian PGA Championship – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia

How he got in the field: Open Qualifying Series Australia – Emirates Open 2016.  Three places to the leading three players (not otherwise exempt) who finish in the top 10 and ties.

Record at The Open
2012      MC

Matthew Griffin
World ranking: 464

PGA Pro Coach: Denis McDade

Number of tournaments played this year: 4 – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, 7 – Japan Golf Tour,  1 – WGC

Best finish this year:  T6 – Victorian PGA Championship and ISPS HAND New Zealand Open

Last victory:  13 March 2015 – BMW ISPS HANDA New Zealand Open – ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia

How he got in the field: First and anyone tying for 1st place on the Order of Merit of the Tour of Australasia for 2016.

Record at The Open: Debut

Ryan McCarthy
World ranking: 1357

PGA Pro Coach: Gary Barter

Number of tournaments played this year: 9 – European Challenge Tour, 2 – European Tour

Best finish this year:  T22 Swiss Challenge presented by ASG – European Challenge Tour

Last victory: Yet to record a professional victory

How he got in the field: Final Qualifying Gailes Links.  Three qualifying places are available into The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale from Final Qualifying at Gailes Links

Record at The Open: Debut

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