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Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Matthew Fitzpatrick  (Getty Images)
Matthew Fitzpatrick (Getty Images)

The defending champion, most recent champion and most successful British champion in the field line up together in the pick of the morning tee times for the opening round of the British Masters at The Grove on Thursday.

The 8.10am tee time from the tenth sees last year’s winner and Ryder Cup rookie Matt Fitzpatrick joined by Tyrrell Hatton, who captured his maiden European Tour title in style last week at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, and Lee Westwood, the former World Number One whose 2007 British Masters victory was one of 23 European Tour titles to date.

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Scotland’s Craig Lee will get the first tour event to be played at The Grove for a decade under way with the first tee shot at 7.40am on Thursday teeing off with George Coetzee and Paul Peterson.

In addition to the feature English trio, other key groups to look out for in the morning include big-hitting Bernd Wiesberger, Søren Kjeldsen and Thongchai Jaidee at 8.20am followed by recent KLM Open winner Joost Luiten, Thorbjørn Olesen and Richard Bland.

Tournament host and former World Number One Luke Donald headlines the afternoon tee times, starting out at 12.25 in the company of two Ryder Cup rookies, Andy Sullivan and Chris Wood in another all British grouping.

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Ten minutes earlier Graeme McDowell and Victor Dubuisson, who combined so well at The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in winning their two matches, are reunited and play with Shane Lowry at 12.15, while in-form Alex Noren, twice a winner this season, and fans’ favourite Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston tee-up alongside Masters Champion Danny Willett in the 12.35 tee time.

Two more Major Champions take to the course shortly after that at 12.55 when 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie and 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman hit the course with Rikard Karlberg.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1NOREN, AlexSWE18-18
2WIESBERGER, BerndAUT18-16
3WESTWOOD, LeeENG18-15
T4LEVY, AlexanderFRA18-13
T4MCDOWELL, GraemeNIR18-13
T4FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-13

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