The fate of Australian hopes at The Open may lay in the laps of the weather gods after all 11 were given afternoon tee times for their opening round.
Few golf tournaments are as affected by the weather as The Open. Traditionally played on wind-swept links golf courses, the chances of a player getting his hands on The Claret Jug can be decided by the time at which they tee off on Thursday and Friday.
The large 156-man field can mean that a player teeing off in the morning can vastly different playing conditions to those teeing off in the afternoon.
In a remarkable draw, all 10 of the 11 Australians in the field this week at Royal Birkdale for the 146th Open will be teeing off in the afternoon. Only Adam Bland will tee off before midday, at 11:47am.
If the weather gods decide that a blustery Thursday afternoon and Friday morning is on the cards, the chances of any Australian golfers raising the The Claret Jug on Sunday would be severely dented.
Adam Bland will lead the Aussies out at 11:47am (8:47pm AEST) with Ryan McCarthy going out in the final group over three hours later at 4:16pm (1:16am).
Australian Tee times – Australian Eastern Standard Time
8:47pm John Daly, Adam Bland, Connor Syme (a)
9:09pm Matthew Griffin, Austin Connelly, Matthew Southgate
9:20pm Cameron Smith, Bill Haas, Callum Shinkwin
9:53pm Tyrell Hatton, Martin Kaymer, Aaron Baddeley
10:04pm Zach Johnson, Jason Day, Sergio Garcia
10.26pm Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Paul Casey
12:10am Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari, Marc Leishman
12:21am Scott Hend, Rafael Cabrero-Bello, Bubba Watson
12:43am Giwhan Kim, Xander Schauffele, Andrew Dodt
1:05am Jbe Kruger, Nick McCarthy, Ashley Hall
1:16am Ryan McCarthy, Laurie Canter, Sebastian Munoz