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Rory McIlroy paired with Dustin Johnson at The Open

Rory McIlroy will play alongside world number one Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzel during the first two rounds of The Open at Birkdale.

Rory McIlroy has been placed alongside Dustin Johnson and Charl Schwartzel for the first two rounds of The Open at Birkdale.

The four-time Major champion has struggled for form in recent weeks, but he remains in the standout group in the North-West of England as he plays the opening 36 holes with the world number one and the 2011 Masters champion.

That group goes off at 2.48pm, BST, but last year's winner Henrik Stenson goes out at 9.47am with two-time Major holder Jordan Spieth and Kim Si-woo.

Sergio Garcia plays alongside Jason Day and 2015 champion Zach Johnson at 1.04pm, while Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood feature in a popular threesome at 2.59pm.

Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and Paul Casey will tee off at 1.26pm on Thursday, while US Open champion Brooks Koepka will hope for a fast start when he plays with Hideki Matsuyama and Tommy Fleetwood at 10.09am.

Padraig Harrington - who won this tournament in 2008 when it was last held at Birkdale - features alongside Pat Perez and Thomas Pieters at 9.36am.

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Tuesday's key events

· Team GB trio Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jess Learmonth all have realistic medal hopes in the women's event (10.30pm-1am)

· After an impressive opening day, Great Britain play their final group game against a Fiji side level with them at the top of the pool, but also yet to hit their brilliant best (1.30am)

· After disappointment for friend and housemate Jade Jones, Bianca Walkden will go for gold in the women's +67kg category (2am-2.30pm)
· Mahama Cho is another medal contender for Team GB in the men's +80kg class (2am-2.30pm)

· Team GB's Duncan Scott has the chance to claim his first individual Olympic medal in the men's 200m freestyle final. Teammate Tom Dean is also involved. (2.43am)
· Kathleen Dawson is the Team GB representative in the women's 100m backstroke final (2.51am)

· Eden Cheng and Lois Toulson will look to emulate Tom Daley and Matty Lee's success in the women's 10m synchro final (7am-8am)

· Three-time Olympic champion Charlotte Dujardin is part of a Team GB team going for gold in the dressage team Grand Prix final (9.30am)

· Superstar Simone Biles leads the United States side in the women's team final (11.45am-2.10pm)

· Team GB's women's team play their final group game, taking on Canada with qualification for the knockout rounds already secured (12pm)

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