Open Championship 2016: TV Coverage & How To Watch Live Online; 6 Intriguing Groups To Watch On Day 1 & 2

Luke Norris

The Open Championship returns to Scotland's Royal Troon Golf Club for the ninth time this week as the best golfers in the world begin a dizzying stretch of high-stakes action over the next few weeks. Starting with this week's 145th Open Championship, the third leg of the major championship schedule, the world's best will only have a two-week turnaround before the final major of the year, the PGA Championship, which begins on July 28 to compensate for the Rio Olympics.

Sadly, the Rio Olympics obviously won't be as big of a deal in the golf world as the IOC originally wanted. Many of the world's highest-ranked players have chosen to skip the event, mainly due to concerns over the Zika virus, but the big guns are certainly ready to go for The Open Championship, which gets underway this Thursday.

There are plenty of great storylines heading into The Open Championship this year, but first things first. Where and when can those in North America follow along live with the action across the pond? In the past, it was somewhat difficult to get live results from overseas, and viewers would simply wait for an afternoon broadcast of The Open that had actually ended hours beforehand. In this day and age, however, it's nearly impossible not to run into up-to-the-minute details on what's happening, so here's the breakdown of live TV and online coverage so you can follow along with all of this week's major championship play.

Open Championship Round 1--Thursday, July 14, 2016

Starting Time: 1:35 AM ET

TV Coverage: 1:30 AM ET to 4:00 PM ET [Golf Channel]

Online Simulcast: 1:30 AM ET to 4:00 PM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen]

1st Tee: 1:30 AM ET to 11 AM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen-firsttee]

Featured Holes: 2:30 AM ET to 2:00 PM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen-featured]

Open Championship Round 2--Friday, July 15, 2016

Starting Time: 1:35 AM ET

TV Coverage: 1:30 AM ET to 4:00 PM ET [Golf Channel]

Online Simulcast: 1:30 AM ET to 4:00 PM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen]

1st Tee: 1:30 AM ET to 11:30 AM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen-firsttee]

Featured Holes: 3:00 AM ET to 2:30 PM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen-featured]

Marquee Groups: 4:00 AM ET to 4:00 PM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen-marqueegroups]

Open Championship Round 3--Saturday, July 16, 2016

Starting Time: 4:05 AM ET

TV Coverage: 4:00 AM ET to 7:00 AM ET [Golf Channel], 7:00 AM ET to 2:30 PM ET [NBC]

Online Simulcast: 4:00 AM ET to 2:30 PM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen]

First Tee: 4:00 AM ET to 9:30 AM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen-firsttee]

Open Championship Round 4--Sunday, July 17, 2016

Starting Time: 4:05 AM ET

TV Coverage: 4:00 AM ET to 7:00 AM ET [Golf Channel], 7:00 AM ET to 2:00 PM ET [NBC]

Online Simulcast: 4:00 AM ET to 2:00 PM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen]

First Tee: 4:00 AM ET to 9:30 AM ET [www.golfchannel.com/theopen-firsttee]

There are many intriguing groups at this year's Open Championship, one of which will actually kick things off on Thursday morning. The opening threesome includes eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner and longtime "best player to never win a major," Colin Montgomerie. The 53-year-old Hall of Famer will be playing in his first Open Championship since 2010 when he tied for 68th. He'll be paired with former world number one and current 85th-ranked Luke Donald and Marc Leishman, who was part of last year's Open Championship three-man playoff with eventual winner Zach Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. His T2 finish was the 2009 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year's highest finish to date in a major championship. Here are six more Open Championship threesomes for Thursday and Friday that should be fun to watch.

So there's what you need to know about the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon. Who are your favorites?

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