It was a year ago that Michael Thompson got into his first Open Championship as the last alternate to make the field. He missed the cut but gained some valuable experience. This year, Michael knew he was in the field based on his OWGR ranking for several months and was able to schedule his trip to Scotland ahead of time. He scheduled two tournaments in Scotland including last week's Scottish Open and this week's Open Championship at Muirfield.
Michael will be paired with Richie Ramsay from Scotland who he played with at the Scottish Open and previous winner of the Open Padraig Harrington from Northern Ireland. The group tees off on Thursday at 1:01PM Scottish time. That equates to 8:01am ET and 5:01am for those of you on the West Coast.
ESPN will carry live coverage of the first round from 7:00am to 3:00pm ET.
Michael's Profile Page from the Open Championship