Spieth paired with champion Stenson

He said: "When you come back to a place where you have had some fond memories, and I have had quite a few at Royal Birkdale, it makes it even more special".

O'Meara, who won the second major of his career when the Open was staged at Birkdale in 1998, will tee off at 6:35am alongside fellow American Ryan Moore and England's Chris Wood.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson features in the second trio to consider, with two-time major victor Jordan Spieth and Players champion Si Woo Kim completing that threeball.

"There's always a chance and I'm going to enjoy the week".

The final group available begin at 9.58am and contains Justin Rose, Justin Thomas and 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen, with voting closing at midday on Wednesday.

Other notable groups see Masters champion Sergio Garcia together with Jason Day and 2015 Open victor Zach Johnson, while Jon Rahm is alongside Lee Westwood and Patrick Reed.

McIlroy, who has slipped to fourth in the world ranking, missed the cut at the US Open and enters the season's third Major having not made a penny from his past two events.

Kim Si-woo of South Korea will go out with Stenson and Spieth, while U.S. Open victor Brooks Koepka is playing with local favorite Tommy Fleetwood and world No. 2 Hideki Matsuyama.

Irish Open victor Jon Rahm has been paired with Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood at 2:59pm, with 2013 champion Phil Mickelson, Francesco Molinari and Marc Leishman in the group behind.

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