The Open Championship (known on this side of the pond as the British Open), kicks off in the wee hours of the morning Thursday here in the United States, with the best players in the world, save for the injured Rory McIlroy, teeing off at the Olde Couse at St. Andrews.

It's a venue that has seen two championships for Tiger Woods, and one that could see red-hot Jordan Spieth win his third straight major in 2015.

In a light moment during a pre-tournament presser, Woods, a 14-time Major Champion, shook off suggestions that at 39 he should mull calling it a career. 

"Well, retirement? I don't have any AARP card yet, so I'm a ways from that," Woods, who has returned to form after a solid showing at Greenbrier two weeks ago, said. "I'm still young. I'm not 40 yet. I know some of you guys think I'm buried and done, but I'm still right here in front of you."

If there is any golf course Woods can use to make a return to glory, it is St. Andrews. In 2000, he won his first British Open at a whopping 19-under-par, a major championship record. In 2005, Woods won by five strokes to achieve a second career grand slam.

Spieth, just 22-years-old, has won four times on Tour this season including the Masters and U.S. Open. And immediately, the Texan is being called the next Tiger Woods. He could get closer to history this week by going 3-for-3 in major tournaments this season.

“I think the parallels that are drawn between me and Tiger are unfair,” Spieth told The Guardian Wednesday. “I think that’s something that people are looking for but is not there with anybody right now because it’s something I don’t think that can be compared until at least midway through their career.”

Woods (25/1 odds) and Spieth (9/2) are clearly the most intriguing storylines, but it is Dustin Johnson (10/1) who will be feeling the most pressure, aside from perhaps the two aforementioned golfers.

Not only will the notorious long-hitter have to shake off the burden of having three-putted on the final green at last month's U.S. Open to lose the title to Spieth, he also will be tasked with playing alongside him Thursday and Friday.

Be sure to also keep an eye on Bubba Watson (33/1), Ricky Fowler (14/1) and Jimmy Walker (55/1), each of whom has won already this year.

Round 1 Tee Times, (Eastern Standard Time)

1:32 a.m. -- Thomas Bjorn, Greg Owen and Rod Pampling

1:43 a.m. -- Todd Hamilton, Paul Dunne and James Hahn

1:54 a.m. -- Graham DeLaet, Brian Harman and Russell Knox

2:05 a.m. -- Matt Every, Alexander Levy and David Lingmerth

2:16 a.m. -- Joost Luiten, Matt Jones and Robert Streb

2:27 a.m. -- Anthony Wall, Byeong-Hun An and Jordan Niebrugge

2:38 a.m. -- Sandy Lyle, Charley Hoffman and Kevin Na

2:49 a.m. -- Retief Goosen, Shane Lowry and Kevin Streelman

3 a.m. -- Carl Pettersson, Luke Donald and Hunter Mahan

3:11 a.m. -- Ross Fisher, Victor Dubuisson and Billy Horschel

3:22 a.m. -- Graeme McDowell, Webb Simpson and Oliver Schniederjans

3:33 a.m. -- Ernie Els, Tom Watson and Brandt Snedeker

3:44 a.m. -- J.B. Holmes, Brendon Todd and Shinji Tomimura

4 a.m. -- Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel and Bubba Watson

4:11 a.m. -- Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Patrick Reed

4:22 a.m. -- Darren Clarke, Matteo Manassero and Romain Langasque

4:33 a.m. -- Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Jordan Spieth

4:44 a.m. -- Paul Lawrie, Ryan Palmer and Kevin Kisner

4:55 a.m. -- Tiger Woods, Louis Oosthuizen and Jason Day

5:05 a.m. -- John Senden, Tadahiry Takayama and Brooks Koepka

5:17 a.m. -- David Duval, Stewart Cink and Ben Curtis

5:28 a.m. -- Mikko Ilonen, David Howell and Greg Chalmers

5:39 a.m. -- Raphael Jacquelin, David Hearn and Eddie Pepperell

5:50 a.m. -- Tyrell Hatton, Scott Arnold and Paul Kinnear

6:01 a.m. -- Adam Bland, Gary Boyd and Daniel Brooks

6:12 a.m. -- Scott Hend, Jonathan Moore and Ryan Fox

6:33 a.m. -- Mark Calcavecchia, Marcel Siem and Jaco Van Zyl

6:44 a.m. -- Thomas Aiken, David Lipsky and Jonas Blixt

6:55 a.m. -- Soren Kjeldsen, Morgan Hoffmann and Danny Lee

7:06 a.m. -- Richie Ramsay, Pablo Larrazabal and Cameron Tringale

7:17 a.m. -- Steven Bowditch, Hiroshi Iwata and Ben Martin

7:28 a.m. -- George Coetzee, Anirban Lahiri and Rafael Cabrera-Bello

7:39 a.m. -- Padraig Harrington, Liang Wen-Chong and Marc Warren

7:50 a.m. -- John Daly, Miguel Angel Jimenea and Jason Dufner

8:01 a.m. -- Zach Johnson, Bernd Wiesberger and Tommy Fleetwood

8:12 a.m. -- Thongchai Jaidee, Danny Willett and Gary Woodland

8:23 a.m. -- Geoff Ogilvy, Francesco Molinari and Bill Haas

8:34 a.m. -- Mark O'Meara, Russell Henley and Gunn Yang

8:45 a.m. -- Bernhard Langer, Tom Lehman and Justin Leonard

9:01 a.m. -- Stephen Gallacher, Hiroyuki Fujita and Ryan Moore

9:12 a.m. -- Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer and Jimmy Walker

9:23 a.m. -- Jamie Donaldson, Yuta Ikeda and Keegan Bradley

9:34 a.m. -- Matt Kuchar, Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson

9:45 a.m. -- Nick Faldo, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler

9:56 a.m. -- Jim Furyk, Paul Casey and Branden Grace

10:07 a.m. -- Harris English, Ashley Chesters and Andy Sullivan

10:18 a.m. -- Koumei Oda, Marc Leishman and Kiradech Aphibarnrat

10:29 a.m. -- Edoardo Molinari, James Morrison and Romain Wattel

10:40 a.m. -- Pelle Edberg, Daniel Berger and Mark Young

10:51 a.m. -- Brett Rumford, Tom Gillis and Ben Taylor

11:02 a.m. -- Marcus Fraser, Scott Strange and Alister Balcombe

11:13 a.m. -- Taichi Teshima, Robert Dinwiddie and Rikard Karlberg