Tee Times and Pairings For U.S. Open

The season’s second major gets under way tomorrow at the famed Merion Golf Club with 156 of the top professional and amateur golfers from around the world competing for America’s National Championship of golf. Just like in years past, the USGA has given us some compelling and interesting pairings for the first two rounds Thursday and Friday. Here is a look at some of those pairings as well as what time they will tee it up.

Char Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuzien, Tim Clark (7:33am Thursday on #11 and 1:03pm Friday on #1)- All three are from South Africa and Schwartzel and Oosthuzien are neighbors in Old Palm.

Rickie Fowler, Jason Day, Matteo Manassero (8:06am Thursday on #11 and 1:36pm Friday on #1)- All three young golfers are on the rise and are looking to capture their first major on the PGA Tour. Loxahatchee River resident Fowler finishing fifth in the 2011 British Open, Day had a runner up finish at the 2011 U.S. Open, and Manassero finished 13th at the British Open in 2009.

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Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Lee Westwood, Luke Donald, Marin Kaymer (12:52pm Thursday on #1 and 7:22am Friday on #11)- The three international golfers all have the distinction of holding the #1 ranking in the world at one point in their careers. Westwood earned in honors in October of 2010. The Old Palm resident held the ranking for 17 weeks before being replaced by Martin Kaymer. Kaymer held it for eight weeks before giving it back to Westwood in April of 2011. Westwood would eventually lose it for good five weeks later to fellow Old Palm resident Luke Donald.

Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk (1:03pm Thursday on #11 and 7:33am Friday on #11)- McDowell and Furyk are both past U.S. Open winners. Furyk won at Olympia Fields in 2003 and McDowell won at Pebble Beach in 2010. Johnson, the Loxahatchee River resident, is still looking for his first major.

Tiger Woods, Rory, Mcllroy, Adam Scott (1:14pm Thursday on #1 and 7:44am Friday #11)- This is by far the featured pairing of the first two rounds. The three are ranked one, two, and three in the world respectively. All past major winners, the three golfers are all intertwined in some way. Woods and Mcllroy are the two biggest golfers at Nike and have even become friends off the course. With Woods living on Jupiter Island and Mcllroy just down the road in Palm Beach Gardens, the two have been known to play a friendly round from time to time when they are off. Then there is the Woods/Scott dynamic. Scott’s current caddie, Steve Williams, was Woods’ former caddie until a fallout in July of 2011. Williams was on Tiger’s bag for all but two of Woods’ 14 majors and was on Scott’s bag when he won the Masters this year.

Jim Herman, John Nieporte, Adam Hadwin (2:31pm Thursday on #1 and 9:01am Friday on #11)- All three of these golfers advanced to the U.S. Open through local and sectional qualifiers. Herman, a member at Trump National in Jupiter earned the final qualifier spot at the New York sectional. Nieporte, who is the head golf pro at Trump International in West Palm Beach, qualified at the sectional qualifier in Bradenton.

For a complete list of pairings and tee times for the first two rounds, visit www.pgatour.com.

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