US Open Golf 2012 Tee Times: Pairings and Predictions for Saturday

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJune 16, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 15:  Tiger Woods of the United States plays a bunker shot on the 16th hole during the second round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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While star golfers such as Lee Westwood and Rickie Fowler struggled at the 112th U.S. Open over the first two rounds, Tiger Woods is once again a threat to win another major championship.

Woods looks more comfortable at the Olympic Club than he did at the Masters in April, and he will certainly be one of the reasons to pay attention to the U.S. Open this weekend.

Let's look at tee times and pairings and make some predictions for Saturday's important third round.

Tee Times, Pairings for Notable Players

Time (PT)GolferGolfer
10:55 a.m.Alex CejkaPhil Mickelson
12:45 p.m.John SendenLee Westwood
1:25 p.m.Justin RoseErnie Else
2:15 p.m.Jason DufnerMatt Kuchar
2:55 p.m.John PetersonDavid Toms
3:05 p.m.Jim FurykTiger Woods

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 15: Phil Mickelson of the United States hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the second round of the 112th U.S. Open at The Olympic Club on June 15, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)
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Predictions

Tiger Woods: In what will be a pivotal third round on Saturday for Tiger Woods, expect the 14-time major champion to dominate and either take the lead or have a share of it heading into Sunday's final round.

Beau Hossler: The 17-year-old amateur was one of the stars of the second round, and I expect him to be even better on Saturday. Hossler competing with Woods for the U.S. Open title on Sunday would be an amazing scenario for golf fans.

Ernie Els: The veteran golfer began the U.S. Open with a terrible round on Thursday by shooting a 75, but he shot a 69 on Friday to make the cut at four-over par. Els will continue his climb up the leaderboard on Saturday and become a contender for the championship in the final round.