PGA Championship 2013 Picks: Tee Times and Projections for Year's Top Pairings
The pairings for the first two rounds of the 2013 PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, N.Y., have been released per MajorChampionships.com. As expected, a few of the pairings will capture the bulk of attention from the media and onlookers.
Because of the enormous field, the tournament is using split tees. Here are the tee times and pairings for the entire field.
|Round 1 (No. 1 tee)||Round 2 (No. 10 tee)||Player||Player||Player|
|7:10 a.m.||12:20 p.m.||Rob Labritz||John Senden||Shane Lowry|
|7:20 a.m.||12:30 p.m.||Kiradech Aphibarnrat||Bob Gaus||Luke Guthrie|
|7:30 a.m.||12:40 p.m.||Marc Leishman||Josh Teater||Pablo Larrazabal|
|7:40 a.m.||12:50 p.m.||Tommy Gainey||Ryan Palmer||David Hearn|
|7:50 a.m.||1 p.m.||Michael Thompson||Marcel Siem||Bo Van Pelt|
|8 a.m.||1:10 p.m.||Shaun Micheel||Rich Beem||Mark Brooks|
|8:10 a.m.||1:20 p.m.||Richard Sterne||Scott Brown||David Lingmerth|
|8:20 a.m.||1:30 p.m.||Ben Curtis||Marcus Fraser||Peter Hanson|
|8:30 a.m.||1:40 p.m.||Stewart Cink||Paul Lawrie||Rafael Cabrera-Bello|
|8:40 a.m.||1:50 p.m.||Thorbjorn Olesen||Brian Gay||David Lynn|
|8:50 a.m.||2 p.m.||Stephen Gallacher||David McNabb||Branden Grace|
|9 a.m.||2:10 p.m.||Caine Fitzgerald||Kevin Streelman||Bernd Wiesberger|
|9:10 a.m.||2:20 p.m.||J.C. Anderson||David Hearn||Jaco Van Zyl|
|7:15 a.m.||12:25 p.m.||Charley Hoffman||Bob Sowards||Matt Every|
|7:25 a.m.||12:35 p.m.||Mark Sheftic||Robert Garrigus||Hiroyuki Fujita|
|7:35 a.m.||12:45 p.m.||Hunter Mahan||Paul Casey||Billy Horschel|
|7:45 a.m.||12:55 p.m.||Hideki Matsuyama||Steve Stricker||Jason Dufner|
|7:55 a.m.||1:05 p.m.||Sergio Garcia||Matt Kuchar||Rickie Fowler|
|8:05 a.m.||1:15 p.m.||Graeme McDowell||Ernie Els||Bill Haas|
|8:15 a.m.||1:25 p.m.||David Toms||Padraig Harrington||Y.E. Yang|
|8:25 a.m.||1:35 p.m.||Henrik Stenson||Dustin Johnson||Charl Schwartzel|
|8:35 a.m.||1:45 p.m.||Davis Love III||Keegan Bradley||Tiger Woods|
|8:45 a.m.||1:55 p.m.||Peter Uihlein||Jim Furyk||Thomas Bjorn|
|8:55 a.m.||2:05 p.m.||K.J. Choi||Ryan Polzin||Jonas Blixt|
|9:05 a.m.||2:15 p.m.||Scott Stallings||Jason Kokrak||Jeff Sorenson|
|9:15 a.m.||2:25 p.m.||Scott Jamieson||Roberto Castro||Stuart Smith|
|12:25 p.m.||7:15 a.m.||John Huh||Ryo Ishikawa||Danny Balin|
|12:35 p.m.||7:25 a.m.||Darren Clarke||Tom Watson||Paul McGinley|
|12:45 p.m.||7:35 a.m.||Kohki Idoki||Rod Perry||Nick Watney|
|12:55 p.m.||7:45 a.m.||Nicolas Colsaerts||Jason Day||Brandt Snedeker|
|1:05 p.m.||7:55 a.m.||Tim Clark||Lee Westwood||Bubba Watson|
|1:15 p.m.||8:05 a.m.||Miguel Angel Jimenez||Webb Simpson||Angel Cabrera|
|1:25 p.m.||8:15 a.m.||Rory McIlroy||Vijay Singh||Martin Kaymer|
|1:35 p.m.||8:25 a.m.||Gonzalo Fdz-Castano||Luke Donald||Jordan Spieth|
|1:45 p.m.||8:35 a.m.||Adam Scott||Justin Rose||Phil Mickelson|
|1:55 p.m.||8:45 a.m.||Lucas Glover||Ian Poulter||Zach Johnson|
|2:05 p.m.||8:55 a.m.||Kevin Chappell||Christopher Wood||Mike Small|
|2:15 p.m.||9:05 a.m.||Kevin Stadler||Chip Sullivan||Chris Stroud|
|2:25 p.m.||9:15 a.m.||Sonny Skinner||Gary Woodland||Richie Ramsay|
|12:20 p.m.||7:10 a.m.||Mark Brown||Scott Piercy||Brooks Koepka|
|12:30 p.m.||7:20 a.m.||Derek Ernst||Jeff Martin||Charles Howell III|
|12:40 p.m.||7:30 a.m.||Ken Duke||Matteo Manassero||Jimmy Walker|
|12:50 p.m.||7:40 a.m.||Danny Willett||Joost Luiten||Russell Henley|
|1 p.m.||7:50 a.m.||Freddie Jacobson||George Coetzee||Harris English|
|1:10 p.m.||8 a.m.||Boo Weekley||Francesco Molinari||Thongchai Jaidee|
|1:20 p.m.||8:10 a.m.||Jamie Donaldson||Ryan Moore||Alex Noren|
|1:30 p.m.||8:20 a.m.||Brett Rumford||Geoff Ogilvy||John Merrick|
|1:40 p.m.||8:30 a.m.||Sang-moon Bae||Woody Austin||Martin Laird|
|1:50 p.m.||8:40 a.m.||Carl Pettersson||D.A. Points||Mikko Ilonen|
|2 p.m.||8:50 a.m.||Graham DeLaet||Kirk Hanfeld||Kyle Stanley|
|2:10 p.m.||9 a.m.||David Muttitt||Charlie Beljan||Brendon de Jonge|
|2:20 p.m.||9:10 a.m.||Lee Rhind||Chris Kirk||Marc Warren|
The eventual winner could come from any group, but in accordance with name recognition and recent play, select pairings will be the most popular during the first round.
Tiger Woods, Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley
Total Major Championships: 16
Total PGA Championships: 6
Hype Meter: 9 out of 10
Projected 1st-Round Scores: Woods 68, Bradley 67, Love III 71
"All Eyes on Me" by 2 Pac may as well be Woods' personal theme song. When you throw in 2011 champion Bradley and the legendary DL3, then the attention meter goes even higher.
After Woods' dominating performance at the 2013 Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, he's clearly the man to beat in Rochester. He won by an amazing seven shots and looked head-and-shoulders above the competition all week.
It is only logical to expect great things from him this week. Woods should come out strong and set the tone on the first day of play.
Bradley finished tied for second behind Woods in Akron, and he seems to always play well at the Bridgestone and PGA Championship. In 2011, he tied for 15th at the Bridgestone prior to his PGA Championship win.
In 2012, he won the Bridgestone and finished second at the PGA. Expect a strong effort from him at Oak Hill.
Love III has won only one major in his career, but it was the PGA Championship. At 49 years old, he is a long shot, but based on his name recognition and accompaniment by more current stars like Woods and Bradley, he fits in this group nicely.
Graeme McDowell, Ernie Els and Bill Haas
Total Major Championships: 5
Total PGA championships: 0
Hype Meter: 6
Projected 1st-Round Scores: McDowell 72, Els 69, Haas 70
Neither McDowell, Els nor Haas has won the PGA Championship, and Haas hasn't fared well in majors period. His best finish was 12th place at the 2011 PGA Championship.
That said, he's playing well of late. He's had top-10 finishes in five of his last seven starts, and per Rob Bolton of PGATour.com, he's seventh on the power rankings heading into the tournament. His confidence should be high, and that will help to keep him as a legitimate threat after Thursday.
Els is the elder statesmen at 43 years old, but he did win the Open Championship last year. He seems to get up for the majors, so he can't be dismissed. Els' powerful swing would seem to be a good match for Oak Hill, and he'll parlay that into an under-par round.
As for McDowell, it seems his career has flattened out a bit since 2011, but he's still a skilled and formidable player. That said, he hasn't finished higher than 40th in a PGA Tour event since April.
He'll likely be the weakest link of the pairing.
Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson
Total Major Championships: 7
Total PGA championships: 1
Hype Meter: 10
Projected 1st-Round Scores: Scott 70, Rose 71, Mickelson 67
With the winners of the three previous majors this season in the same group, the only thing that's missing is the Tiger effect.
Mickelson climbed to No. 2 in the world behind Woods after his victory at the Open Championships. Rose won on perhaps the most difficult course of the year at Merion in Ardmore, Pa., at the U.S. Open, and Scott was victorious at Augusta National in capturing his first Green Jacket at the Masters.
Of the three, Mickelson is the hottest. He ranks first in birdie average at 4.33 and tops in birdie-or-better conversion percentage at 35.97 this season. Lefty is making the proper adjustments per course, and that has been key in his success this season.
Who has the best chance to win his second major of 2013?
Scott hasn't been especially strong outside of his Masters win. He did finish 14th at the Bridgestone Invitational and tied for third at the Open Championships. A respectable first round seems likely for the Australian.
Rose is one of the hardest to figure out. It has been feast or famine for him in majors this year. His U.S. Open triumph is sandwiched by disappointing showings at the Open Championships and the Masters.
He missed the cut at Muirfield and tied for 25th at Augusta. Expect him to be steady but unspectacular on the first day in Rochester.
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