With the U.S. Open now less than a week away, the tournament has officially announced its pairings for Thursday and Friday, with a few exceptions as some players will be announced after this weekend's tournament in Memphis.
Below, you can find the most notable pairings to open play at Pinehurst:
|Notable U.S. Open Tee Times and Pairings for Thursday|
|Tee Time (ET)||Starting Tee||Players|
|7:18 a.m.||1||Sergio Garcia; Jason Day; Brandt Snedeker|
|7:29 a.m.||1||Henrik Stenson; Matt Kuchar; Lee Westwood|
|7:40 a.m.||1||Webb Simpson; Rory McIlroy; Graeme McDowell|
|7:40 a.m.||10||Zach Johnson; Angel Cabrera; David Toms|
|7:51 a.m.||10||Justin Rose; (a) Matthew Fitzpatrick; Phil Mickelson|
|8:13 a.m.||10||Jordan Spieth; Hideki Matsuyama; Rickie Fowler|
|1:03 p.m.||10||Jim Furyk; Steve Stricker; Bill Haas|
|1:25 p.m.||1||Bubba Watson; Adam Scott; Charl Schwartzel|
|1:36 p.m.||1||Ernie Els; Darren Clarke; Louis Oosthuizen|
|1:47 p.m.||1||Jason Dufner; Keegan Bradley; Martin Kaymer|
|1:47 p.m.||10||Retief Goosen; Geoff Ogilvy; Lucas Glover|
For the full listing of tee times on Thursday and Friday, visit USOpen.com.
A few of the players, Keegan Bradley and Luke Donald, are already out taking the course for a spin, as Bradley tweeted and shared on Instagram:
Bradley finds himself in a truly intriguing group that includes Jason Dufner and Martin Kaymer. All three are ranked in the top 30 of the world rankings, while Kaymer is fresh off his Players Championship triumph.
Last year's winner, Justin Rose, will be paired with Phil Mickelson, who has come oh-so-close to winning this tournament oh-so-many times. Will this be the year he finally ends his drought after six runner-up showings?
It will be tough to bet on a player who has yet to post a top-10 finish this season and might be a little distracted by the whole FBI investigation thing happening right now—it's hard to imagine that isn't weighing on his mind, at least a little bit—but he did shoot a 67 on Thursday at the FedEx St. Jude Classic, so there's that.
Getting to watch young guns like Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler should be fun, as will an absolutely loaded group that includes Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel. Spieth seems like a player destined to win a major soon, while Watson is unpredictable but at his best has the ability to tame the most brutal of courses like few other golfers can.
And Spieth's group's combined age is, well, pretty young, as Jason Sobel of the Golf Channel tweets:
Yes, the U.S. Open will once again be without Tiger Woods, and yes, that is a disappointment. But based on some of the excellent pairings we'll be treated to, we'll all get over it. There are some tasty combinations during the first two rounds.
Will this be the year Mickelson breaks his drought? Will one of the young guns break through? Will Watson tame the course?
It will sure be fun finding out.