Despite the absence of Tiger Woods in the 2014 U.S. Open, fans of golf should still be tuning in to watch the strong field of competitors fight for the season's second major.
A bevy of former champions are on the prowl for the win at Pinehurst, although a good number of them are considered long shots at this point. Pinehurst is an unforgiving course that plagues players with its illusions of spacious fairways, so a long shot could very well shock the field and make a run during this four-day event.
Below is everything you need to know about the 2014 U.S. Open—dates, television info and even tee times for the tournament's first two days.
Live stream can be seen at USOpen.com.
|Thurs., June 12||9 a.m. - 3 p.m.||ESPN|
|3 p.m. - 5 p.m.||NBC|
|5 p.m. - 6 p.m.||ESPN2|
|6 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Fri., June 13||9 a.m. - 3 p.m.||ESPN|
|3 p.m. - 5 p.m.||NBC|
|5 p.m. - 7 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sat., June 14||Noon - 7 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., June 15||Noon - 7 p.m.||NBC|
|Round 1 Tee Times (ET)||Round 2 Tee Times (ET)||Pairings|
|6:45 a.m.||12:30 p.m.||Daniel Berger, Brett Stegmaier, Cameron Wilson|
|6:45 a.m.||12:30 p.m.||Henrik Norlander, Rob Oppenheim, Lucas Bjerregaard|
|6:56 a.m.||12:41 p.m.||Marcel Siem, Andrea Pavan, Brian Stuard|
|6:56 a.m.||12:41 p.m.||Chad Collins, Kevin Kisner, Kyoung-Hoon Lee|
|7:07 a.m.||12:52 p.m.||Matt Every, Matt Jones, Roberto Castro|
|7:07 a.m.||12:52 p.m.||Erik Compton, Scott Langley, Pablo Larrazabal|
|7:18 a.m.||1:03 p.m.||Sergio Garcia, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day|
|7:18 a.m.||1:03 p.m.||Patrick Reed, Kevin Na, Ryan Moore|
|7:29 a.m.||1:14 p.m.||Henrik Stenson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar|
|7:29 a.m.||1:14 p.m.||Boo Weekley, Stephen Gallacher, D.A. Points|
|7:40 a.m.||1:25 p.m.||Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy|
|7:40 a.m.||1:25 p.m.||Zach Johnson, David Toms, Angel Cabrera|
|7:51 a.m.||1:36 p.m.||Ian Poulter, Thongchai Jaidee, Miguel Angel Jimenez|
|7:51 a.m.||1:36 p.m.||Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Matthew Fitzpatrick|
|8:02 a.m.||1:47 p.m.||Nick Watney, Joost Luiten, Jonas Blixt|
|8:02 a.m.||1:47 p.m.||Chris Kirk, Brendon Todd, Russell Henley|
|8:13 a.m.||1:58 p.m.||Billy Horschel, Robert Allenby, Billy Hurley III|
|8:13 a.m.||1:58 p.m.||Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama|
|8:24 a.m.||2:09 p.m.||Aaron Baddeley, Aron Price, Oliver Goss|
|8:24 a.m.||2:09 p.m.||Kenny Perry, Kevin Sutherland, Jeff Maggert|
|8:35 a.m.||2:20 p.m.||Tom Lewis, Justin Thomas, Craig Barlow|
|8:35 a.m.||2:20 p.m.||Wen-Chong Liang, Shiv Kapur, Maximilian Kieffer|
|8:46 a.m.||2:31 p.m.||Robby Shelton, Brady Watt, Matt Dobyns|
|8:46 a.m.||2:31 p.m.||Smylie Kaufman, Brandon McIver, Maverick McNealy|
|8:57 a.m.||2:42 p.m.||Clayton Rask, Nick Mason, Brian Campbell|
|8:57 a.m.||2:42 p.m.||Anthony Broussard, Nicholas Lindheim, Will Grimmer|
|12:30 p.m.||6:45 a.m.||Garth Mulroy, Bobby Gates, Steven Alker|
|12:30 p.m.||6:45 a.m.||Alex Cejka, David Oh, Graeme Storm|
|12:41 p.m.||6:56 a.m.||Niclas Fasth, Hudson Swafford, Kiyoshi Miyazato|
|12:41 p.m.||6:56 a.m.||Oliver Fisher, Andres Echavarria, Casey Wittenberg|
|12:52 p.m.||7:07 a.m.||John Senden, Brooks Koepka, Nicolas Colsaerts|
|12:52 p.m.||7:07 a.m.||Joe Ogilvie, Ken Duke, Mark Wilson|
|1:03 p.m.||7:18 a.m.||Dustin Johnson, Victor Dubuisson, Jimmy Walker|
|1:03 p.m.||7:18 a.m.||Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Steve Stricker|
|1:14 p.m.||7:29 a.m.||Stewart Cink, Y.E. Yang, Justin Leonard|
|1:14 p.m.||7:29 a.m.||Brendon De Jonge, Shane Lowry, Kevin Stadler|
|1:25 p.m.||7:40 a.m.||Bubba Watson, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott|
|1:25 p.m.||7:40 a.m.||Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Harris English|
|1:36 p.m.||7:51 a.m.||Ernie Els, Louis Oosthuizen, Darren Clarke|
|1:36 p.m.||7:51 a.m.||J.B. Holmes, Graham Delaet, Gary Woodland|
|1:47 p.m.||8:02 a.m.||Jason Dufner, Martin Kaymer, Keegan Bradley|
|1:47 p.m.||8:02 a.m.||Retief Goosen, Lucas Glover, Geoff Ogilvy|
|1:58 p.m.||8:13 a.m.||Hunter Mahan, Jamie Donaldson, Francesco Molinari|
|1:58 p.m.||8:13 a.m.||Bernd Wiesberger, Toru Taniguchi, Hyung-Sung Kim|
|2:09 p.m.||8:24 a.m.||Bo Van Pelt, Seung-Yul Noh, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano|
|2:09 p.m.||8:24 a.m.||Ryan Palmer, Kevin Streelman, Rod Pampling|
|2:20 p.m.||8:35 a.m.||Danny Willett, Luke Guthrie, Corey Whitsett|
|2:20 p.m.||8:35 a.m.||Azuma Yano, David Gossett, Ryan Blaum|
|2:31 p.m.||8:46 a.m.||Kevin Tway, Chris Doak, Jim Renner|
|2:31 p.m.||8:46 a.m.||Simon Griffiths, Donald Constable, Fran Quinn|
|2:42 p.m.||8:57 a.m.||Cody Gribble, Andrew Dorn, Chris Thompson|
|2:42 p.m.||8:57 a.m.||Hunter Stewart, Zac Blair, Sam Love|
Looking for golfers to watch in the tournament? I'll highlight a few in the coming paragraphs.
Rory McIlroy is always a golfer to watch, given his pedigree and potential to dominate in any given tournament. He has been far from locked in lately, though, as he has just one top-five finish this year and hasn't won a PGA Tour tournament since September of 2012.
How will McIlroy fare at Pinehurst?
He may be in for a rough tournament this weekend. Pinehurst favors those who drive the ball accurately. Players can't go into the tee box with the expectations of mashing the ball. That's because there isn't as much space in the fairway as it seems.
McIlroy is currently tied for 147th on the tour with a driving accuracy of just 56.7 percent, courtesy of PGATour.com. It won't be easy for him to dominate this course if he finds himself in the rough 50 percent of the time.
Justin Rose is the reigning champion at the U.S. Open, though picking him to repeat is a risk. Curtis Strange is the last golfer to win two straight U.S. Opens, with the second of his two coming in 1989.
That said, Rose is confident in his game, which is on par with where he was this time last year, via Ewan Murray of the Guardian:
Nothing pointed to me winning the US Open at this time last year. My game just now is remarkably similar to then. I remember trudging around Merion the week before the tournament, trying to find my swing, not playing well and things began to click. I am fiddling around with a few swing thoughts and feelings just now as well.
Rose could presumably fight for a top spot in the tournament, though picking him to win it would be a bold prediction.
Finally, be on the lookout for Zach Johnson this weekend. While not a golfer who generally makes a ton of noise in the U.S. Open—his best career finish at the tournament is 30th in 10 tries—I like him as a sleeper pick.
He went through a brilliant four-tournament stretch this season. He won the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and Hyundai Tournament of Champions in back-to-back starts before finishing eighth in the Sony Open and third in the Humana Challenge. Inconsistencies surrounded these four tournaments, but Johnson is capable of playing this type of golf again.
Others are confident in him too. Golf Digest assistant editor Luke Kerr-Dineen picked Johnson as one of his four potential winners:
Look for all three golfers to make headlines at Pinehurst—even if those headlines aren't all good ones.