US Open Tee Times 2019: Pairings and Predictions for Friday Schedule

Steve Silverman@@profootballboyFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2019

Justin Rose owns a one-stroke lead after the first round of the U.S. Open.
Justin Rose owns a one-stroke lead after the first round of the U.S. Open.Matt York/Associated Press

Justin Rose closed with three birdies on the final three holes of the first round if the U.S. Open on Thursday, and he goes into the second round with a one-stroke lead at Pebble Beach after shooting a six-under 65.

Rose leads four golfers who are one stroke behind. That group includes Rickie Fowler, who is still searching for his first major championship.

Fowler appears determined to change that, as he fired a five-under 66 along with Xander Schauffele, Louis Oosthuizen and Aaron Wise.

Fowler understands his 0-for-38 record in the majors will continue to be brought up until he breaks through. 

"You don't have to do anything special in majors," Fowler said, per Ian O'Connor of ESPN.com. "It's just being disciplined and executing the shot that's at hand and what you're trying to do. I think it's been a long road to get to the point where majors felt like another week, because they are bigger. They're majors. There's a lot going on."

While Rose and many of the golfers in the field were sharp during the opening day of the U.S. Open, they all took advantage of pristine conditions at the seaside course. Wind is often an issue at Pebble Beach, but that was not the case Thursday, and it is not expected to be a factor on Friday, either, per WeatherChannel.com.

Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka shot at two-under 69, and he said on the Fox broadcast that he was happy with his round. "I didn't hit a lot of greens on some of the critical holes, but I am still right there, so I'm happy with that," Koepka said. "You can shoot yourself out of it in the first round, and I didn't do that."

Tiger Woods struck some ordinary iron shots and had to settle for a one-under 70. His ability to nail several long putts allowed him to salvage the round. "It was a struggle out there today," Woods told Curtis Strange. "It was a grind. I kind of hung in there as I putted pretty well."


1st-Round Leading Scores

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1. Justin Rose, 65
2. Rickie Fowler, 66
2. Xander Schauffele, 66
2. Louis Oosthuizen, 66
2. Aaron Wise, 66
6. Scott Piercy, 67
6. Nate Lashley, 67


Friday Tee Times

Brooks Koepka shot a 69 in the opening round of the U.S. Open.
Brooks Koepka shot a 69 in the opening round of the U.S. Open.Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

The huge field at the U.S. Open will start Friday's round at 9:45 a.m. ET, and the final grouping is set to get underway at 5:42 p.m. The United States Golf Association officials are taking advantage of its West Coast locale along with the nearly peak daylight conditions to allow many of the golfers to finish their rounds in prime-time television hours.

The event will televised by FS1 from 12:30 pm until 7:30 pm ET, and Fox will take over the broadcast from 7:30 pm.

Some of the higher-profile groups include Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson and Brandt Snedeker teeing off at 10:40 a.m.; Francesco Molinari, amateur Viktor Hovland and Koepka start at 11:02 a.m.; and Jordan Spieth, Rose and Woods begin their round at 11:24 a.m.

The trio of Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman and Rory McIlroy tee off at 4:36 p.m.; Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner and Bryson DeChambeau at start 4:47 p.m.; Fowler, Jason Day and Si Woo Kim tee off at 4:47 p.m. (starting on hole No. 10) and Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell begin their round at 4:58 p.m.


Predictions for Friday's 2nd Round


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Rose was able to get hot with his putter during the closing portion of the first round, but he did not hit the ball exceptionally well. If he picks up that part of his game, he will be able to hold on to the lead in the second round. Expect a four-under 67 from Rose.

If Fowler is going to feel the pressure at Pebble Beach, it is not going to be in the second round. Look for him to come close to his first-round excellence and to fire a three-under 68.

Oosthuizen will be even better than Fowler, and he will shoot a 67. Koepka, meanwhile, will follow his first-round 69 with a 68, and he will be right in contention. Woods will show improvement with his iron play and fire a 67.