There’s nothing but heavyweights in the field each time the US Open rolls around, but some of the pairings next week have a bit of extra spice to them, as the PGA Tour revealed when it announced tee times and groups for the first two days of the tournament which begins June 12 at Pinehurst.
The traditional grouping of last year’s US Open champ, British Open champ and US Amateur champ means that Justin Rose will play along with Phil Mickelson, who also finished second at the US Open a year ago. Rose also beat Mickelson in a narrow Ryder Club decision two years previous. The two join amateur champ Matthew Fitzpatrick, who will turn pro after the conclusion of the US Open.
The pairings are sure to delight anyone with a fantastic sense of golf history. Among others, the pairings include:
7:40 a.m. – Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell – the three US Open winners prior to Rose.
8:02 a.m. – Three Georgians, Chris Kirk, Russell Henley and Brendon Todd are on course.
8:13 a.m. – The Young Guns – 20-year-old Jordan Spieth, 25-year-old Rickie Fowler and 22-year-old Hideki Matsuyama; arguably the most entertaining trio to follow.
1:25 p.m. – Three men who have combined to win the last four Masters – Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel and Bubba Watson
1:36 p.m. – Three men who won the British Open prior to Mickelson; Ernie Els, Darren Clarke and Louis Oosthuizen.
- Trio most likely to need a translator: 7:51 a.m. – England’s Ian Poulter, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee are on course.
- We flew 5,000 miles for this? 8:24 a.m. – Three Australians, Aaron Baddeley, Oliver Goss and Aron Price are grouped together.
- Best hometown ever: 8:46 a.m. -Matthew Dobyns, the pride of Lake Success, New York, tees off.
- Frequent Flier Miles Division: 8:35 am. – Wen-Chong Liang of China, Maximillian Kieffer of Germany and Shiv Kapur of India are up.
- Play on Words: At 1:25 p.m., Luke Donald and Paul Casey, both from England, play with Harris English, who is not.