Spieth to Play Open with Johnson, DeChambeau

Zach Johnson will be the old-timer in his initial play group as the US Open begins Thursday at Oakmont Golf Course in Illinois.

The 40-year-old Johnson, who won the Open Championship , will be paired with the defending champ Jordan Spieth, all of 22 and ranked No. 2 in the world, and Bryson DeChambeau, also 22, who is playing his first Major as a professional after giving up his amateur status following his performance at The Masters in April, tying for 21st.

He finished fourth at the RBC Heritage the following week in his pro debut. He proceeded to miss the cut at the next five events before tying for 38th at The Memorial two weeks ago.

The trio begin play on Thursday at 8:35 a.m. EDT. Current world No. 1 Jason Day will team with countryman Adam Scott, himself a former No. 1, and Louis Oosthuizen, starting on No. 1 at 2:20 p.m. on Thursday.  The trio have combined to win four Majors, but none of them have won the US Open.

Defending Masters champion Danny Willett will take the course along with Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy. The tour seems intent on fanning the flames of the McIlroy-Fowler friendship, while Willett will attempt to do as Spieth did a year ago and win The Masters and the US Open back to back.

As intriguing as the former champiosn are, it’s hard to beat the pairing o Matthew Fitzpatrick, Danny Lee, and Byeong-Hun An – all three of them former US Amateur champions. They begin at 8:13 a.m. Thursday.

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