The USGA has released the groupings and tee times for the first two rounds of the 2013 U.S. Open, played at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Penn., beginning June 13.
Groups will go off split tees at the East course, but Nos. 1 and 11, not No. 10, as is the custom.
Already announced on Friday is the grouping of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, in a match of the three highest-ranked players in the Official World Golf Ranking. They tee off No. 1 on Thursday at 1:14 p.m. ET and on No. 11 at 7:44 a.m. on Friday.
Sergio Garcia didn't land Tiger Woods for the first two days, but he landed his second nemesis, Padraig Harrington, along with 2009 Open champion Stewart Cink. Harrington and Garcia are not particularly friendly, and Garcia has been on the blunt end for two of the Irishman's three major wins, including a playoff at the '07 Open Championship and at the end of the '08 PGA Championship. The group goes off No. 11 at 7:44 a.m. ET on Thursday and No. 1 at 1:14 p.m. ET on Friday.
Defending U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson is grouped with U.S. Amateur champion Steven Fox and reigning Open champion Ernie Els, starting on No. 1 at 1:36 p.m. on Thursday and 8:06 a.m. off No. 11 on Friday.
There's a Bomber Group this year, with 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson and Nicolas Colsaerts going off together in the first group at 7 a.m. from No. 11 on Thursday.
A group later at 7:11 a.m. off No. 11, Phil Mickelson and his five second-place U.S. Open finishes goes off with good friend Keegan Bradley and Steve Stricker.
After at 7:22 a.m. is another juicy group with Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker. They're the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-ranked players in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Following them at 7:44 a.m. on Thursday is the all South African trio of Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Tim Clark. At 1:07 p.m. ET on Thursday from No. 11 is the all Aussie group of Marc Leishman, John Senden and Marcus Fraser.
Six spots were left open on the tee sheet. Depending on the number of players that qualify after Sunday's professional play through the top 60 in the Official World Golf Ranking, those spots will be filled by alternates from U.S. Open sectional qualifying.
For the full list of groupings and tee times, please click to Page 2.
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