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Tiger, Rory paired at US Open

2013-06-08 09:40
Tiger Woods (File)

Ardmore - World No 1 Tiger Woods, second-ranked Rory McIlroy and reigning Masters champion Adam Scott will play alongside each other in the first two rounds at next week's 113th US Open.

The US Golf Association announced in a Twitter posting on Friday that Woods, a 14-time major champion chasing the all-time record 18 won by Jack Nicklaus, will join Scott and McIlroy off the first tee next Thursday at 19:14 SA time.

Third-ranked Scott, who became the first Australian to win a green jacket when he captured the title in April at Augusta National, and McIlroy, the 2011 US Open and 2012 PGA Championship winner, join Woods off the 11th tee next Friday at 15:44 for round two.

"Decent group for the first 2 rounds at Merion I see....," Northern Ireland's McIlroy said in a Twitter posting of his own.

Scott's caddie is Steve Williams, the former caddie of Woods.

Full pairings were announced on Friday. the tournament will open Thursday morning at 12:45 with American Cliff Kresge starting off the first tee.

Other groupings for the first two rounds that promise to command attention include the all-South African line-up of major winners Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Tim Clark, off the 11th tee on Thursday at 13:33, and the trio behind them - Irishman Padraig Harrington, Spain's Sergio Garcia and American Stewart Cink.

Americans Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley tee off two groups ahead of the South Africans while Americans Brandt Snedeker and Matt Kuchar and England's Justin Rose are in the group between.

Defending US Open champion Webb Simpson and fellow American Steven Fox, the reigning US Amateur champion, will tee off two groups behind the world's three top-ranked golfers on Thursday alongside 2012 British Open champion Ernie Els.

Just behind Woods, Scott and McIlroy will be Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee, Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.

The four groups ahead of the Woods-McIlroy-Scott trio will earn some attention as well, the first of them including major winners Darren Clarke, David Toms and Jose Maria Olazabal and the next featuring more major winners Angel Cabrera, Paul Lawrie and Geoff Ogilvy.

England's Luke Donald and Lee Westwood join Germany's Martin Kaymer in the trio after that with the slot in front of the world's top three taken by another major-winning trio - Graeme McDowell, Jim Furyk and Zach Johnson.

Pairings for next week's first and second rounds of the 113th US Open golf championship that begins on June 13 at the 6 996-yard, par-70 Merion Golf Club, with rounds starting off 1st and 11th tees (a denotes amateur):

Thursday's First Round

First tee


12:45: Cliff Kresge (USA), Roger Tambellini (USA), Ryan Yip (CAN)
12:56: Rikard Karlsberg (SWE), Yui Ueda (JPN), John Parry (ENG)
13:07: Nick Watney (USA), Peter Hanson (SWE), Hunter Mahan (USA)
13:18: Lucas Glover (USA), Paul Casey (ENG), Bill Haas (USA)
13:29: Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Rory Sabbatini (RSA), David Lingmerth (SWE)
13:40: George Coetzee (RSA), Martin Laird (SCO), Marcel Siem (GER)
13:51: Jerry Kelly (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA), John Huh (USA)
14:02: Henrik Stenson (SWE), Ryan Moore (USA), Robert Garrigus (USA)
14:13: Ryan Palmer (USA), Simon Khan (ENG), Ted Potter (USA)
14:24: Shawn Stefani (USA), a-Michael Kim (USA), Nicholas Thompson (USA)
14:35: Chris Doak (SCO), Andrew Svoboda (USA), Douglas LaBelle (USA)
14:46: Kevin Sutherland (USA), Matt Weibring (USA), Randall Hutchison (USA)
14:57: a-Cory McElyea (USA), Ryan Nelson (USA), John Hahn (USA)
18:30: David Toms (USA), Darren Clarke (NIR), Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP)
18:41: Geoff Ogilvy (AUS), Angel Cabrera (ARG), Paul Lawrie (SCO)
18:52: Luke Donald (ENG), Lee Westwood (ENG), Martin Kaymer (GER)
19:03: Jim Furyk (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR), Zach Johnson (USA)
19:14: Tiger Woods (USA), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Adam Scott (AUS)
19:25: Thongchai Jaidee (THA), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)
19:36: Webb Simpson (USA), a-Steven Fox (USA), Ernie Els (RSA)
19:47: Kyle Stanley (USA), Joe Ogilvie (USA), Luke Guthrie (USA)
19:58: Josh Teater (USA), Yoshinobu Tsukada (JPN), Eddie Pepperell (ENG)
20:09: Edward Loar (USA), Morten Orum Madsen (DEN), Hwang Jung-Gon (KOR)
20:20: a-Max Homa (USA), Russell Knox (SCO), Matt Bettencourt (USA)
20:31: Adam Hadwin (CAN), John Nieporte (USA), Jim Herman (USA)
20:42: Brandon Brown (USA), a-Grayson Murray (USA), Jesse Smith (USA)

11th Tee

13:00: Bubba Watson (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL)
13:11: Phil Mickelson (USA), Steve Stricker (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA)
13:22: Matt Kuchar (USA), Justin Rose (ENG), Brandt Snedeker (USA)
13:33: Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Tim Clark (RSA)
13:44: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Stewart Cink (USA), Padraig Harrington (IRL)
13:55: Ian Poulter (ENG), Jason Dufner (USA), Boo Weekley (USA)
14:06: Rickie Fowler (USA), Matteo Manassero (ITA), Jason Day (AUS)
14:17: YE Yang (KOR), Fredrik Jacobson (SWE), Hiroyuki Fujita (JPN)
14:28: Scott Stallings (USA), John Peterson (USA), Robert Karlsson (SWE)
14:39: Jay Don Blake (USA), Brandt Jobe (USA), Michael Campbell (NZL)
14:50: David Hearn (CAN), Mike Weir (CAN), Jaco van Zyl (RSA)
15:01: a-Kevin Phelan (IRL), Wil Collins (USA), Harold Varner (USA)
15:12: a-Pan Cheng-Tsung (TPE), Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Geoffrey Sisk (USA)
18:45: Justin Hicks (USA), David Howell (ENG), Brian Stuard (USA)
18:56: Brendan Steele (USA), Estanislao Goya (ARG), Peter Hedblom (ENG)
19:07: Marc Leishman (AUS), John Senden (AUS), Marcus Fraser (AUS)
19:18: Scott Langley (USA), a-Chris Williams (USA), Morgan Hoffmann (USA)
19:29: Michael Thompson (USA), a-Michael Weaver (USA), Casey Wittenberg (USA)
19:40: KJ Choi (KOR), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Carl Pettersson (SWE)
19:51: Scott Piercy (USA), Kevin Chappell (USA), Jamie Donaldson (WAL)
20:02: Bo Van Pelt (USA), Kevin Streelman (USA), DA Points (USA)
20:13: Branden Grace (RSA), Bae Sang-Moon (KOR), Russell Henley (USA)
20:24: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Billy Horschel (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA)
20:35: Mathew Goggin (AUS), Steven Alker (NZL), Alistair Presnell (AUS)
20:46: Matt Harmon (USA), a-Gavin Hall (USA), Kim Bi-O (KOR)
20:57: Zack Fischer (USA), Ryan Sullivan (USA), Brandon Crick (USA)

Friday's Second Round

First Tee


12:45: Justin Hicks (USA), David Howell (ENG), Brian Stuard (USA)
12:56: Brendan Steele (USA), Estanislao Goya (ARG), Peter Hedblom (ENG)
13:07: Marc Leishman (AUS), John Senden (AUS), Marcus Fraser (AUS)
13:18: Scott Langley (USA), a-Chris Williams (USA), Morgan Hoffmann (USA)
13:29: Michael Thompson (USA), a-Michael Weaver (USA), Casey Wittenberg (USA)
13:40: KJ Choi (KOR), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Carl Pettersson (SWE)
13:51: Scott Piercy (USA), Kevin Chappell (USA), Jamie Donaldson (WAL)
14:02: Bo Van Pelt (USA), Kevin Streelman (USA), DA Points (USA)
14:13: Branden Grace (RSA), Bae Sang-Moon (KOR), Russell Henley (USA)
14:24: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Billy Horschel (USA), Jordan Spieth (USA)
14:35: Mathew Goggin (AUS), Steven Alker (NZL), Alistair Presnell (AUS)
14:46: Matt Harmon (USA), a-Gavin Hall (USA), Kim Bi-O (KOR)
14:57: Zack Fischer (USA), Ryan Sullivan (USA), Brandon Crick (USA)
18:30: Bubba Watson (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL)
18:41: Phil Mickelson (USA), Steve Stricker (USA), Keegan Bradley (USA)
18:52: Matt Kuchar (USA), Justin Rose (ENG), Brandt Snedeker (USA)
19:03: Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Tim Clark (RSA)
19:14: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Stewart Cink (USA), Padraig Harrington (IRL)
19:25: Ian Poulter (ENG), Jason Dufner (USA), Boo Weekley (USA)
19:36: Rickie Fowler (USA), Matteo Manassero (ITA), Jason Day (AUS)
19:47: YE Yang (KOR), Fredrik Jacobson (SWE), Hiroyuki Fujita (JPN)
19:58: Scott Stallings (USA), John Peterson (USA), Robert Karlsson (SWE)
20:09: Jay Don Blake (USA), Brandt Jobe (USA), Michael Campbell (NZL)
20:20: David Hearn (CAN), Mike Weir (CAN), Jaco van Zyl (RSA)
20:31: a-Kevin Phelan (IRL), Wil Collins (USA), Harold Varner (USA)
20:42: a-Pan Cheng-Tsung (TPE), Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Geoffrey Sisk (USA)

11th Tee

13:00: David Toms (USA), Darren Clarke (NIR), Jose Maria Olazabal (ESP)
13:11: Geoff Ogilvy (AUS), Angel Cabrera (ARG), Paul Lawrie (SCO)
13:22: Luke Donald (ENG), Lee Westwood (ENG), Martin Kaymer (GER)
13:33: Jim Furyk (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR), Zach Johnson (USA)
13:44: Tiger Woods (USA), Rory McIlroy (NIR), Adam Scott (AUS)
13:55: Thongchai Jaidee (THA), Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (ESP), Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN)
14:06: Webb Simpson (USA), a-Steven Fox (USA), Ernie Els (RSA)
14:17: Kyle Stanley (USA), Joe Ogilvie (USA), Luke Guthrie (USA)
14:28: Josh Teater (USA), Yoshinobu Tsukada (JPN), Eddie Pepperell (ENG)
14:39: Edward Loar (USA), Morten Orum Madsen (DEN), Hwang Jung-Gon (KOR)
14:50: a-Max Homa (USA), Russell Knox (SCO), Matt Bettencourt (USA)
15:01: Adam Hadwin (CAN), John Nieporte (USA), Jim Herman (USA)
15:12: Brandon Brown (USA), a-Grayson Murray (USA), Jesse Smith (USA)
18:45: Cliff Kresge (USA), Roger Tambellini (USA), Ryan Yip (CAN)
18:56: Rikard Karlsberg (SWE), Yui Ueda (JPN), John Parry (ENG)
19:07: Nick Watney (USA), Peter Hanson (SWE), Hunter Mahan (USA)
19:18: Lucas Glover (USA), Paul Casey (ENG), Bill Haas (USA)
19:29: Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Rory Sabbatini (RSA), David Lingmerth (SWE)
19:40: George Coetzee (RSA), Martin Laird (SCO), Marcel Siem (GER)
19:51: Jerry Kelly (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA), John Huh (USA)
20:02: Henrik Stenson (SWE), Ryan Moore (USA), Robert Garrigus (USA)
20:13: Ryan Palmer (USA), Simon Khan (ENG), Ted Potter (USA)
20:24: Shawn Stefani (USA), a-Michael Kim (USA), Nicholas Thompson (USA)
20:35: Chris Doak (SCO), Andrew Svoboda (USA), Douglas LaBelle (USA)
20:46: Kevin Sutherland (USA), Matt Weibring (USA), Randall Hutchison (USA)
20:57: a-Cory McElyea (USA), Ryan Nelson (USA), John Hahn (USA)

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