PGA Tour

McIlroy off early at US Open

2015-06-13 07:29
Rory McIlroy (AFP)

Cape Town - Martin Kaymer will start his title defence bright and early on Thursday at Chambers Bay when he plays the first round of the U.S. Open with world number one Rory McIlroy.

German Kaymer and British Open champion McIlroy will tee off at the picturesque links style layout adjacent to Puget Sound at 17:28 SA time. South Korean Yang Gunn, the US amateur champion, will complete what has become a traditional grouping.

They will be immediately preceded at 17:17 SA time by a glamour threesome of American Dustin Johnson, Australian Adam Scott and Spaniard Sergio Garcia.

The morning limelight will also focus on Phil Mickelson, a six-time US Open runner-up who needs a victory to complete the career Grand Slam.

He will be off at 16:33 SA time in the company of two-time major champions Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera.

Afternoon attention will focus on back-to-back groupings. At 23:17 SA time, Masters champion Jordan Spieth will tee off with Australian Jason Day and 2013 champion Justin Rose of England.

Eleven minutes later, Tiger Woods will embark on his quest for a 15th major title, accompanied by Players Championship winner Rickie Fowler and 2010 British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

Woods has not won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, and will be coming off a career-worst round of 85 at the Memorial last Saturday.

A field of 156 players will play the first two rounds.

The cut will be made after 36 holes, with the low 60 scores and ties advancing to the final two rounds.

Chambers Bay in Washington State, hosting its first U.S. Open, will be set up between 7 200 and 7 600 yards and will play to a par of 70.

Featured groups:






Read more on:    us open  |  martin kaymer  |  rory mcilroy  |  golf

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.