US Open

Woods, Thomas, Johnson grouped at US Open

2018-06-12 10:30
Tiger Woods (Getty)

New York - Tiger Woods will tee it up in his first US Open since 2015 alongside world No 1 Dustin Johnson and the man Johnson replaced atop the summit, Justin Thomas.

The US Golf Association released first- and second-round tee times for the 118th US Open on Thursday, and once again their featured groups promise plenty of fireworks.

Woods, whose 14 major titles include three US Opens, has gone from strength to strength in his comeback this year from spinal fusion surgery.

The 42-year-old superstar will have a close-up view of the game's current top two players when the trio tees off in the first round on June 14 from the first tee at Shinnecock Hills alongside Thomas and Johnson.

Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open champion, will launch his bid for a fifth major title alongside 2015 winner Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson - who has six runner-up finishes but no US Open on his resume.

Playing right behind them will be Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, Australian Marc Leishman and American Rickie Fowler.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka who won last year at Erin Hills, is grouped with fellow American Bubba Watson and Australian Jason Day - a trio with four majors among them.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia, fourth-ranked Jon Rahm and Rafael Cabrera Bello will play together in an all-Spanish group over the first two rounds.

There are six South Africans in the field at the US Open - Ernie Els, Charl SchwartzelBranden GraceLouis OosthuizenDylan Frittelli and Dean Burmester.

Tee times and groups for the first two rounds of the 118th US Open Golf Championship, which starts on Thursday at Shinnecock Hills (a-denotes amateur):

First round

Hole 1

12:45: Harold Varner (USA), Scott Piercy (USA), Matthieu Pavon (FRA)

12:56: Michael Putnam (USA), Scott Gregory (ENG), Will Zalatoris (USA)

13:07: Brendan Steele (USA), Chesson Hadley (USA), a-Harry Ellis (ENG)

13:18: Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Dylan Frittelli (RSA), a-Doug Ghim (USA)

13:29: Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Jimmy Walker (USA), Justin Rose (ENG)

13:40: Bubba Watson (USA), Jason Day (AUS), Brooks Koepka (USA)

13:51: Tyrrell Hatton (ENG), Danny Willett (ENG), Ian Poulter (ENG)

14:02: Kevin Chappell (USA), Andrew Johnston (ENG), Daniel Berger (USA)

14:13: Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG), Matt Kuchar (USA)

14:24: Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), Shubhankar Sharma (IND), Patrick Rodgers (USA)

14:35: Lanto Griffin (USA), Tom Lewis (ENG), a-Jacob Bergeron (USA)

14:46: a-Kristoffer Reitan (NOR), a-Luis Gagne (CRC), Cole Miller (USA)

14:57: Mickey DeMorat (USA), a-Tyler Strafaci (USA), Calum Hill (SCO)

18:30: Sam Burns (USA), Brian Gay (USA), Dean Burmester (RSA)

18:41: Ryan Evans (ENG), a-Yu Chun An (TPE), Liang Wenchong (CHN)

18:52: Russell Henley (USA), Aaron Wise (USA), Peter Uihlein (USA)

19:03:  Tony Finau (USA), Luke List (USA), Gary Woodland (USA)

19:14:  Sergio Garcia (ESP), Jon Rahm (ESP), Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP)

19:25:  Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Alexander Noren (SWE)

19:36:  Cameron Smith (AUS), Kyle Stanley (USA), Pat Perez (USA)

19:47:  Justin Thomas (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Tiger Woods (USA)

19:58:  Li Haotong (CHN), Kim Si-woo (KOR), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

20:09:  Jason Dufner (USA), a-Braden Thornberry (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA)

20:20:  Rikuya Hoshino (JPN), a-Ryan Lumsden (SCO), James Morrison (ENG)

20:31:  Cameron Wilson (USA), a-Will Grimmer (USA), a-Philip Barbaree (USA)

20:42:  a-Rhett Rasmussen (USA), Michael Hebert (USA), Michael Block (USA)

Hole 10

12:45: Scott Stallings (USA), Sebastian Munoz (COL), Matthew Southgate (ENG)

12:56: Trey Mullinax (USA), a-Matt Parziale (USA), Jason Scrivener (AUS)

13:07: David Bransdon (USA), Eric Axley (USA), Tyler Duncan (USA)

13:18: a-Garrett Rank (CAN), Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Aaron Baddeley (AUS)

13:29: Alexander Levy (FRA), Brian Harman (USA), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

13:40: Paul Casey (ENG), Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Branden Grace (RSA)

13:51: Zach Johnson (USA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Patrick Reed (USA)

14:02: Rory McIlroy (NIR), Jordan Spieth (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA)

14:13: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Marc Leishman (AUS), Rickie Fowler (USA)

14:24: Charles Howell (USA), Bill Haas (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)

14:35: Im Sung-jae (KOR), Russell Knox (SCO), Matthew Wallace (ENG)

14:46: a-Shintaro Ban (USA), Park Sung-joon (KOR), Timothy Wilkinson (NZL)

14:57: Dylan Meyer (USA), Sulman Raza (USA), Chris Naegel (USA)

18:30:  Matthew Jones (AUS), Ryan Fox (NZL), Shota Akiyoshi (JPN)

18:41: Paul Waring (ENG), a-Theo Humphrey (USA), Ted Potter Jr. (USA)

18:52: Richy Werenski (USA),  Roberto Castro (USA), Ollie Schniederjans (USA)

18:03: a-Noah Goodwin (USA), Richie Ramsay (SCO), Kenny Perry

19:14: Keegan Bradley (USA), Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Xander Schauffele (USA)

19:25: Lucas Glover (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR)

19:36: Ernie Els (RSA), Steve Stricker (USA), Jim Furyk (USA)

19:47: Henrik Stenson (SWE), Adam Scott (AUS), Martin Kaymer (GER)

19:58: Kevin Kisner (USA), Ross Fisher (ENG), Adam Hadwin (CAN)

20:09: Shane Lowry (IRL), An Byeong-hun (KOR), Chez Reavie (USA)

20:20: Lucas Herbert (AUS), Brian Stuard (USA), a-Stewart Hagestad (USA)

20:31: a-Franklin Huang (USA), Sebastian Vazquez (MEX), Michael Miller (USA)

20:42: Christopher Babcock (USA), a-Timothy Wiseman (USA), David Gazzolo (USA)

Second round

Hole 1

12:45: Matthew Jones (AUS), Ryan Fox (NZL), Shota Akiyoshi (JPN)

12:56: Paul Waring (ENG), a-Theo Humphrey (USA), Ted Potter Jr. (USA)

13:07: Richy Werenski (USA),  Roberto Castro (USA), Ollie Schniederjans (USA)

13:18: a-Noah Goodwin (USA), Richie Ramsay (SCO), Kenny Perry

13:29: Keegan Bradley (USA), Emiliano Grillo (ARG), Xander Schauffele (USA)

13:40: Lucas Glover (USA), Webb Simpson (USA), Graeme McDowell (NIR)

13:51: Ernie Els (RSA), Steve Stricker (USA), Jim Furyk (USA)

14:02: Henrik Stenson (SWE), Adam Scott (AUS), Martin Kaymer (GER)

14:13: Kevin Kisner (USA), Ross Fisher (ENG), Adam Hadwin (CAN)

14:24: Shane Lowry (IRL), An Byeong-hun (KOR), Chez Reavie (USA)

14:35: Lucas Herbert (AUS), Brian Stuard (USA), a-Stewart Hagestad (USA)

14:46: a-Franklin Huang (USA), Sebastian Vazquez (MEX), Michael Miller (USA)

14:57: Christopher Babcock (USA), a-Timothy Wiseman (USA), David Gazzolo (USA)

18:30: Scott Stallings (USA), Sebastian Munoz (COL), Matthew Southgate (ENG)

18:41: Trey Mullinax (USA), a-Matt Parziale (USA), Jason Scrivener (AUS)

18:52: David Bransdon (USA), Eric Axley (USA), Tyler Duncan (USA)

19:03: a-Garrett Rank (CAN), Mackenzie Hughes (CAN), Aaron Baddeley (AUS)

19:14: Alexander Levy (FRA), Brian Harman (USA), Patrick Cantlay (USA)

19:25: Paul Casey (ENG), Satoshi Kodaira (JPN), Branden Grace (RSA)

19:36: Zach Johnson (USA), Charl Schwartzel (RSA), Patrick Reed (USA)

19:47: Rory McIlroy (NIR), Jordan Spieth (USA), Phil Mickelson (USA)

19:58: Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Marc Leishman (AUS), Rickie Fowler (USA)

20:09: Charles Howell (USA), Bill Haas (USA), Charley Hoffman (USA)

20:20: Im Sung-jae (KOR), Russell Knox (SCO), Matthew Wallace (ENG)

20:31: a-Shintaro Ban (USA), Park Sung-joon (KOR), Timothy Wilkinson (NZL)

20:42: Dylan Meyer (USA), Sulman Raza (USA), Chris Naegel (USA)

Hole 10

12:45: Sam Burns (USA), Brian Gay (USA), Dean Burmester (RSA)

12:56: Ryan Evans (ENG), a-Yu Chun An (TPE), Liang Wenchong (CHN)

13:07: Russell Henley (USA), Aaron Wise (USA), Peter Uihlein (USA)

13:18: Tony Finau (USA), Luke List (USA), Gary Woodland (USA)

13:29: Sergio Garcia (ESP), Jon Rahm (ESP), Rafa Cabrera Bello (ESP)

13:40: Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Alexander Noren (SWE)

13:51: Cameron Smith (AUS), Kyle Stanley (USA), Pat Perez (USA)

14:02: Justin Thomas (USA), Dustin Johnson (USA), Tiger Woods (USA)

14:13: Li Haotong (CHN), Kim Si-woo (KOR), Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA)

14:24: Jason Dufner (USA), a-Braden Thornberry (USA), Brandt Snedeker (USA)

14:35: Rikuya Hoshino (JPN), a-Ryan Lumsden (SCO), James Morrison (ENG)

14:46: Cameron Wilson (USA), a-Will Grimmer (USA), a-Philip Barbaree (USA)

14:57: a-Rhett Rasmussen (USA), Michael Hebert (USA), Michael Block (USA)

18:30: Harold Varner (USA), Scott Piercy (USA), Matthieu Pavon (FRA)

18:41: Michael Putnam (USA), Scott Gregory (ENG), Will Zalatoris (USA)

18:52: Brendan Steele (USA), Chesson Hadley (USA), a-Harry Ellis (ENG)

19:03: Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Dylan Frittelli (RSA), a-Doug Ghim (USA)

19:14: Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), Jimmy Walker (USA), Justin Rose (ENG)

19:25: Bubba Watson (USA), Jason Day (AUS), Brooks Koepka (USA)

19:36: Tyrrell Hatton (ENG), Danny Willett (ENG), Ian Poulter (ENG)

19:47: Kevin Chappell (USA), Andrew Johnston (ENG), Daniel Berger (USA)

19:58: Bryson DeChambeau (USA), Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG), Matt Kuchar (USA)

20:09: Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN), Shubhankar Sharma (IND), Patrick Rodgers (USA)

20:20: Lanto Griffin (USA), Tom Lewis (ENG), a-Jacob Bergeron (USA)

20:31: a-Kristoffer Reitan (NOR), a-Luis Gagne (CRC), Cole Miller (USA)

20:42: Mickey DeMorat (USA), a-Tyler Strafaci (USA), Calum Hill (SCO)

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