Jun
12
2015
2015 U.S. Open round 1 and 2 pairings and tee times: Snooze alert and a couple really great groups
By Stephanie Wei under US Open
Par-3 no. 15 at Chambers Bay

Par-3 no. 15 at Chambers Bay

The USGA released the first and second round groupings and tee times on Friday afternoon for next week’s U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, and I have to say that they’re not as “fun” (or funny) as they traditionally have been (unless I’m completely missing something). Perhaps it’s because they got into some trouble for the “fat guys group” last year, but still, USGA, I expect more!

I feel like there are a quite a few pairings where I see a connection between two players, but there’s one odd man out. I thought about just making up random correlations, but I don’t have five hours and I’m simply not witty enough. I did my best to come up with themes. Check ’em out and feel free to give your take in the comments. 

All Times PDT

Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10

7 a.m. / 1 p.m. – Michael Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Marcus Fraser, Australia; TBD

*Putnam, who grew up just down the road from Chambers Bay where he still lives, played the first official round at the venue and shot 70, so it’s fitting that he gets to hit the first tee ball in the opening round. Meanwhile, I have no idea who this TBD guy is, but he sure shows up a lot here.

7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m. – Garth Mulroy, South Africa; Richard Lee, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark

*Um, no clue. I’d say I couldn’t pick them out of a line up, but I know Lee, so that doesn’t work. Hey, there’s that two out of three theme!

7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m. – Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (a) Kyle Jones, Snowflake, Ariz.; Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas

*Cool to see Allred, probably the nicest guy ever in pro golf, qualify.

7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m. – Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina

*All major champs who are considered bombers.

7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m. – Wen-Chong Liang, People’s Republic of China; David Hearn, Canada; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan

*Have you heard that joke about the Chinese guy, the Japanese dude and the Canadian? I haven’t, either.

7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m. – Robert Streb, Shawnee, Kan.; (a) Lee McCoy, Athens, Ga.; TBD

*Snore.

8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m. – George McNeill, Fort Myers, Fla.; Masahiro Kawamura, Japan; Cameron Tringale, Mission Viejo, Calif.

*Nice guys that the average fan couldn’t pick out of a line-up?

8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m. – Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.

*Two Europeans and an American?

8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m. – Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain; Colin Montgomerie, Scotland

*”Oldies” that don’t hit it very far.

8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m. – Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Russell Henley, Macon, Ga.; Byeong-Hun An, Republic of Korea

*Good dudes who don’t say that much. All three played in the U.S. Amateur at Chambers Bay in 2010.

8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m. – Jason Dufner, Cleveland, Ohio; Marc Warren, Scotland; Matt Every, Jacksonville, Fla.

*An outspoken guy and two quiet ones?

9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m. – Brandon Hagy, Los Angeles, Calif.; (a) Matthew NeSmith, North Augusta, S.C.; Sebastian Cappelen, Denmark

*Who?

9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m. – (a) Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.; Alex Kim, Fullerton, Calif.; Rich Berberian Jr., Derry, N.H.

*I only know Berberian because I was at the sectional where he qualified.

Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1

7 a.m. / 1 p.m. – Troy Kelly, Lakewood, Wash.; Seuk Hyun Baek, Republic of Korea; Cameron Smith, Australia

*Good to see the USGA also have another Washington native hit the first tee shot on the back nine, too.

7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m. – John Parry, England; TBD; (a) Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.

*OK.

7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m. – Timothy O’Neal, Savannah, Ga.; Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kurt Barnes, Australia

*No clue.

7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m. – Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; Victor Dubuisson, France; John Senden, Australia

*Three kinda quiet guys?

7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m. – TBD; Morgan Hoffmann, Jupiter, Fla.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria

*Two nice guys?

7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m. – Marcel Siem, Germany; Alexander Levy, France; Brian Harman, St. Simons Island, Ga.

*Two short guys and a tall dude?

8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.

*Ummm, I’m stumped, but they are all three recognizable names.

8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m. – Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain

*Three really good players who are relatively attractive. This is an awesome pairing, by the way.

8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m. – Martin Kaymer, Germany; (a) Gunn Yang, Republic of Korea; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland

*The USGA traditionally pairs the reigning U.S. Open champ (Kaymer) with the reigning U.S. Amateur champ (Yang). You’ve also got three USGA champions, not to mention the world no. 1. Kaymer and Rory *must* be sick of each other by now after playing together so much recently.

8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m. – Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas; Chris Kirk, Milton, Ga.; Jamie Donaldson, Wales

*Two guys who went to Georgia at different times (Reed and Kirk)? Two guys who were stars of their respective teams at the Ryder Cup last year (Reed and Donaldson)?

8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Keegan Bradley, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kevin Na, Diamond Bar, Calif.

*OK, this one is pretty good from the USGA. Three guys who have reputations of playing pretty slow.

9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m. – (a) Sam Horsfield, England; Shunsuke Sonoda, Japan; Oliver Farr, Wales

*Who?

9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m. – Kevin Lucas, Folsom, Calif.; Pat Wilson, Andover, N.J.; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas

*Huh?

Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10

1 p.m. / 7 a.m. – Jason Palmer, England; Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.; Andres Romero, Argentina

*Um, Palmer chips one-handed. Cool.

1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m. – (a) Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md.; D.A. Points, Windermere, Fla.; Shiv Kapur, India

*There’s a joke about shiv-ing somewhere…

1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m. – (a) Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Blayne Barber, Auburn, Ala.; Billy Hurley III, Annapolis, Md.

*Just make sure Barber signs the correct scorecard.

1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m. – Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Ernie Els, South Africa; Retief Goosen, South Africa

*Three international former major champions.

1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m. – Bo Van Pelt, Jenks, Okla.; Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz.; Tony Finau, Lehi, Utah

*Hmmm…

1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m. – Lee Janzen, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga.; Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland

*Two older gentleman who are major champs and a rising star.

2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. – Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah; Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Danny Lee, New Zealand

*Nice guys?

2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m. – Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas; Jason Day, Australia; Justin Rose, England

*Three really good players. Two super polite, PC guys and an Australian?

2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m. – Tiger Woods, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa

*TIGER WOODS! RICKIE FOWLER! LOUIS! OMG! That’s all I’ve got.

2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m. – Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ian Poulter, England

*Two relatively boring, but sneaky funny guys and a really outspoken Englishman.

2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m. – Ryan Moore, Las Vegas, Nev.; Anirban Lahiri, India; Erik Compton, Coral Gables, Fla.

*Moore is actually a Washington native and grew up not far from Chambers Bay and has won multiple USGA championships on the amateur level. No clue who he has in common with Lahiri and Compton.

3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m. – (a) Jake Knapp, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Tyler Duncan, Columbus, Ind.; Matt Mabrey, Little Rock, Ark.

*They sound like really nice guys.

3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m. – Michael Davan, Hoopeston, Ill.; (a) Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Andrew Pope, Orlando, Fla.

*See above.

Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1

1 p.m. / 7 a.m. – Tom Hoge, Fort Worth, Texas; Brad Fritsch, Holly Springs, N.C.; Tjaart van der Walt, South Africa

*Um, Fritsch is actually Canadian, but OK.

1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m. – Brad Elder, Dallas, Texas; (a) Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Jamie Lovemark, Scottsdale, Ariz.

*Cool. Hossler is only 20 but playing in his third U.S. Open.

1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m. – Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Luke Donald, England; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.

*Two shorties and a bomber.

1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m. – Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.; (a) Bradley Neil, Scotland; Marc Leishman, Australia

*Two nice guys and an amateur.

1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m. – Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas; Joost Luiten, Netherlands; Danny Willett, England

*Three nice guys.

1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m. – TBD; George Coetzee, South Africa; Alexander Noren, Sweden

*They both come from countries that start with “S”.

2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. – Brendon Todd, Atlanta, Ga.; Branden Grace, South Africa; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand

*Two guys have names that start with “B”.

2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m. – Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Paul Casey, England; Lee Westwood, England

*Three good players.

2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m. – Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Hunter Mahan, Dallas, Texas

*Three solid players.

2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m. – Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland; Ben Martin, Greenville, S.C.; Stephen Gallacher, Scotland

*Well, at least Lowry isn’t in the “fat” group again…

2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Las Vegas, Nev.; Camilo Villegas, Colombia; Tommy Fleetwood, England

*Three guys who have had interesting hair styles.

3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m. – Mark Silvers, Thunderbolt, Ga.; (a) Brian Campbell, Irvine, Calif.; Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei

*Thee mysterious qualifiers.

3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m. – TBD; Jared Becher, Reno, Nev.; Samuel Saunders, Fort Collins, Colo.

*Arnie’s grandson and ….yeah.

(a): amateur