2016 U.S. Open tee times and pairings: Groups to watch (or not)
By Stephanie Wei under US Open


The USGA announced groupings and starting times for the first two rounds of the 2016 U.S. Open Championship, Thursday (June 16) and Friday (June 17), on Friday. Oakmont Country Club will max out at 7,219 yards as a par-70 (in other words, it’s beastly). The field of 156 players will play the first two rounds before the low 60 scores and ties decide the cut.

The USGA has fun with its pairings in the past, but it seems like it’s backed off a little ever since receiving some backlash a few years ago for the heavyweights group. I mean, okay, maybe that went a tad too far, but no need to ruin the fun for everyone! Still, the USGA definitely has the best groupings out of the four majors. 

You can find the full list below, but here here are some that stood out (and please let me know if I missed any!):

*Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed: Oh man, this one is packed with fun, except Kuchar kind of ruins it. Well, these three will likely make the American Ryder Cup team, so they’ll have plenty more bonding time during the tortuously long rounds at Oakmont. Maybe they can talk about the U.S. is going to win for a change! Another thought: If you told me all three of these guys were serial killers, I’d believe it.

*Rory McIlroy, Danny Willett, Rickie Fowler: It appears like the USGA has adopted a new game — these two things are alike, but the other one isn’t… Well, in this case, McIlroy, a four-time major champion, and Willett, the reigning Masters champion, have major trophies, while Fowler is still searching for his first.

*Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald: Remember me? This trio of Europeans were all ranked no. 1 in the world in the past. We’ll forgive you if you don’t remember. It’s been a while.

*Zach Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth: The reigning U.S. Open champion and the reigning U.S. Amateur champion are generally always put in the same group, right? I might be making that up. Well, we’ve got Spieth and DeChambeau who fit those descriptions, along with Zach, who won the Open Championship last year. DeChambeau gave up his exemption into the U.S. Open when he turned professional, but he re-qualified by doing it the hard way — earning a spot via the 36-hole sectional qualifier.

*Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson: Oh, so much talent in this group! And no majors! Hideki is still young, so we can leave him out of the conversation, but man, between Sergio and DJ, there sure is a lot of scar tissue! Luckily for DJ, he’s not quite affected. I mean, he’s still 100% entirely convinced that he missed the four-footer to get into an 18-hole playoff with Spieth last year because the greens were bumpy. Yeah, they were bad, but almost certain DJ pulled the putt.

*Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Geoff Ogilvy: Each of these 30-something-year-olds has a single major championship to his name: the U.S. Open. If you can name which year and the venue for each, I’ll be impressed. Shouldn’t be that hard, guys. Simpson and Ogilvy didn’t win theirs as much as another guy *lost* it.

*Ernie Els, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera: These 40-somethings are also former U.S. Open champions. In fact, Els and Cabrera won at Oakmont.

*Kiradech Aphibarnrat, K.T. Kim, Kevin Na: Racial profiling! They’re all Asian!!

*Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Scott: Three guys who don’t want to go to Rio for the Olympics because of the Zika virus and/or scheduling conflicts? I kid, I kid (but really, don’t blame them!). Okay, let’s try again, they’re all major champs: Day won last year’s PGA Championship, Oosthuizen won the Open in 2010 and Scott won the Masters in 2013. So, they’ve got all the majors covered, except the one this week.

*Brooks Koepka, Chris Wood, Justin Thomas: This is simply to troll NoLayingUp and make it easier for Soly to stalk watch them. Okay, but really, three twenty-somethings that are fun to watch.

*Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson: Well, Mickelson has the all-time record for runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open, which is especially painful since he’s never won it — the only major missing on his resume. Rose was arguably the “villain” in 2013, the last time Mickelson was in contention, but he “won” it, while Phil hit some dumb wedges and lost it (again). Meanwhile, Stenson is still searching for his first major and he’s definitely in the conversation for best-player-without-a-major. All three guys can be pretty intense, too.

Did I miss any? I had to have. I did this on the plane. Please point out any good ones to me!

Full list of pairings and tee times for Thursday and Friday (all Times EDT)

Thursday (June 16), hole #1 / Friday (June 17), hole #10

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Denny McCarthy, Jupiter, Fla.; Aron Price, Australia; Mikael Lundberg, Sweden

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – (a) Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.; TBD; Tom Hoge, Fargo, N.D.

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Patrick Rodgers, Singer Island, Fla.; (a) Sam Horsfield, England; Andrew Johnston, England

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Justin Hicks, Wellington, Fla.; Soren Hansen, Denmark; Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Romain Wattel, France; Sung Kang, Republic of Korea; Yusaku Miyazato, Japan

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – Bernd Wiesberger, Austria; Matteo Manassero, Italy; Daniel Berger, Jupiter, Fla.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Sea Island, Ga.; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Spain; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.; Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif.

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Matthew Fitzpatrick, England; Danny Lee, New Zealand; Byeong Hun An, Republic of Korea

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Danny Willett, England; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Chris Kirk, Athens, Ga.; Emiliano Grillo, Argentina; Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – Mike Miller, Brewster, N.Y.; Matthew Borchert, Windermere, Fla.; (a) Charlie Danielson, Osceola, Wis.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – Chase Parker, Augusta, Ga.; (a) Ryan Stachler, Alpharetta, Ga.; Patrick Wilkes-Krier, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Thursday (June 16), hole #10 / Friday (June 17), hole #1

6:45 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. – Andres Gonzales, Lakewood, Wash.; (a) Scottie Scheffler, Dallas, Texas; Derek Fathauer, Jupiter, Fla.

6:56 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. – Andrew Landry, Austin, Texas; Matthew Baldwin, England; D.J. Trahan, Plano, Texas

7:07 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. – Rob Oppenheim, Andover, Mass.; Dicky Pride, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Wes Short Jr., Austin, Texas

7:18 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. – Patton Kizzire, Sea Island, Ga.; Yuta Ikeda, Japan; David Lingmerth, Sweden

7:29 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. – Hideto Tanihara, Japan; Gregory Bourdy, France; Kevin Streelman, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:40 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. – (a) Jon Rahm, Spain; James Hahn, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Robert Streb, Shawnee, Kan.

7:51 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. – Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Jeff Maggert, Sea Pines, S.C.; David Toms, Shreveport, La.

8:02 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. – Marc Leishman, Australia; Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Paul Casey, England

8:13 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. – Lee Westwood, England; Luke Donald, England; Martin Kaymer, Germany

8:24 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. – Russell Knox, Scotland; Harris English, Sea Island, Ga.; Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.

8:35 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. – Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas

8:46 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. – TBD; Gregor Main, Danville, Calif.; Mark Anguiano, Whittier, Calif.

8:57 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. – (a) Kyle Mueller, Athens, Ga.; Derek Chang, Dallas, Texas; Richie Schembechler, Massillon, Ohio

Thursday (June 16), hole #1 / Friday (June 17), hole #10

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Peter Hanson, Sweden; Tim Wilkinson, New Zealand; Thitiphun Chuayprakong, Thailand

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Billy Hurley III, Annapolis, Md.; Jeev Milkha Singh, India; J.J. Henry, Ft. Worth, Texas

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – Brendan Steele, Idyllwild, Calif.; Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark; Jaco Van Zyl, South Africa

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Anirban Lahiri, India; Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Jamie Donaldson, Wales

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Spencer Levin, Sacramento, Calif.; Toru Taniguchi, Japan; Carlos Ortiz, Mexico

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Ryan Moore, Las Vegas, Nev.; Andrew Sullivan, England; Charley Hoffman, San Diego, Calif.

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Ernie Els, South Africa; Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thailand; K.T. Kim, Republic of Korea; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Jason Day, Australia; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Adam Scott, Australia

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Aaron Wise, Lake Elsinore, Calif.; Ethan Tracy, Galloway, Ohio; Brandon Harkins, Scottsdale, Ariz.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – (a) Justin Suh, San Jose, Calif.; T.J. Howe, Osceola, Pa.; Frank Adams III, Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday (June 16), hole #10 / Friday (June 17), hole #1

12:30 p.m. / 6:45 a.m. – Lee Slattery, England; Miguel Tabuena, Philippines; TBD

12:41 p.m. / 6:56 a.m. – Sebastian Soderberg, Sweden; TBD; Kent Bulle, Glasgow, Ky.

12:52 p.m. / 7:07 a.m. – TBD; Alex Noren, Sweden; Jason Kokrak, Charlotte, N.C.

1:03 p.m. / 7:18 a.m. – Max Kieffer, Germany; Gary Stal, France; Kevin Tway, Edmond, Okla.

1:14 p.m. / 7:29 a.m. – Cameron Smith, Australia; Steven Bowditch, Australia; (a) Derek Bard, New Hartford, N.Y.

1:25 p.m. / 7:40 a.m. – Jim Herman, Palm City, Fla.; Smylie Kaufman, Birmingha.m., Ala.; TBD

1:36 p.m. / 7:51 a.m. – Brandt Snedeker, St. Simons Island, Ga.; Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Billy Horschel, St. Augustine, Fla.

1:47 p.m. / 8:02 a.m. – Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Chris Wood, England; Justin Thomas, Goshen, Ky.

1:58 p.m. / 8:13 a.m. – Kevin Kisner, Aiken, S.C.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Branden Grace, South Africa

2:09 p.m. / 8:24 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Justin Rose, England; Henrik Stenson, Sweden

2:20 p.m. / 8:35 a.m. – Retief Goosen, South Africa; Keegan Bradley, Woodstock, Vt.; Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.

2:31 p.m. / 8:46 a.m. – Andy Pope, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Sam Burns, Shreveport, La.; Matt Marshall, Carlton, Ore.

2:42 p.m. / 8:57 a.m. – Tyler Raber, Davis, Calif.; (a) Christopher Crawford, Bensalem, Pa.; Austin Jordan, Rainbow, Texas

(a): amateur

TBD – Player to be determined