US Open: Big three paired together

Woods, Mickelson and Scott go head-to-head in first two rounds at Torrey Pines

Golfmagic correspondent
Fri, 6 Jun 2008

Woods already under pressure with first and second round pairings

With Tiger Woods already under the microscope from the media while recovering from his knee operation and struggling to get back to peak form and fitness, the USGA has piled even more pressure on the World No.1 by pairing him with his nearest rivals in the first two rounds of the US Open, which starts at Torrey Pines, near San Diego, California next Thursday.

The organisers' philosophy is to create exceptional groups to attract attention, boost dwindling TV ratings and control the crowds, so have paired Woods with in-form Phil Mickelson (World No.2) and Adam Scott (No.3).

Officials expect crowds of about 42,000 a day and with this dream trio teeing off at just after 8 am on Thursday (and 1.36 pm on Friday), expect all roads to the coastal course to be jammed before dawn and all but a handful of spectators trying to get a glimpse of the 'big three' showdown.

But they're not the only trio worth following around the South course, though don't expect the broadcasters to miss one shot of the combined near 200 in their round.

World Nos 4,5 and 6 (Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy and Justin Rose) are paired together as are the game's biggest hitters J.B. Holmes, Brett Wetterich and the left-handed Bubba Watson. There's even a tribute to the English influence with Ian Poulter, Paul Casey and Luke Donald playing together.

Mickelson - hopes to get off to a flying start


Thursday-Friday (add 8 hours for UK times)

First/10th Hole

7 a.m/12:30 p.m: D.A. Points, Patrick Sheehan, David Hearn

7:11 a.m/12:41 p.m: Kyle Stanley (a), Casey Wittenberg, Hunter Haas

7:22 a.m/12:52 p.m: Kevin Tway (a), Jason Bohn, Dean Wilson

7:33 a.m/1:03 p.m: Jeff Wilson (a), Fredrik Jacobson, Brett Quigley

7:44 a.m/1:14 p.m: Rickie Fowler (a), Chris Kirk, Dustin Johnson

7:55 a.m/1:25 p.m: Mark Calcavecchia, Oliver Wilson, Joe Ogilvie

8:06 a.m/1:36 p.m: Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods

8:17 a.m/1:47 p.m: Lee Janzen, Steve Flesch, Rich Beem

8:28 a.m/1:58 p.m: Michael Campbell, Jesper Parnevik, Todd Hamilton

8:39 a.m/2:09 p.m: Miguel Angel Jimenez, Boo Weekley, Shingo Katayama

8:50 a.m/2:20 p.m: Anthony Kim, Andres Romero, Ryuji Imada

9:01 a.m/2:31 p.m: Mike Gilmore, Jordan Cox(a), Brian Kortan

9:12 a.m/2:42 p.m: Jeffrey Bors, Sean English, Travis Bertoni

10th Hole/First Hole

10 a.m/12:30 p.m: Robert Garrigus, Peter Tomasulo, Craig Barlow

7:11 a.m/12:41 p.m: Derek Fathauer (a), Scott Piercy, Justin Hicks

7:22 a.m/12:52 p.m: K.J. Choi, Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker

7:33 a.m/1:03 p.m: Michael Thompson (a), Rocco Mediate, Brad Bryant

7:44 a.m/1:14 p.m: Craig Parry, Robert Karlsson, Tim Clark

7:55 a.m/1:25 p.m: Stuart Appleby, Jerry Kelly, Lee Westwood

8:06 a.m/1:36 p.m: Woody Austin, Pat Perez, Thomas Levet

8:17 a.m/1:47 p.m: Matt Kuchar, Mathew Goggin, Nick Watney

8:28 a.m/1:58 p.m: Rod Pampling, Heath Slocum, Niclas Fasth

8:39 a.m/2:09 p.m: Carl Pettersson, Soren Hansen, Daniel Chopra

8:50 a.m/2:20 p.m: Johan Edfors, Eric Axley, Ben Crane

9:01 a.m/2:31 p.m: Joey Lamielle, Michael Quagliano (a), Fernando Figueroa

9:12 a.m/2:42 p.m: Chris Devlin, Yohann Benson, Brian Bergstol

First Hole/10th Hole

12:30 p.m/7 a.m: D.J. Brigman, Jonathan Mills, Jarrod Lyle

12:41 p.m/7:11 a.m: Nick Taylor (a), Charlie Beljan, Rob Rashell

12:52 p.m/7:22 a.m: Stewart Cink, Sergio Garcia, Vijay Singh

1:03 p.m/7:33 a.m: Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Mike Weir

1:14 p.m/7:44 a.m: Retief Goosen, Scott Verplank, Aaron Baddeley

1:25 p.m/7:55 a.m: Stephen Ames, Robert Allenby, Ben Curtis

1:36 p.m/8:06 a.m: Angel Cabrera, Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III

1:47 p.m/8:17 a.m: Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes, Brett Wetterich

1:58 p.m/8:28 a.m: Brandt Snedeker, Nick Dougherty, Jonathan Byrd

2:09 p.m/8:39 a.m: Michael Letzig, Ross Fisher, Steve Marino

2:20 p.m/8:50 a.m: Brandt Jobe, Phillip Archer, Jason Gore

2:31 p.m/9:01 a.m: Kevin Silva, Bobby Collins, Jay Choi

2:42 p.m/9:12 a.m: Bob Gaus, Philippe Gasnier, Garrett Chaussard

10th Hole/First Hole

12:30 p.m/7 a.m: Michael Allen, Jonathan Turcott, Scott Sterling

12:41 p.m/7:11 a.m: Kevin Streelman, Artemio Murakami, Robert Dinwiddie

12:52 p.m/7:22 a.m: Bart Bryant, D.J. Trahan, Chad Campbell

1:03 p.m/7:33 a.m: Sean O'Hair, Richard Sterne, Hunter Mahan

1:14 p.m/7:44 a.m: Ian Poulter, Paul Casey, Luke Donald

1:25 p.m/7:55 a.m: Henrik Stenson, Toru Taniguchi, John Rollins

1:36 p.m/8:06 a.m: Justin Rose, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els

1:47 p.m/8:17 a.m: Camilo Villegas, Charles Howell, Martin Kaymer

1:58 p.m/8:28 a.m: Jeff Quinney, Justin Leonard, Mark O'Meara

2:09 p.m/8:39 a.m: Rory Sabbatini, David Toms, Colin Montgomerie

2:20 p.m/8:50 a.m: John Mallinger, Alastair Forsyth, John Merrick

2:31 p.m/9:01 a.m: Chris Stroud, Ross McGowan, Ian Leggatt

2:42 p.m/9:12 a.m: John Ellis, Jimmy Henderson(a) , Andrew Dresser (a) = amateur



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