U.S. Open tee times: Storm delays Thursday groups

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will be paired in the first and second rounds at the U.S. Open.

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It doesn't get any better than this.

Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott, the top three-ranked players in the world, respectively, will play together for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, which began Thursday at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

After a storm delay, they are scheduled to start from tee No. 1 at 4:44 p.m. Thursday and off of No. 11 at 7:44 a.m. Friday.

This is the third straight year that Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in the world have played together to begin the U.S. Open. But it will be the first time Woods and McIlroy have played together in a major championship.

McIlroy reacted via social media, posting on his Twitter account, @McIlroyRory: "Decent group for the first 2 rounds at Merion I see ..."

Other notable first- and second-round pairings include:

  • Keegan Bradley, Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker
  • Luke Donald, Martin Kaymer and Lee Westwood
  • Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson and Graeme McDowell
  • Stewart Cink, Sergio Garcia and Padraig Harrington
  • Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose and Brandt Snedeker

Why do players begin on No. 11 instead of the club's turn? After all, it's the second year the unusual starting point has been put in play. The reasons at Merion are similar to those that sparked the idea in the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club near San Francisco: The 10th tee is not near the clubhouse, as it is at most courses.

“The logistics of Merion made this the best solution,” said Reg Jones, the USGA's senior director of U.S. Open championships. “It allows us to employ one dedicated player shuttle and avoid any potential confusion. The players get dropped off in one spot and then proceed to their starting holes.”

Jeff Hall, the USGA's managing director of rules & amateur status, said tee times have been staggered to account for the difference in time needed to play 10 holes instead of eight, in an attempt to avoid logjams midround. Shuttles were employed at Bethpage in 2002 and '09, at Pinehurst in 2005 and at Pebble Beach in 2010.

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Here are the complete tee times for the first and second rounds of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion:

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Thursday afternoon

4:00 p.m., 1st hole: David Toms, Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal

4:15 p.m., 11th hole: Justin Hicks, David Howell, Brian Stuard

4:11 p.m., 1st hole: Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera, Paul Lawrie

4:26 p.m., 11th hole: Brendan Steele, Estanislao Goya, Peter Hedblom

4:22 p.m., 1st hole: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer

4:37 p.m., 11th hole: Marc Leishman, John Senden, Marcus Fraser

4:33 p.m., 1st hole: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson

4:48 p.m., 11th hole: Scott Langley, a-Chris Williams, Morgan Hoffmann

4:44 p.m., 1st hole: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott

4:59 p.m., 11th hole: Michael Thompson, a-Michael Weaver, Casey Wittenberg

4:55 p.m., 1st hole: Thongchai Jaidee, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Thorbjorn Olesen

5:10 p.m., 11th hole: K.J. Choi, Francesco Molinari, Carl Pettersson

5:06 p.m., 1st hole: Webb Simpson, a-Steven Fox, Ernie Els

5:21 p.m., 11th hole: Scott Piercy, Kevin Chappell, Jamie Donaldson

5:17 p.m., 1st hole: Kyle Stanley, Joe Ogilvie, Luke Guthrie

5:32 p.m., 11th hole: Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points

5:28 p.m., 1st hole: Josh Teater, Yoshinobu Tsukada, Eddie Pepperell

5:43 p.m., 11th hole: Branden Grace, Sang-Moon Bae, Russell Henley

5:39 p.m., 1st hole: Edward Loar, Morten Orum Madsen, Jung-Gon Hwang

5:54 p.m., 11th hole: Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel, Jordan Spieth

5:50 p.m., 1st hole: a-Max Homa, Russell Knox, Matt Bettencourt

6:05 p.m., 11th hole: Mathew Goggin, Steven Alker, Alistair Presnell

6:01 p.m., 1st hole: Adam Hadwin, John Nieporte, Jim Herman

6:16 p.m., 11th hole: Matt Harmon, a-Gavin Hall, Bio Kim

6:12 p.m., 1st hole: Brandon Brown, a-Grayson Murray, Jesse Smith

6:27 p.m., 11th hole: Zack Fischer, Ryan Sullivan, Brandon Crick

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Friday morning

No. 1 tee

6:45 a.m.: Justin Hicks, David Howell, Brian Stuard

6:56 a.m.: Brendan Steele, Estanislao Goya, Peter Hedblom

7:07 a.m.: Marc Leishman, John Senden, Marcus Fraser

7:18 a.m.: Scott Langley, a-Chris Williams, Morgan Hoffmann

7:29 a.m.: Michael Thompson, a-Michael Weaver, Casey Wittenberg

7:40 a.m.: K.J. Choi, Francesco Molinari, Carl Pettersson

7:51 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Kevin Chappell, Jamie Donaldson

8:02 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points

8:13 a.m.: Branden Grace, Sang-Moon Bae, Russell Henley

8:24 a.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel, Jordan Spieth

8:35 a.m.: Mathew Goggin, Steven Alker, Alistair Presnell

8:46 a.m.: Matt Harmon, a-Gavin Hall, Bio Kim

8:57 a.m.: Zack Fischer, Ryan Sullivan, Brandon Crick

No. 11 tee

7 a.m.: David Toms, Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal

7:11 a.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera, Paul Lawrie

7:22 a.m.: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer

7:33 a.m.: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson

7:44 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott

7:55 a.m.: Thongchai Jaidee, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:06 a.m.: Webb Simpson, a-Steven Fox, Ernie Els

8:17 a.m.: Kyle Stanley, Joe Ogilvie, Luke Guthrie

8:28 a.m.: Josh Teater, Yoshinobu Tsukada, Eddie Pepperell

8:39 a.m.: Edward Loar, Morten Orum Madsen, Jung-Gon Hwang

8:50 a.m.: a-Max Homa, Russell Knox, Matt Bettencourt

9:01 a.m.: Adam Hadwin, John Nieporte, Jim Herman

9:12 a.m.: Brandon Brown, a-Grayson Murray, Jesse Smith

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Friday afternoon

No. 1 tee

12:30 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Nicolas Colsaerts

12:41 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley

12:52 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker

1:03 p.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark

1:14 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington

1:25 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Jason Dufner, Boo Weekley

1:36 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, Jason Day

1:47 p.m.: Y.E. Yang, Freddie Jacobson, Hiroyuki Fujita

1:58 p.m.: Scott Stallings, John Peterson, Robert Karlsson

2:09 p.m.: Jay Don Blake, Brandt Jobe, Michael Campbell

2:20 p.m.: David Hearn, Mike Weir, Jaco Van Zyl

2:31 p.m.: a-Kevin Phelan, Wil Collins, Harold Varner III

2:42 p.m.: a-Cheng-Tsung Pan, Mackenzie Hughes, Geoffrey Sisk

No. 11 tee

12:45 p.m.: Cliff Kresge, Robert Tambellini, Ryan Yip

12:56 p.m.: Rikard Karlberg, Yui Ueda, John Parry

1:07 p..m.: Nick Watney, Peter Hanson, Hunter Mahan

1:18 p.m.: Lucas Glover, Paul Casey, Bill Haas

1:29 p.m.: Aaron Baddeley, Rory Sabbatini, David Lingmerth

1:40 p.m.: George Coetzee, Martin Laird, Marcel Siem

1:51 p.m.: Jerry Kelly, Charley Hoffman, John Huh

2:02 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Ryan Moore, Robert Garrigus

2:13 p.m.: Ryan Palmer, Simon Khan, Ted Potter Jr.

2:24 p.m.: Shawn Stefani, a-Michael Kim, Nicholas Thompson

2:35 p.m.: Chris Doak, Andrew Svoboda, Doug LaBelle

2:46 p.m.: Kevin Sutherland, Matt Weibring, Randall Hutchison

2:57 p.m.: a-Cory McIlyea, Ryan Nelson, John Hahn

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