U.S. Open tee times pair Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson

By Shane Bacon | Blogger

There are few tournaments as prestigious as the U.S. Open, and with it comes some marquee names. Lucky for golf fans, the USGA has decided to pair the three biggest names in the game all in the same group. Yes, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson will be paired together for the first two rounds of the second major of 2012, and you should expect an absolute hurricane of fans surrounding the 7:33 a.m. tee time at Olympic Club on Thursday. Tiger, Phil and Bubba account for seven of the last 12 Masters winners, and are arguably the biggest names in the game right now, especially after what Watson did at Augusta National.

The other big-hitting threesome comes with the top three players in the world, with Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood going off at 1:29 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. The rest of the field is below, but expect some serious fireworks out of the six guys mentioned above.

Pairings that would normally tee off on No. 10 to start the round will start on No. 9 because the hole is closer to the clubhouse and practice facilities.

All Times PDT

Thursday (June 14), hole #1; Friday (June 15), hole No. 9

7:15 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. - Scott Langley, Manchester, Mo.; Steve Lebrun, West Palm Beach, Fla.; A-Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.

7:26 a.m. / 12:41 p.m. - Jason Bohn, Acworth, Ga.; Raphael Jacquelin, France; J. B. Park, Korea

7:37 a.m. / 12:52 p.m. - Michael Thompson, Birmingham, Ala.; TBD; Steve Marino, St. Simons Island, Ga.

7:48 a.m. / 1:03 p.m. - Brendan Jones, Australia; George Coetzee, South Africa; Gregory Bourdy, France

7:59 a.m. / 1:14 p.m. - A-Patrick Cantlay, Los Alamitos, Calif.; Jonathan Byrd, Sea Island, Ga.; Kyle Stanley, Gig Harbor, Wash.

8:10 a.m. / 1:25 p.m. - Retief Goosen, South Africa; Vijay Singh, Fiji; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

8:21 a.m. / 1:36 p.m. - Paul Casey, England; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan; Mark Wilson, Elmhurst, Ill.

8:32 a.m. / 1:47 p.m. - Adam Scott, Australia; Keegan Bradley, Jupiter, Fla.; Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.

8:43 a.m. / 1:58 p.m. - Tim Clark, South Africa; Toru Taniguchi, Japan; Rod Pampling, Australia

8:54 a.m. / 2:09 p.m. - Francesco Molinari, Italy; Bo Van Pelt, Jenks, Okla.; Peter Hanson, Sweden

9:05 a.m. / 2:20 p.m. - D. A. Points, Windermere, Fla.; Dong-Hwan Lee, Korea; Kevin Streelman, Scottsdale, Ariz.

9:16 a.m. / 2:31 p.m. - Edward Loar, Dallas, Texas; Paul Claxton, Claxton, Ga.; Alistair Presnell, Australia

9:27 a.m. / 2:42 p.m. - Mark McCormick, Middletown, N.J.; A-Nick Sherwood, Albany, Ore.; Cole Howard, Fort Worth, Texas

Thursday (June 14), hole #9; Friday (June 15), hole No. 1

7 a.m. / 12:45 p.m. - Shane Bertsch, Parker, Colo.; Martin Flores, Dallas, Texas; Tommy Biershenk, Inman, S.C.

7:11 a.m. / 12:56 p.m. - Scott Piercy, Las Vegas, Nev.; Matthew Baldwin, England; Matt Bettencourt, Greenville, S.C.

7:22 a.m. / 1:07 p.m. - Thomas Bjorn, Denmark; Kevin Na, Las Vegas, Nev.; Branden Grace, South Africa

7:33 a.m. / 1:18 p.m. - Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Tiger Woods, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Bubba Watson, Scottsdale, Ariz.

7:44 a.m. / 1:29 p.m. - Joe Ogilvie, Austin, Texas; Stephen Ames, Canada; Tim Herron, Deephaven, Minn.

7:55 a.m. / 1:40 p.m. - Davis Love III, Sea Island, Ga.; Padraig Harrington, Ireland; David Toms, Shreveport, La.

8:06 a.m. / 1:51 p.m. - Carl Pettersson, Sweden; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Charles Howell III, Windermere, Fla.

8:17 a.m. / 2:02 p.m. - Robert Karlsson, Sweden; Bob Estes, Austin, Texas; Robert Rock, England

8:28 a.m. / 2:13 p.m. - K. J. Choi, Korea; Y. E. Yang, Korea; K. T. Kim, Korea

8:39 a.m. / 2:24 p.m. - Fredrik Jacobson, Sweden; Robert Garrigus, Phoenix, Ariz.; Alexander Noren, Sweden

8:50 a.m. / 2:35 p.m. - Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Spain; SangMoon Bae, Korea; Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Spain

9:01 a.m. / 2:46 p.m. - Marc Warren, Scotland; Anthony Summers, Australia; Michael Allen, Scottsdale, Ariz.

9:12 a.m. / 2:57 p.m. - Hunter Hamrick, Montgomery, Ala.; Tim Weinhart, Alpharetta, Ga.; Scott Smith, Fallon, Nev.

Thursday (June 14), hole #1; Friday (June 15), hole No. 9

12:45 p.m. / 7 a.m. - Casey Martin, Eugene, Ore.; A-Cameron Wilson, Rowayton, Conn.; Dennis Miller, Youngstown, Ohio

12:56 p.m. / 7:11 a.m. - Jim Herman, Palm City, Fla.; William Lunde, Las Vegas, Nev.; David Mathis, Wake Forest, N.C.

1:07 p.m. / 7:22 a.m. - Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium; Charlie Wi, Korea; Simon Dyson, England

1:18 p.m. / 7:33 a.m. - Alvaro Quiros, Spain; Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; John Senden, Australia

1:29 p.m. / 7:44 a.m. - Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland; Luke Donald, England; Lee Westwood, England

1:40 p.m. / 7:55 a.m. - Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Bch, Fla.; Sergio Garcia, Spain; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland

1:51 p.m. / 8:06 a.m. - Stewart Cink, Duluth, Ga.; Trevor Immelman, South Africa; Lucas Glover, Sea Island, Ga.

2:02 p.m. / 8:17 a.m. Ernie Els, South Africa; Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Angel Cabrera, Argentina

2:13 p.m. / 8:28 a.m. - Martin Laird, Scotland; Ben Crane, Beaverton, Ore.; Anders Hansen, Denmark

2:24 p.m. / 8:39 a.m. - Matteo Manassero, Italy; Aaron Baddeley, Australia; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain

2:35 p.m. / 8:50 a.m. - Brian Harman, St. Simons Island, Ga.; TBD; Mikko Ilonen, Finland

2:46 p.m. / 9:01 a.m. - Brice Garnett, Gallatin, Mo.; TBD; Jesse Mueller, Mesa, Ariz.

2:57 p.m. / 9:12 a.m. - Brian Rowell, Lafayette, La.; A-Alberto Sanchez, Nogales, Ariz.; Brian Gaffney, Monmouth Beach, N.J.

Thursday (June 14), hole #9; Friday (June 15), hole No. 1

12:30 p.m. / 7:15 a.m. - John Peterson, Baton Rouge, La.; Morgan Hoffmann, Jupiter, Fla.; Aaron Watkins, Mesa, Ariz.

12:41 p.m. / 7:26 a.m. - Jeff Curl, Birmingham, Ala.; Nicholas Thompson, Coral Springs, Fla.; Casey Wittenberg, Memphis, Tenn.

12:52 p.m. / 7:37 a.m. - Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark; Chez Reavie, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Peter Lawrie, Ireland

1:03 p.m. / 7:48 a.m. - Michael Campbell, New Zealand; Olin Browne, Tequesta, Fla.; Joe Durant, Pensacola, Fla.

1:14 p.m. / 7:59 a.m. - Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Nick Watney, Las Vegas, Nev.; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.

1:25 p.m. / 8:10 a.m. - Martin Kaymer, Germany; Hunter Mahan, Colleyville, Texas; Justin Rose, England

1:36 p.m. / 8:21 a.m. - Steve Stricker, Madison, Wis.; Ian Poulter, England; Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.

1:47 p.m. / 8:32 a.m. - Jason Day, Australia; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa; Jason Dufner, Auburn, Ala.

1:58 p.m. / 8:43 a.m. - Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Dustin Johnson, Jupiter, Fla.

2:09 p.m. / 8:54 a.m. - Hunter Haas, Fort Worth, Texas; Tadahiro Takayama, Japan; Lee Slattery, England

2:20 p.m. / 9:05 a.m. - Alex Cejka, Germany; Kevin Chappell, Fresno, Calif.; Blake Adams, Eatonton, Ga.

2:31 p.m. / 9:16 a.m. - James Hahn, San Bruno, Calif.; Darron Stiles, Pinehurst, N.C.; Roberto Castro, Alpharetta, Ga.

2:42 p.m. / 9:27 a.m. - A-Brooks Koepka, Tallahassee, Fla.; TBD; Samuel Osborne, England

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