Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler highlight five most intriguing US Open groups

Rickie Fowler is usually fun to watch, but what will we get out of Tiger Woods?  (Getty Images)
Rickie Fowler is usually fun to watch, but what will we get out of Tiger Woods? (Getty Images)

The US Open first- and second-round groups and tee times are out. There are some pretty great ones, too. Unfortunately, we didn't get the Keegan Bradley-Miguel Angel Jimenez dream group, but we still got some others that are worth following.

Here are the top five, ranked.

1. Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and Justin Rose

Would anyone be surprised if the winner emerged from this group? Rose obviously has his US Open, and I think this year's version once again runs through the kid from Dallas, Texas.

Oh yeah, and Day is pretty good, too.

2. Rory McIlroy, Martin Kaymer and Gunn Yang

Kaymer and McIlroy have two trophies which they won by a combined 16 strokes. That's terrifying. Either of them has the ability to win this thing by three or four. Gunn might have the second-best name in the field (behind Cole Hammer, of course).

3. Tiger Woods, Rickie Fowler and Louis Oosthuizen

The USGA was kind enough to group all the 21st century British Open at St. Andrews winners together -- Woods (2000, 2005), Oosthuizen (2010) and Fowler (2015).

How lovely.

4. Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Angel Cabrera

Mickelson won't cease to intrigue at this tournament until he's 55 years old (for obvious reasons). Not a great draw for him. He likes playing with upbeat youngsters. He got matched with two older, surly former Masters winners.

Watson hit the putt of the week so far, by the way.  Hope it doesn't go badly next week.

5. Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia

All can win. None will. Really, Garcia and DJ should be heavily involved given their current form, but both will have the eject button within arm's length on Saturday and Sunday if things start heating up.

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Kyle Porter began his sports writing career with CBS Sports in 2012. He covers golf, writes poetry about Rory McIlroy's swing, stays ready on Tiger watch and loves the Masters more than anyone you know.... Full Bio

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