Sport24.co.za | Woods, Thomas, Johnson grouped together at US Open

New York – Tiger Woods will tee it up in his first US Open since 2015 alongside world No 1 Justin Thomas and the man Thomas replaced atop the summit, Dustin Johnson.

The US Golf Association released first- and second-round tee times for the 118th US Open on Thursday, and once again their featured groups promise plenty of fireworks.

Woods, whose 14 major titles include three US Opens, has gone from strength to strength in his comeback this year from spinal fusion surgery.

The 32-year-old superstar will have a closeup view of the game’s current top two players when the trio tees off in the first round on June 14 from the first tee at Shinnecock Hills alongside Thomas and Johnson.

Northern Ireland star Rory McIlroy, the 2011 US Open champion, will launch his bid for a fifth major title alongside 2015 winner Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson – ho has six runner-up finishes but no US Open on his resume.

Playing right behind them will be Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, Australian Marc Leishman and American Rickie Fowler.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka who won last year at Erin Hills, is grouped with fellow American Bubba Watson and Australian Jason Day – a trio with four majors among them.

Former Masters champion Sergio Garcia, fourth-ranked Jon Rahm and Rafael Cabrera Bello will play together in an all-Spanish group over the first two rounds.

There are six South Africans in the field at the US Open – Ernie Els, Charl SchwartzelBranden GraceLouis OosthuizenDylan Frittelli and Dean Burmester.

Tee times for Round 1 and Round 2:

All SA times

Thursday (June 14), hole #1 / Friday (June 15), hole #10

12:45 / 18:30 – Harold Varner, Matthieu Pavon, TBD

12:56 / 18:41 – Michael Putnam, Scott Gregory, Will Zalatoris

13:07 / 18:52 – Brendan Steele, Chesson Hadley, (a) Harry Ellis

13:18 / 19:03 – Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli, (a) Doug Ghim

13:29 / 19:14 – Louis Oosthuizen, Jimmy Walker, Justin Rose

13:40 / 19:25 – Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka

13:51 / 19:36 – Tyrrell Hatton, Danny Willett, Ian Poulter

14:02 / 19:47 – Kevin Chappell, Andrew Johnston, Daniel Berger

14:13 / 19:58 – Bryson DeChambeau, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Matt Kuchar

14:24 / 20:09 – Thorbjorn Olesen, Shubhankar Sharma, Patrick Rodgers

14:35 / 20:20 – Lanto Griffin, Tom Lewis, (a) Jacob Bergeron

14:46 / 20:31 – (a) Kristoffer Reitan, (a) Luis Gagne, Cole Miller

14:57 / 20:42 – Mickey DeMorat, (a) Tyler Strafaci, Calum Hill

Thursday (June 14), hole #10 / Friday (June 15), hole #1

12:45 / 18:30 – Scott Stallings, Sebastian Munoz, Matthew Southgate

12:56 / 18:41 – Trey Mullinax, (a) Matt Parziale, Jason Scrivener

13:07 / 18:52 – David Bransdon, Eric Axley, Tyler Duncan

13:18 / 19:03 – (a) Garrett Rank, Mackenzie Hughes, Aaron Baddeley

13:29 / 19:14 – Alexander Levy, Brian Harman, Patrick Cantlay

13:40 / 19:25 – Paul Casey, Satoshi Kodaira, Branden Grace

13:51 / 19:36 – Zach Johnson, Charl Schwartzel, Patrick Reed

14:02 / 19:47 – Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson

14:13 / 19:58 – Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Rickie Fowler

14:24 / 20:09 – Charles Howell, Bill Haas, Charley Hoffman

14:35 / 20:20 – Sungjae Im, Russell Knox, Matthew Wallace

14:46 / 20:31 – (a) Shintaro Ban, Sung Joon Park, Timothy Wilkinson

14:57 / 20:42 – Dylan Meyer, Sulman Raza, Chris Naegel

Thursday (June 14), hole #1 / Friday (June 15), hole #10

18:30 / 12:45 – Sam Burns, Brian Gay, Dean Burmester

18:41 / 12:56 – TBD; (a) Chun An Yu, Wenchong Liang

18:52 / 12:07 – Russell Henley, Aaron Wise, Peter Uihlein

19:03 / 13:18 – Tony Finau, Luke List, Gary Woodland

19:14 / 13:29 – Sergio Garcia, Jon Rahm, Rafa Cabrera Bello

19:25 / 13:40 – Tommy Fleetwood, Francesco Molinari, Alexander Noren

19:36 / 13:51 – Cameron Smith, Kyle Stanley, Pat Perez

19:47 / 14:02 – Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson, Tiger Woods

19:58 / 14:13 – Haotong Li, Si Woo Kim, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

20:09 / 14:24 – Jason Dufner, (a) Braden Thornberry, Brandt Snedeker

20:20 / 14:35 – TBD; (a) Ryan Lumsden, James Morrison

20:31 / 14:46 – Cameron Wilson, (a) Will Grimmer, (a) Philip Barbaree

20:42 / 14:57 – (a) Rhett Rasmussen, Michael Hebert, Michael Block

Thursday (June 14), hole #10 / Friday (June 15), hole #1

18:30 / 12:45 – Matthew Jones, Ryan Fox, Shota Akiyoshi

18:41 / 12:56 – Paul Waring, (a) Theo Humphrey, TBD

18:52 / 13:07 – Richy Werenski, Roberto Castro, Ollie Schniederjans

19:03 / 13:18 – (a) Noah Goodwin, Richie Ramsay, Kenny Perry

19:14 / 13:29 – Keegan Bradley, TBD; Xander Schauffele

19:25 / 13:40 – Lucas Glover, Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell

19:36 / 13:51 – Ernie Els, Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk

19:47 / 14:02 – Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer

19:58 / 14:13 – Kevin Kisner, Ross Fisher, Adam Hadwin

20:09 / 14:24 – Shane Lowry, TBD; Chez Reavie, 

20:20 / 14:35 – Lucas Herbert, Brian Stuard, (a) Stewart Hagestad

20:31 / 14:46 – (a) Franklin Huang, Sebastian Vazquez, Michael Miller

20:42 / 14:57 – Christopher Babcock, (a) Timothy Wiseman, David Gazzolo

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