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With the biggest win of his career, Webb Simpson will, of course, earn the biggest payday of his career. The U.S. Open winner will rake in $1.44 million.
But as one of golf's four majors, the U.S. Open can provide a substantial prize to any golfer that finishes near the top of the leaderboard.
Here's the payout for the top-10 at the U.S. Open:
1 Webb Simpson (+1): $1,440,000
T2 Michael Thompson (+2): $695,916
T2 Graeme McDowell (+2): $695,916
T4 Jason Dufner (+3): $276,841
T4 Padraig Harrington (+3): $276,841
T4 David Toms (+3): $276,841
T4 John Peterson (+3): $276,841
T4 Jim Furyk (+3): $276,841
9 Ernie Els (+4): $200,280
T10 John Senden (+5): $163,594
T10 Kevin Chappell (+5): $163,594
T10 Casey Wittenberg (+5): $163,594
T10 Retief Goosen (+5): $163,594
T10 Lee Westwood (+5): $163,594
Anyone who made the cut earned at least $16,512.
For more in depth coverage including video, highlights and player interviews regarding the 2012 U.S. Open, make sure that you check out the USGA's ongoing coverage as well as SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.
The Olympic Club is set to do its final damage to the psyche of golfers attempting to win the 2012 U.S. Open Championship. Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell are tied at the top of the leaderboard at 1-under entering Sunday's round. The lead pairing won't tee off until later in the afternoon, but there are a few players still within striking distance.
Fredrik Jacobson sits third on the leaderboard at 1-over for the tournament. Ernie Els, Nicolas Colsaerts, Blake Adams and Lee Westwood are all right behind at 2-over and tee off shortly just before 6:00 pm Eastern.
Saturday's leader Tiger Woods was on top of the leaderboard entering the third round, but a five-over 75 now has Woods at 4-over and tied for 14th place. Tiger's red shirt will need to hone in all its superpowers on Sunday for Woods to make one final push for a major championship win.
The Final Round of the 2012 U.S. Open has finally arrived with Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell tied for the lead at the Olympic Club in San Francisco.
Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell enter Sunday at the top of the 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard and will be in the final grouping which is scheduled to tee off at approximately 6:10 p.m. ET. Fredrik Jacobson is two shots back while four golfers including Lee Westwood and Ernie Els are three back at 2-over.
Tiger Woods is 4-over and tied for 14th after a 5-over 75 on Saturday. Woods is paired with Casey Wittenberg on Sunday and will begin his round at around 4:50 p.m. this afternoon.
Here is a look at Sunday's tee times and pairings for the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open
12:20 p.m.: Stephen Ames, Joe Ogilvie
12:30 p.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Jason Bohn
12:40 p.m.: Jason Day, Simon Dyson
12:50 p.m.: Jesse Mueller, J.B. Park
1 p.m.: Michael Allen, Keegan Bradley
1:10 p.m.: Rod Pampling, Matthew Baldwin
1:20 p.m.: K.T. Kim, Zach Johnson
1:30 p.m.: Davis Love III, Nicholas Thompson
1:40 p.m.: Kevin Streelman, Alistair Presnell
1:50 p.m.: Marc Warren, Morgan Hoffmann
2 p.m.: Darron Stiles, Hiroyuki Fujita
2:10 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Jeff Curl
2:20 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay (a)
2:30 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Matteo Manassero
2:40 p.m.: Branden Grace, Phil Mickelson
2:50 p.m.: Bob Estes, Charl Schwartzel
3 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Nick Watney
3:10 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Robert Karlsson
3:20 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Alex Cejka
3:30 p.m.: Jordan Spieth (a), Angel Cabrera
3:40 p.m.: Steve LeBrun, Hunter Mahan
3:50 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin, Kevin Na
4 p.m.: Scott Langley, Adam Scott
4:10 p.m.: David Toms, Michael Thompson
4:20 p.m.: Aaron Watkins, Charlie Wi
4:30 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose
4:40 p.m.: Padraig Harrington, Hunter Hamrick
4:50 p.m.: Casey Wittenberg, Tiger Woods
5 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Martin Kaymer
5:10 p.m.: Retief Goosen, John Peterson
5:20 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Beau Hossler (a)
5:30 p.m.: John Senden, Kevin Chappell
5:40 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Nicolas Colsaerts
5:50 p.m.: Blake Adams, Ernie Els
6 p.m.: Lee Westwood, Fredrik Jacobson
6:10 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell
The lower portion of the leaderboard had a tough go during the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open as the majority of that field is struggling to make par on Saturday. Currently only 13 players are at even par or better, and seven of those are still playing their front nine.
So far the only golfer to finish their round under par is Steve LeBrun who shot a 1-under 69 for the day which included three birdies and a pair of bogeys. Looking to join LeBrun with a better than par score in the third round is Angel Cabrera and Jordan Spieth. Both Cabrera and Spieth are at 1-under par through 17 holes.
The top of the leaderboard is starting to tee off with the full slate of golfers being under way by 6:05 p.m. ET.
Tiger Woods once again finds his name atop the leaderboard at a major event. Woods is tied with Jim Furyk and David Toms at -1 through the first two rounds of play in the 2012 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California.
Consequently, Woods also finds himself the odds-on favorite to win the tournament. Woods has been given 5/4 odds to win the event headed into Saturday's round of play. Furyk has the second-best odds at 5/1, and Toms is listed at 10/1.
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Round three of the 2012 U.S. Open is set to begin on Saturday, and all eyes will once again be on Tiger Woods. Woods is tied atop the leaderboard with Jim Furyk and David Toms, and consequently, the three will be among the final golfers to tee off on Saturday.
Pairings and tee times were announced late Friday night, and courtesy of the U.S. Open's official website, here are the tee times and pairings for round three:
|1||1||9:15||K. Streelman||B. Van Pelt|
|2||1||9:25||J. Ogilvie||P. Cantlay (a)|
|3||1||9:35||M. Baldwin||S. LeBrun|
|4||1||9:45||J. Mueller||R. Fowler|
|5||1||9:55||A. Cabrera||J. Spieth (a)|
|6||1||10:05||C. Wittenberg||N. Thompson|
|7||1||10:15||J. Curl||S. Dyson|
|8||1||10:25||F. Molinari||B. Estes|
|9||1||10:35||R. Pampling||D. Love|
|10||1||10:45||S. Ames||Z. Johnson|
|11||1||10:55||P. Mickelson||A. Cejka|
|12||1||11:05||K. Kim||K. Bradley|
|13||1||11:15||A. Scott||H. Fujita|
|14||1||11:25||J. Byrd||S. Langley|
|15||1||11:35||D. Stiles||J. Day|
|16||1||11:45||M. Hoffmann||M. Warren|
|17||1||11:55||R. Karlsson||W. Simpson|
|18||1||12:05||R. Goosen||B. Grace|
|19||1||12:15||K. Na||J. Bohn|
|20||1||12:25||K. Chappell||M. Manassero|
|21||1||12:35||I. Poulter||M. Kaymer|
|22||1||12:45||L. Westwood||J. Senden|
|23||1||12:55||H. Hamrick||M. Allen|
|24||1||1:05||A. Presnell||P. Harrington|
|25||1||1:15||J. Park||S. Stricker|
|26||1||1:25||E. Els||J. Rose|
|27||1||1:35||N. Watney||S. Garcia|
|28||1||1:45||C. Wi||F. Jacobson|
|29||1||1:55||K. Choi||C. Schwartzel|
|30||1||2:05||R. Jacquelin||B. Hossler (a)|
|31||1||2:15||J. Dufner||M. Kuchar|
|32||1||2:25||H. Mahan||A. Watkins|
|33||1||2:35||B. Adams||M. Thompson|
|34||1||2:45||G. McDowell||N. Colsaerts|
|35||1||2:55||J. Peterson||D. Toms|
|36||1||3:05||T. Woods||J. Furyk|
Please note that all times listed are pacific, as the event is being held in San Francisco, so Tiger Woods won't actually tee off until 6:05 p.m. ET.
Tiger Woods is tied for the lead at the 2012 U.S. Open at 1-under and you can tune in and watch all of the action starting at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage will last through 10 p.m with live streaming of No. 8 and No. 18 holes available online at USOpen.com.
Woods is tied with Jim Furyk and David Toms for the tournament lead. Former Georgia Tech golfer Matt Kuchar is four shots back of the lead entering Saturday at 3-over for the tournament. 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson missed the cut along with 2011 U.S. Open champ Rory McIlroy.
Visit USOpen.com for a complete look at Saturday's leaderboard.
Time: 4 - 10 p.m. ET
Live Streaming: USOpen.com (Holes 8 & 18)
Two rounds of the 2012 U.S. Open are in the books and the weekend rounds will be played without the 2012 Masters champ and the defending U.S. Open winner. Bubba Watson fired a 1-over, 71 on Friday but finished just one stroke off the cut line at 9-over par. Watson couldn't overcome his 8-over opening round on Thursday.
Also missing the cut is McIlroy who finished at 10-over for the tournament after an opening round 77. Casey Martin narrowly misses the cut after a 5-over round on Friday finishing one shot off the line at 9-over. Stewart Cink also had a tough two days at The Olympic finishing 12-over for the tournament and out of the field for the weekend.
Former University of Georgia and Georgia Southern golfer Blake Adams sits tied for ninth in the 2012 U.S. Open after shooting even par on Friday.
Adams is 2-over for the tournament. On Friday, he birdied four of five holes from Nos. 7-11, but had five bogeys and one birdies outside of that.
Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk leads the field as the only players under par at 1-under. Woods has shot even par through 13, while Furyk shot 1-unde for the day. David Toms is in third at even par, while six players are tied for fourth at one-over.
Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar is tied for 15th at 3-over. He shot 3-over on the day.
Here is a look at the current leaderboard.
The projected cut line for the 2012 U.S. Open is currently at 8-over par which puts 2012 Master champion Bubba Watson and last year's 2011 Open champion Rory McIlroy are in danger of missing out on the weekend.
Watson was 8-over on Thursday and so far is 2-over for his round on Friday through nine holes. He is going to need to record some birdies if he hopes to get back on teh right side of the cut line. The situation already looks bleak for McIlroy who is in the clubhouse at 10-over. McIlroy recorded three birdies and 13 bogeys over his 36 holes of the tournament.
Stewart Cink isn't making plans for the weekend after a 5-over round on Friday that dropped him all the way to 12-under for the tournament.
Click here for a complete look at the U.S. Open Leaderboard.
Former University of Georgia and Georgia Southern golfer Blake Adams has moved up near the top of the leaderboard on Friday, posting a -2 through 15 holes at Olympic Club. Adams is now tied for fifth at even par.
Adams bogeyed the second hole of the day, but has posted five birdies and two bogeys the rest of the way.
Michael Thompson remains the tournament leader at -4, as he recently began his second round. Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar's second round has finished, and he posted a rough +3 after even par on Thursday. He's in a tie for 25th place.
Behind Thompson are Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms at -1. Furyk finished at -1, while Woods and Toms have not begun their rounds, yet.
Here is a look at the current leaderboard.
Matt Kuchar got off to a rough start on Day 2 at the U.S. Open in San Francisco. Kuchar came out and double-bogeyed the very first hole, dropping his overall score to 3-over par for the tournament.
Coming into Friday's action, the Georgia Tech alum had tied for seventh place at even par and was four shots off the lead. He's currently tied for 32nd place with the likes of Ernie Els and Jason Dufner, seven shots off the lead.
Michael Thompson is atop the leaderboard at 4-under part and should be teeing off any minute. Tiger Woods, the odds-on favorite to win the tournament, is in the hunt for the lead at 1-under and tees off a 1:18 p.m. ET.
Second round coverage of the 2012 U.S. Open gets underway on Friday at Noon, ET on ESPN. NBC takes over from 3-5 and ESPN again closes things out with prime time coverage until 10 p.m. The tournament can also be watched online via ESPN3 or USOpen.com or with the USOpen mobile app.
Online coverage includes a variety of options ranging from following the two Marquee groups of the day or focusing in on the 8th and 18th holes on the course.
Michael Thompson enters the second round at 4-under par and with a three shot lead over Tiger Woods and four other golfers who are all 1-under.
12 - 3 p.m. ET - ESPN
3 - 5 p.m. ET - NBC
5 - 10 p.m. ET - ESPN
ESPNRadio.com - 1 - 8 p.m. ET
Available on WatchESPN/ESPN3 and USOpen.com including Marquee group 1, Marquee group 2, 8th/18th hole coverage.
Michael Thompson enters the second round of the 2012 U.S. Open with a three shot lead with a three-shot lead over five golfers including Tiger Woods. Thompson will get his round underway from the No. 9 tee at approximately 3:52 p.m. ET on Friday.
Woods will once again be joined by Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson when he tees off 4:18 p.m. Friday. Woods fired a 1-under, 69 on Thursday but both Mickelson and Watson struggled. Mickelson is 6-over after Thursday and Watson is even worse at 8-over. Both are going to need very good rounds on Friday to avoid missing the cut for the weekend.
Georgia Tech alum Matt Kuchar is tied for seventh place at even par and four shots off the lead entering Friday. Kuchar will hit the course at 11:21 a.m. ET on Friday.
Here is a look at the tee times and pairings for Friday's second round of the 2012 U.S. Open:
Friday, No. 1 tee
10:15 a.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
10:26 a.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
10:37 a.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
10:48 a.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
10:59 a.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Jordan Spieth
11:10 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
11:21 a.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
11:32 a.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
11:43 a.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
11:54 a.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
12:05 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
12:16 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
12:27 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne
Friday, No. 9 tee
10 a.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
10:11 a.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
10:22 a.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
10:33 a.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
10:44 a.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
10:55 a.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
11:06 a.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
11:17 a.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
11:28 a.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
11:39 a.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
11:50 a.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
12:01 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
12:12 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney
Friday, No. 1 tee
3:45 p.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
3:56 p.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
4:07 p.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
4:18 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
4:29 p.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
4:40 p.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
4:51 p.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
5:02 p.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
5:13 p.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
5:24 p.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
5:35 p.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
5:46 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
5:57 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith
Friday, No. 9 tee
3:30 p.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
3:41 p.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
3:52 p.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
4:03 p.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
4:14 p.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
4:25 p.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
4:36 p.m.: Andy Zhang, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
4:47 p.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
4:58 p.m.: Tim Clark, Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
5:09 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
5:20 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
5:31 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
5:42 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard
Matt Kuchar is four shots behind leader Michael Thompson heading into Friday's second-round of the 2012 U.S. Open. Kuchar currently is one of eight other golfers who all shot an opening round of 70 or even par.
Jason Bohn also begins play on Friday at even par but was 3-under through 13 holes on Thursday before finishing his round with three bogeys on the last five holes. Bohn had to earn his way into the U.S. Open field winning a qualifying event last week at The River Club in Suwanee.
Bubba Watson is looking to turn things around on Friday after a disastrous 8-over opening round. Watson followed up his only birdie of the opening round at No. 17 with a double bogey at 18 to limp into the clubhouse. He will once again be paired with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson on Friday.
The first round of the 2012 U.S. Open is in the books, and there are some notable names near the top of the leaderboard.
At the very top of the leaderboard, however, is Michael Thompson, the No. 107-ranked player in the world, at -4. Thompson bogeyed his first hole, and three of the first six, but he didn't have another bogey the rest of the way and finished with seven birdies for a score of 66.
The most notable pairing of the first round was Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and former University of Georgia golfer Bubba Watson. Woods is -1, while Mickelson is +6 and Watson is +8.
As for some other players with Georgia ties, former Georgia Tech golfer Matt Kuchar and Georgia resident Jason Bohn are tied for seventh at even-par.
You can view the entire leaderboard here. Here is the top 10:
1. Michael Thompson: -4
T-2. Graeme McDowell -1
T-2. Nick Watney -1
T-2 Justin Rose -1
T-2 Tiger Woods -1
T-2 David Toms -1
T-7 Jim Furyk E
T-7 Matt Kuchar E
T-7 Ian Poulter E
T-7 Five more tied at even par
There are still quite a few golfers who have yet to play the first round of the 2012 U.S. Open, but of those who've already played their first 18 holes, no one has (yet) shot lower than St. Simons Island, GA native, Steve Marino at The Olympic Club.
Marino was a +14 on the day for a first round score of 84.
He started off by bogeying the first two holes of the course, both par fours. He made par on holes three and four but once again bogeyed back-to-back holes on four and five. He also bogeyed the eighth hole. Through the first nine holes, Marino bogeyed five of them.
The back nine was less kind as scored an eagle on the tenth hole but then proceeded to triple bogey both the 12th and 13th holes while also bogeying the next three holes thereafter. Marino would bogey on six holes of the back nine.
The Olympic Club sure hasn't been kind to the world's best golfers. So far in the 2012 U.S. Open, only three golfers are under par in the first round of play.
Michael Thompson currently leads the field with a -3 score through 17 holes. Tiger Woods and David Toms are the only other two golfers under par. Both Woods and Toms are -1, with Woods' score through 16 holes and Toms' score through 17.
The other two members of Woods' superstar grouping aren't having a fun day. Phil Mickelson sits at +6 through 17, while Bubba Watson is an even worse +8. Both golfers will need some sort of miracle to crawl back into contention.
Some of the tournament's favorites, such as Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, have yet to tee off, so we'll see if the course remains unkind throughout the afternoon.
An American currently is tied for the lead at the 2012 U.S. Open through the early going in Thursday's first round. No, it's not Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, but instead, Kevin Na finds himself tied with Branden Grace at -3 through their first nine holes of play.
The three stars in the superstar trio of Woods, Mickelson and Bubba Watson are all struggling through eight holes. Woods sits at +1, while Mickelson and Watson are both +4 -- not exactly the start any of them were looking for.
In addition to Na and Grace, Jason Bohn, Padraig Harrington, Carl Pettersson, Fredrick Jacobson, Marc Warren, Alex Noren, and Nick Sherwood are all under par and very much so capable of leading the event after the first round.
The final odds for the 2012 U.S. Open have been released, and while Georgian Bubba Watson can boast a Masters win this year, the oddsmakers still expect Tiger Woods to win the tournament at 6:1, followed closely by Rory McIlory at 8:1. Here's a look at the top favorites under 30:1 odds:
Following Garcia, there are 11 golfers listed at 33:1, including Watson, Padraig Harrington and Rickie Fowler. Watson has missed the cut twice in five career outings at the U.S. Open
While Woods occupies the top spot for almost every major, OddsShark profiled the betting heat around Lee Westwood, currently at 14:1, as a hot pick to win the major:
The world No. 3 golfer has 35 wins around the globe and after a couple of close calls at the US Open, Westwood could conquer the Olympic Club. At 12/1 odds, according to sportsbooks such as 5Dimes, he’s a good bet.
More: Live leaderboard is here.
The first round of the 2012 U.S. Open begins Thursday at The Olympic Club with a full day of coverage on tap. Unlike the limited broadcast time allotted for The Masters, the USGA allows nearly wall-to-wall television coverage of the U.S. Open. This is the third West Coast venue for the national championship since 2008, with all three broadcasts enhanced by the ability to bring primetime coverage to the East Coast. It was a huge success in 2008 at Torrey Pines and it was duplicated at Pebble Beach in 2010.
In addition to the television coverage, USOpen.com will provide live video of the morning's marquee group. As you can imagine, that group is comprised of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, and Phil Mickelson. They tee off at 10:33 a.m. ET before the broadcast comes on, but you can track their group from the very first shot on No. 9 at USOpen.com's live video page.
Thursday's First Round Broadcast Schedule
12:00-3:00 p.m. ET - ESPN
3:00-5:00 p.m. ET - NBC
5:00-10:00 p.m. ET - ESPN
The 2012 U.S. Open begins Thursday morning on the Lake Course at The Olympic Club with plenty of juicy storylines. The USGA is infamous for creating quirky and fun groups for the first two days of the Championship -- finding any little commonality they can to create a storyline. The reasoning for pairing Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods together was quite obvious -- they're three of the brightest superstars in all of sports. The USGA's Mike Davis indicated that they rigorously gamed out whether the property could handle the crush of people following one group, and their operations staff gave the grouping the go-ahead. Bubba, who was less than complimentary of the course and its setup on Tuesday, will tee off at 10:33 a.m. ET.
Watson will start on No. 9, with the USGA utilizing the somewhat atypical layout of a course that features a 10th tee that does not abut the clubhouse. Because of logistical reasons with the crowds, they decided to have groups go off No. 1 and No. 9, which is right below the men's locker room at Olympic.
Two others with Atlanta connections, Matt Kuchar and Stewart Cink, will head out in the afternoon wave at the Lake Course. Kuchar will play with Ian Poulter and Steve Stricker at 4:36 p.m. ET. Cink will play alongside fellow major champions Lucas Glover and Trevor Immelman at 4:51 p.m. ET. The USGA has embraced the tradition of later tee times that create primetime coverage on the East Coast. It was first started at Torrey Pines in 2008 and repeated at Pebble Beach in 2010, and both Kuchar and Cink will be in two of the bigger primetime groups on Thursday.
The complete list of tee times and pairings for Thursday's first round is below. All times are Eastern.
Morning wave off No. 1 tee:
10:15 a.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
10:26 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
10:37 a.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
10:48 a.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
10:59 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
11:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
11:21 a.m.: Paul Casey, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
11:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
11:43 a.m.: Tim Clark Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
11:54 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
12:05 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
12:16 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
12:27 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard
Morning wave off No. 9 tee:
10 a.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
10:11 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
10:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
10:44 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
10:55 a.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
11:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
11:17 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
11:28 a.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
11:39 a.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
11:50 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
12:01 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
12:12 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith
Afternoon wave off No. 1 tee:
3:45 p.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
3:56 p.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
4:07 p.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
4:18 p.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
4:29 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
4:40 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
4:51 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
5:02 p.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
5:13 p.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
5:24 p.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
5:35 p.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
5:46 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
5:57 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney
Afternoon wave off No. 9 tee:
3:30 p.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
3:41 p.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
3:52 p.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
4:03 p.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
4:14 p.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Brandt Snedeker
4:25 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
4:36 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
4:47 p.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
4:58 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
5:09 p.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
5:20 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
5:31 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
5:42 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne
While the U.S. Open is supposed to be one of the most difficult events on the PGA Tour, the Olympic Club in San Francisco has a special reputation even among the courses that have hosted the event.
2012 will be the fifth time the Olympic hosts the Open, and if history is any guide, the big names on the Tour may be in for a long weekend.
In 1955, Jack Fleck, a municipal golf pro, beat Ben Hogan in a three-hole playoff.
In 1966, Billy Casper came back from a seven-shot deficit to Arnold Palmer in the last nine holes to force a playoff where he ended up defeating Palmer.
In 1987, it was Tom Watson's turn to lose to a relative unknown (Scott Simpson), while Payne Stewart fell to Lee Janzen in 1998.
And in an era where the last 14 majors have had 14 different champions, there's a good chance that the Olympic could once again be an opportunity for a relative unknown to emerge and take down golf's biggest names.
Former University of Georgia golfer and Masters champion Bubba Watson isn't expecting any record-breaking scores at this weekend's U.S. Open.
The 112th U.S. Open will take place at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. The course last held the U.S. Open in 1998, when Lee Janzen won with a score at even par. Modifications have since made it even tougher. Although Watson has made his share of wild shots, even he isn't excited about the course. From the Chicago Tribune:
One of the marquee pairings of the 2012 US Open will consist of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and 2012 Masters champ Bubba Watson. When the group tees off on Thursday fans will be able to follow along online via live streaming at the U.S. Open website.
"Visitors to usopen.com and users of the U.S. Open mobile application, "U.S. Open Golf Championship," will have exclusive access to the first 90 minutes of continuous play on Thursday morning through live-streaming high-definition (HD) video, followed by ESPN's live coverage at 9 a.m. (PDT)."
The stream will cover the first 90 minutes of action and lead right into ESPN's coverage. The video stream will also be available via the official U.S. Open Mobile app.
Two days remain until the start of the 2012 U.S. Open in San Francisco. While he's not ranked No. 1, it's no surprise that Tigers Woods remains the odds-on favorite to win the tournament, at 6/1, according to Bovada.lv.
Woods tees off at 10:33 p.m. ET in the same pairing as Phil Mickelson (20/1) and former University of Georgia golfer Bubba Watson (50/1). Watson's best performance at the U.S. Open came in 2007, when he finished tied for fifth.
Woods is looking to tie Willie Jones, Bobby Anderson, Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus for the most career U.S. Open wins. Last year's U.S. Open winner, Rory McIlroy, is at 14/1 odds to repeat as tournament champion.
Here are the current odds leaders to win the U.S. Open.
Andy Zhang just might steal the attention from an already buzzworthy U.S. Open come Thursday, as the youngest player to enter the event at 14 years old. Zhang went through a practice session on Tuesday with 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and Aaron Baddeley.
The kid was nervous, and rightfully so. He hit a poor tee shot on the first practice hole and asked Watson if he could hit another shot, already using that innocent childlike appeal to his psychological advantage.
Here is what Watson had to say about the 6-foot eighth grade graduate:
"It was fun getting to meet him and watching a talent like that," Watson said. "He's a big boy for 14, and he can hit it good. Obviously at 14 he's got a lot of growing up to do with his game. Obviously he can play. He's in the U.S. Open. It's not like it just luckily happened."
Zhang will be rooting for the Miami Heat tonight, perhaps one of few things that he will be able to escape to before this historic moment at the U.S. Open.
The 2012 U.S. Open was already inundated with no shortage of narratives and storylines to watch. Would Tiger Woods return to form and tie the all-time record for most U.S. Open titles? Could Rory McIlroy become one of the few golfers to win back-to-back titles at the event? Now there will be one more narrative to watch at the Grand Slam event, which begins on Thursday: will the youngest-ever entrant into the U.S. Open make an impact?
On Monday, Paul Casey withdrew from the U.S. Open. His withdrawal opened a slot for an alternate. Now, Andy Zhang -- a native of China who has lived in the United States since he was 10 -- will become the youngest entrant to ever play in the U.S. Open.
Zhang is an amateur who, at 14 years old, stands at six feet tall. He has already signed in for the week and was set to play a practice session on Tuesday with Bubba Watson and Aaron Baddeley.
There is only one change in the top-10 of the 2012 World Golf Rankings entering the U.S. Open.
Dustin Johnson jumped 17 spots to No. 10 after winning the FedEx St. Jude Classic over the weekend. Luke Donald is No. 1 for the third consecutive week and will head into this weekend's U.S. Open in the top spot.
The most notable pairing of the tournament is No. 4 Tigers Woods, No. 5 Bubba Watson and No. 13 Phil Mickelson. Here is the top 10.
The pairing of 2012 U.S. Open favorite Tiger Woods, 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and Woods' longtime rival Phil Mickelson is sure to be the biggest storyline heading into the weekend. All three of these golfers could make a case as a favorite to win this tournament.
SB Nation's Brian Floyd writes about the difficulty of winning the U.S. Open as the toughest challenge, while at the same time young Rory McIlroy was able to make it look rather easy last year with his 16-under par record setting performance.
Still, this one isn't going to be easy for anyone, which adds to the intrigue and opens up the possibilities for anyone to come out top if given the right breaks under some what bizarre circumstances.
You can find the early pairings and tee times right here.
At the start of the week that features the 2012 U.S. Open, Tiger Woods is the odd-on favorite to win the tournament at 6/1. The esteemed Bill Hanstock of SB Nation posted odds at the golf hub page.
Woods will be paired with 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and his longtime nemesis Phil Mickelson at The Olympic Club Thursday.
Take a look here at the early odds to win this year's Open:
Tiger Woods 6/1
Lee Westwood 10/1
Rory McIlroy 10/1
Luke Donald 12/1
Phil Mickelson 16/1
Dustin Johnson 20/1
Jason Dufner 28/1
Matt Kuchar 28/1
Bubba Watson 30/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Hunter Mahan 33/1
Justin Rose 33/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 40/1
Martin Kaymer 40/1
Nick Watney 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
All eyes are sure to be on Masters champ Bubba Watson as he will be paired with Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the first two days of the 2012 US Open.
Jason Bohn took home the trophy on Monday for the US Open Sectional Qualifier played at The River Club in Suwanee Georgia. The event was a grueling one-day, 36 hole tournament. Bohn fired an opening round 65 and wrapped things up with a final round 70 to finish at 7-under par.
Bohn qualifies for the Open along with Casey Wittenberg and Tim Weinhart. Wittenberg finished one stroke back of Bohn at 6-under while Weinhart used a final round of 68 to get to 5-under.
James Love narrowly missed out on a qualifying berth finishing at 4-under. Love fired off an opening round 66 and was one shot off the lead before shooting a 1-over 72 in the second round to fall to fourth place. James White was the only other golfer under par finishing at 1-under. Both Love and White will serve as alternates should one of the top three not attend the Open.
One of the last chances to qualify for the 2012 US Open gets underway on Monday at The River Club in Suwanee, Georgia. 51 golfers will take part in the event including 12 amateurs. The event is a grueling 36-hole one day tournament with the amount of qualifying spots still yet to be determined.
Here is a look at the full tee times and pairings for the first round of Monday's US Open Qualifier At The River:
|8:00 am||1||Vince Hatfield||Greenwood, S.C.|
|Jay McLuen||Forsyth, Ga.|
|Bubba Dickerson||Hilliard, Fla.|
|8:00 am||10||Richard Swift||Australia|
|Chip Deason||Evans, Ga.|
|Casey Wittenberg||Memphis, Tenn.|
|8:10 am||1||Anders Albertson (a)||Woodstock, Ga.|
|Daniel Mobley (a)||Waynesboro, Ga.|
|Jamie Arnold||Decatur, Ga.|
|8:10 am||10||Nicholas Thompson (a)||Paducah, Ky.|
|Travis Ross||Crookston, Minn.|
|Brad Arrington||Augusta, Ga.|
|8:20 am||1||Seth Fair||Brownsburg, Ind.|
|Jay Vandeventer (a)||Bristol, Tenn.|
|Jonathan Hodge||Jasper, Tenn.|
|8:20 am||10||D. J. Tozier (a)||Mechanicville, N.Y.|
|Russell Henley||Macon, Ga.|
|William Hawkins (a)||Fort Payne, Ala.|
|8:30 am||1||Jason Bohn||Acworth, Ga.|
|Drake Duncan (a)||Bowling Green, Ky.|
|Curt Sanders||Atlanta, Ga.|
|8:30 am||10||Tim Weinhart||Alpharetta, Ga.|
|Robbie Biershenk||Greenville, S.C.|
|Scott Feaster||Columbia, S.C.|
|8:40 am||1||Jonathan Fly (a)||Memphis, Tenn.|
|Will Bowman||Greensboro, N.C.|
|Richy Werenski (a)||South Hadley, Mass.|
|8:40 am||10||Brady Schnell||Okoboji, Ariz.|
|Nicolas Wade||San Antonio, Texas|
|Blake Holbrook||Orlando, Fla.|
|8:50 am||1||James Love||Canada|
|Will Golden||Auburn, Ala.|
|Kevin Kisner||Aiken, S.C.|
|8:50 am||10||James White (a)||Acworth, Ga.|
|Jonathan Fricke||Covington, Ga.|
|Patrick Sheehan||Warwick, R.I.|
|9:00 am||1||Josh Schrader||Hilton Head Island, S.C.|
|Dustin Bray||Asheboro, N.C.|
|9:00 am||10||Brad Simons (a)||Mountain Home, Ark.|
|B. J. Staten||Dallas, Texas|
|9:10 am||1||Benjamin Greene (a)||Duluth, Ga.|
|Justin Cho (a)||Alpharetta, Ga.|
|9:10 am||10||Billy Shida||Duluth, Ga.|
|Jeffery Cammon||St. Simons Island, Ga.|
|Paul Brown||Hartsville, S.C.|
|9:20 am||1||Patrick Wilkes-Krier||Orlando, Fla.|
|Michael Maness||Galivants Ferry, S.C.|
|Mark Harrell||Chattanooga, Tenn|
The River Club in Suwanee, Georgia will host a sectional qualifier for the 2012 US Open on Monday.
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