Worth Watching - COPIED


2009 U.S. OpenThe 109th U.S. Open will begin Thursday at on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. Here are some groups worth keeping an eye on come Round 1.

*Starting on 10th tee

7:00 a.m. ET: A-Rickie Fowler, Casey Wittenberg, Bo Van Pelt
First out is the all-Oklahoma State pairing. Fun fact: the amateur of the bunch, Fowler, is actually taking time out from filming High School Musical 8, to make his second appearance at this major. He finished T60 at Torrey Pines last year ' and number one in the hearts of many female golf fans.
7:11 a.m. ET: A-Drew Weaver, Angelo Que, Simon Khan
The Dueling Drews (see below) go off simultaneously at 7:11a.m. on their respective tees. The probability of us confusing the amateur Drews throughout the tournament? High. I mean, if we still can't differentiate between the two 'Beckys' on the TV sitcom Roseanne, this won't be any easier.
7:11 a.m. ET*: A-Drew Kittleson, Sangmoon Bae, Michael Sim
Asian Tour player Sangmoon, a gifted Korean athlete whose mom caddies for him on tour, chose professional golf over professional baseball when deciding his career path a few years back. After he misses the cut this week at his first major, he may want to rethink some things. And his mom may want to consider becoming a third base coach?
7:22 a.m. ET: A-Kyle Stanley, Lucas Glover, D.J. Trahan
You'll be able to identify this group by the orange Tiger paws painted on their faces. Interestingly, no player with Clemson ties has ever won a major. So this time, theyre bringing Howards Rock, the football teams good luck charm, to Bethpage for the players to rub before teeing off. That first and last sentence are not true.
7:44 a.m. ET: Vijay Singh, Jeev Milkha Singh, K.J. Choi
Two Singhs in a grouping? Brilliant! Apparently we were also supposed to get a Geoff Ogilvy'Joe Ogilvie pairing, but Joe ruined that dream by not qualifying. Thanks a lot, Joe.
7:44 a.m. ET*: Henrik Stenson, Andrew Svoboda, Steve Stricker
Svoboda takes Robert Karlsson's place, who withdrew due to injury. You may remember Svoboda as the lucky son of a gun who made it into the 2008 U.S. Open field thanks to Sean O'Hair and Brett Wetterich dropping out at the last minute. Well, add Karlsson's name to Svobodo's list of 'Thank You' notes to send. Then consider that last year Svovoda made the cut at Torrey Pines despite never playing the course. This time, the New York native is a bit more familiar with the one in Farmingdale.
7:55 a.m. ET: Geoff Ogilvy, Jim Furyk, Paul Casey
Many experts will have one of these three players as their chic pick to upset Tiger. Theyll cite Ogivlys temperament, Furyks accuracy, and Caseys power as reasons why they will challenge for the title. We like using air quotes, because were cool.
8:06 a.m. ET: Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera, Tiger Woods
The USGA usually reserves this grouping for the defending U.S. Open champion (Woods), the British Open champion (Harrington) and the reigning U.S. Amateur champion. That would have been Danny Lee, but he up and turned pro and didnt make it through qualifying. Come on by the Golf Channel, Danny; you can watch it with us.
Amateur Rickie Fowler, who will make his second U.S. Open start this week, poses with friends and teammates at the 2007 Walker Cup. (Getty Images)

8:06 a.m. ET*: Luke Donald, Clinton Jensen, Tim Clark
Mr. Jensen takes Trevor Immelman's place after the 2008 Masters champion withdrew Sunday citing tendinitis. We point this out only because, well, we forgot Immelman was even still playing professional golf.
8:17 a.m. ET*: Andres Romero, Eduardo Romero, Miguel Angel Jimenez
Starters will certainly be happy to see not only two Singhs in a group, but also two Romeros! While were on the topic, when will we ever get two Tigers? Auditions are open, Anthony Kim.
8:28 a.m. ET*: Michael Campbell, Boo Weekley, Rod Pampling
Only six more U.S.Opens left to watch your 2005 U.S. Open champion Cambo miss the cut at this major.
8:50 a.m. ET*: Bronson Burgoon, Craig Bowden, Chris Kirk
Dear Boof Bonser of the Minnesota Twins, we're breaking up with you. We are in love with a new name in the sports world! Bronson Burgoon. Bronson Burgoon. Bronson Burgoon. Bronson Burgoon...
9:01 a.m. ET: A-Cameron Tringale, Sean Farren, Andrew Parr
If this was a Jeopardy answer, the question would be: Who are three people whove never been in my kitchen? (forward to the 1:36 mark)
1:03 p.m. ET: David Duval, David Toms, Darren Clarke
Seven years ago, Duval came to Bethpage as the reigning British Open champion and the seventh-ranked player in the world (one behind Toms, by the way). Now hes a U.S. Open qualifier and ranked 882nd, a hundredth of a point behind Udorn Duangdecha. In most other professions, a fall like that would have you eating out of garbage cans. Udorn Duangdecha? Really?
1:25 p.m. ET: Sergio Garcia, Camilo Villegas, Adam Scott The galleries these hunks are likely to draw might be record-setting ' and/or potentially aggressive. Imagine golf's version of feverish Twilight fans and Jonas Brothers followers combined, and then add in the New Yorker factor. Yikes. And all will be vying for autographs and phone numbers. Nevermind that not one of the men has won a major.
1:25 p.m. ET*: Soren Kjeldsen, Soren Hansen, Peter Hanson
Uh, we haven't been this confused with similar names since there were three Jason (and Jayson) Williams players in the NBA. The question is, who is the 'White Chocolate' of this golfing trio?
1:36 p.m. ET: Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson
Do you think Mickelson would trade one of his green jackets for one of Goosens or Els U.S. Open trophies?
1:36 p.m. ET*: Rocco Mediate, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman
This grouping has more major scars than Edward Scissorhands. The USGA should at least give them a therapist as their walking standard bearer.
1:58 p.m. ET*: Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Stewart Cink
Heres a Tweet for you Cink: Twitterz r dum. Dont kare what ur doin.
2:09 p.m. ET*: Thomas Levet, Jean-Francois Lucquin, Raphael Jacquelin
Something to impress your friends with: This is not Raphael Jacquelin's first rodeo, kids. The Frenchman with two European Tour victories actually played in the 2001 U.S. Open at Southern Hills and finished a respectable T13. We'll forgive you if you've forgotten the details of that tournament. After a horrific three-putt bogey on the 72nd hole Sunday to force a playoff, Retief Goosen finally defeated Mark Brooks the following day while 12 people watched.
2:31 p.m. ET*: Tyson Alexander, Charlie Beljan, Ryan Blaum
Here's what we know about these three: Amateur Tyson Alexander is the son of University of Florida golf coach Buddy Alexander. Charlie Beljan is the son of some man with the last name Beljan. And, as it turns out, Ryan Blaum is not baseball player Ryan Braun or even the other baseball player Ryan Braun. Hey, we're here to help. You're welcome.
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