Fun with US Open groupings


The U.S. Golf Association makes no secret of the fact that pairings for the U.S. Open are not the computer-generated, random happenings that occur on the PGA Tour. In fact, one could say the powers that be enjoy the process a little too much.

Among the highlights of this year’s first- and second-round pairings, which were published by the USGA Friday afternoon, is the 1:36 p.m. (PT) grouping off the first tee of Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, who finished second to Woods by 15 strokes the last time the Open was played at Pebble Beach, and Lee Westwood.

  • The All-Aussie group: Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, Robert Allenby (7:55 a.m., No. 10)
  • The former U.S. Amateur champions: Matt Kuchar, Justin Leonard, Scott Verplank  (8:06 a.m., No. 1)
  • The former U.S. Open champions: Retief Goosen, Jim Furyk, Angel Cabrera (7:44 a.m., No. 10)
  • The former British Open champions: David Duval, Tom Lehman, Ben Curtis (1:03 p.m., No. 1)
  • And, finally, The Gen Why? group: Ryo Ishikawa, Rory McIlory, Tom Watson (1:47 p.m., No. 10)

Who says the USGA doesn’t have an irreverent side?