From Tiger to Sandy: Ranking all 93 Masters players

By Jason SobelApril 10, 2013, 12:15 pm

A wise man once said there are only three certainties in life: death, taxes and ... nobody will ever correctly predict an entire golf tournament.

And yet, here I am. Again.

In what’s become an annual rite of foolishness, I have once again attempted to prognosticate the entire Masters field – from the man who will claim the green jacket to the unfortunate soul who finishes dead last.

If this list isn’t 100 percent correct on Sunday evening, I’ll guarantee your money back. (But here’s a thought: Maybe you’re reading it upside-down?) If it is, well, brace yourself for the next installment of Tigermania.

Either way, here’s hoping this helps with those for-entertainment-purposes-only office pools. Much like a good caddie, I’ll let you take all of the credit, but I’ll shoulder all of the blame – as long as you promise to tip 10 percent for the win.

1. Tiger Woods

Lost amid the hoopla surrounding Woods’ three-win start to the season is this telling stat: On the three previous occasions that he won three times prior to the Masters, he never followed by also winning at Augusta. Clichéd translation? Don’t count your green jackets before they’ve hatched. That said, even though I’m not as bullish about Tiger’s chances as most people, I also can’t find anyone in this field that I’d rank higher. A fifth Masters title – and subsequent pandemonium throughout the golf world – may be just days from taking place.

2. Keegan Bradley

I was recently talking Masters contenders with a PGA Tour pro who knows Bradley’s game well and picked him to win. When I inquired as to whether the former PGA champion has the right ball flight for Augusta, he looked at me funny. “Well, he hits it long and straight and high,” the player said. “That’s the right ball flight for every course.” Duly noted. Also noted is that Bradley has been knocking on the door all year without breaking through it yet.

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3. Rory McIlroy

So let me get this straight: Every top player talks about peaking at the right time to win major championships. But when Boy Wonder failed to peak in the weeks and months before the Masters, he was subject to ridicule for not having his best stuff yet. Well, following a solo second place at the Valero Texas Open this past week, Rory may just have the last laugh. Personally, I often prefer picking players who haven’t yet peaked rather than ones who already have. Hopefully your stockbroker has the same theory.

4. Bill Haas

Bubba Watson won the Masters in his fourth appearance; likewise, Trevor Immelman won in his fourth as a pro. Wanna take a guess as to what number this will be for Haas? After results between 26th and 42nd in his first three starts, he seems primed to contend this week. Bigger question is whether he can win. Despite four victories in the last three seasons, he’s gotten into the final group on a Sunday twice already this year, but has underwhelmed each time.

5. Lee Westwood

Yeah, yeah. I know the knock on Westwood. By now, everyone does. He’s one of the game’s preeminent ball-strikers, but at times looks lost with a putter in his hands. And more often than not, those times are down the stretch in major championships. While his putting statistics don’t show much improvement this season, there could be something about a gradually closing window that could help him finally hole some of those must-make putts in search of his long-awaited first major title.

6. Phil Mickelson

It’s funny. I keep hearing scuttlebutt about Mickelson running out of chances to win this tournament. Umm, he’s won three of 'em – and that last one was just three years ago. On a course where experience may play a bigger factor than anything else, Lefty has finished outside of the top 10 just twice since 1999. He wasn’t happy about not having a similar course to play the week before, but a little downtime prior to the Masters could turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

7. Henrik Stenson

Upon reaching the Masters field less than two weeks ago by squeezing into the world’s top 50 just before the deadline, Stenson was thrilled with the result. Not only because he gets to compete in the tournament for an eighth consecutive year, but because – in his opinion – he’s playing better than he ever has before the year’s first major. How much better? Well, he’s first on the PGA Tour in both total driving and greens in regulation percentage. That’s pretty good.

8. Adam Scott

There are two ways to look at Scott’s close call at Lytham last year: Either he doesn’t have the stuff to claim a major down the stretch or he proved that he’s very close. I’ll take the latter and use his T-2 finish at Augusta two years ago as further evidence. If we were giving a grade to Scott for his performance so far this season, though, it would have to be an I for Incomplete. With only four starts under his belt, he’s hoping that translates into extra rest instead of rust.

9. Rickie Fowler

He may have a homemade swing that doesn’t look straight out of an instructor’s assembly line, but that doesn’t mean Fowler’s move at the ball isn’t effective. While distance gets all the glory, trajectory is just as key on fast, firm greens. There is an actual PGA Tour stat called “hang time” which ranks how long shots stay in the air. Rickie ranks third in that category, which should serve him very well on a course that forces plenty of long and mid-irons into its holes.

10. Charl Schwartzel

Just 104 weeks removed from winning this event, Schwartzel hasn’t finished worse than 22nd in his last dozen stroke-play events worldwide. The debate is still open as to whether he or childhood buddy Louis Oosthuizen is the better player. Give me Schwartzel – well, at least this week. If it’s possible for a top-15 player who won two years ago to come to this event under the radar, then that’s exactly what he’s doing. All of which should serve him well during the tournament.

11. Justin Rose

Many are referring to him as a “dark horse” contender. Sorry, No. 3 player in the world is never a dark horse.

12. Matt Kuchar

With just a few holes left to play in last year’s final round, it looked like Kuchar was the guy with an inside track.

13. Hunter Mahan

As always, the key will be his short game around the greens, something he’s worked on in recent years.

14. Jason Day

After sharing second place two years ago, he’s taken a dip in the rankings, but seems to be on the uptick once again.

15. Fred Couples

It’s April; it’s Augusta; it’s Freddie. Even at 53, we’ve come to expect the unexpected from him.

16. K.J. Choi

Showing signs of trending in the right direction and he’s contended at Augusta in the past.

17. Luke Donald

Despite a strong finish two years ago, game is better suited for the other three majors.

18. Jason Dufner

Hmm … wonder what Billy Payne’s official stance would be on Dufnering in Butler Cabin.

19. Louis Oosthuizen

Everyone remembers the albatross, but he held it together with duct tape in last year’s final round.

20. Nicolas Colsaerts

Long-bombing Belgian will contend in the Masters … someday. Just needs a little experience first.

21. Dustin Johnson

His game seems tailor-made for Augusta National, which makes it puzzling why he hasn’t fared better than T-30.

22. Vijay Singh

If you thought the mess surrounding his deer-antler spray confession was big news, just wait 'til he contends this week.

23. Brian Gay

Great putters always have a chance to contend – and Gay is among the game’s best putters right now.

24. Steve Stricker

So far, so good with the part-time schedule. Let’s see if that carries over to the majors.

25. Ian Poulter

If the Masters ever moves to a match-play format, he’ll be No. 1 on this list.

26. Webb Simpson

The reigning U.S. Open champion has proven that he’s good enough to contend anyplace, anytime.

27. Ernie Els

It would be equal parts poetic and ironic if, one year after failing to qualify for the field, Els finally wins a green jacket.

28. Branden Grace

First-timer is looking to follow in the footsteps of Schwartzel and Oosthuizen as next young South African major champ.

29. Graeme McDowell

He wins his second major title this year … I think. But it won’t happen this week … I think.

30. Jim Furyk

Eagle hole-out to finish a strong week in San Antonio had to feel good for the much maligned veteran.

31. Freddie Jacobson

Player nicknamed Junkman can get up and down from everywhere, but that may be better suited for winning a U.S. Open.

32. Padraig Harrington

The bespectacled Irishman has shown signs of life recently, coming off a T-10 in San Antonio.

33. Brandt Snedeker

With a win and two seconds in the year’s first two months, gotta wonder whether he peaked too early.

34. Bubba Watson

Defending champ says his main goal is to make the cut, so he doesn’t have to sit around for two days before putting a green jacket on someone else.

35. Francesco Molinari

Ball-striker supreme somewhat surprisingly – and disappointingly – only owns one top-10 in 16 major starts.

36. Kevin Streelman

Recent winner of the Tampa Bay Championship has the grit and fire to contend at a major someday soon.

37. Peter Hanson

Surprise contender last year won’t be able to sneak up on anyone again.

38. Robert Garrigus

Quietly owns four finishes of 16th or better in eight PGA Tour starts this season.

39. Nick Watney

High-ball hitter has fared well at this event in the past, but hasn’t made much noise so far this season.

40. Bo Van Pelt

In last year’s final round, he netted a hole-in-one and bagged an another albatross, too.

41. Martin Kaymer

Once changed his swing to fit Augusta and it didn’t work. There’d be a lesson if it does work now.

42. Scott Piercy

Big hitter makes a lot of birdies and is the type of guy who could find his way onto a Round 1 leaderboard.

43. Ryan Moore

Ready to start contending at majors, but missed cuts in his last two starts shouldn’t be too inspiring.

44. David Lynn

Granted he lost by eight, but Lynn burst onto the scene here in the U.S. with a runner-up at last year’s PGA, parlaying that into PGA Tour membership.

45. John Merrick

Who says experience matters? Merrick finished T-6 in his initial Masters start two years ago.

46. Sergio Garcia

Remember: It was at Augusta last year where Sergio was quoted as saying that he’s not good enough to win a major.

47. Angel Cabrera

He’s made five of seven cuts this year, but having trouble closing, with just one of 10 weekend rounds in the 60s.

48. George Coetzee

South African failed to make the cut in each of his three major championship starts last year.

49. Russell Henley

Expect the nerves to be rattling a bit for the University of Georgia product and Sony Open champion.

50. Martin Laird

Valero Texas Open champion must feel like he’s playing with house money after receiving an 11th hour invitation.

51. Zach Johnson

Past champion has yet to play his best golf this season, with no result better than T-18 in eight starts.

52. Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano

Sneaky good Spaniard will challenge for a major sometime soon and make next year’s Ryder Cup team.

53. Matteo Manassero

Will lose his record this week as youngest player to ever compete in the Masters.

54. Carl Pettersson

In contention at last year’s PGA Championship before touching a leaf with his backswing in a hazard early in the final round.

55. Bernhard Langer

OK, it’s the Champions Tour, but Langer does have a win, two seconds and a third in five starts so far this year.

56. Stewart Cink

After getting into the final pairing in Houston two weeks ago, he’s showing signs of rounding into form.

57. John Peterson

Weird juxtaposition with last year’s U.S. Open contender in this week’s field while still trying to work his way up through the Tour.

58. Marc Leishman

Travelers Championship winner is one of four Aussie players in this week’s field.

59. a-Michael Weaver

According to those in the know, this junior from Cal is the best of the amateur bunch this year.

60. Jamie Donaldson

Making his tournament debut at age 37, the Welshman has competed in seven career U.S. events with just one top-30 finish.

61. Michael Thompson

Returning to Augusta five years after calling a penalty on himself while near the cut line as an amateur.

62. Richard Sterne

Playing good golf coming into this week, with a win and four top-10s in his last seven global starts.

63. Paul Lawrie

Chose to forgo last year’s U.S. Open, but won’t skip the Masters, where he finished T-24 a year ago.

64. Trevor Immelman

His game has hit some hard times in recent years, but the swing still looks as sweet as ever.

65. Y.E. Yang

The man of many hybrids probably has his face on a dartboard at Woods’ house somewhere.

66. David Toms

Bad sign: His first-round exit at the Match Play – good for a T-33 result – is easily his best result of the season.

67. Ben Curtis

It’s been a trying year so far, with just one of 25 total rounds in the 60s.

68. Ryo Ishikawa

At some point, his performance will equal his potential, but we’ve only seen flashes of that so far.

69. a-Alan Dunbar

British Amateur champion recently won the Georgia Cup, giving him a nod over…

70. a-Steven Fox

… the U.S. Amateur champion, who plays collegiately at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

71. Thorbjorn Olesen

Terrific young player, but reportedly still hampered by injuries suffered in a car accident prior to Shell Houston Open.

72.Tom Watson

His name can’t even be mentioned in regard to a major anymore without thoughts automatically turning to the 2009 Open Championship.

73. Lucas Glover

Since winning the 2009 U.S. Open, he has a T-39 at the Masters and two missed cuts.

74. Tim Clark

When you’re as short as him off the tee, every other facet of your game has to be dead on at a course like this.

75. John Senden

Greens in regulation machine owns just one top-25 finish in nine PGA Tour starts so far this season.

76. John Huh

A vestige of the pre-FedEx Cup days, players can still get into the field by making the prior year’s Tour Championship, as Huh did.

77. D.A. Points

No finish better than 63rd in his first nine starts this year, then a victory, then right back to a 53rd last week.

78. Ted Potter, Jr.

This comes under the category of “Just Saying”: Five of the last 10 winners have been lefties.

79. Thomas Bjorn

Nine-time competitor finished in a share of 37th place last year after a four-year Masters absence.

80. a-Tianlang Guan

Call me crazy, but I think the 14-year-old with peachfuzz and a belly putter will exceed expectations this week.

81. Kevin Na

Hasn’t competed since withdrawing with a back injury after the first round of the Puerto Rico Open a month ago.

82. Mark O’Meara

Revealed recently that he checked his cell phone on the course at Augusta when Woods won at Bay Hill. Tsk-tsk.

83. Hiroyuki Fujita

Veteran is world’s 54th-ranked player and has won five times in Asia in the past two years.

84. Larry Mize

The story of an Augusta native winning his hometown event probably doesn’t get enough pub as one of the better sports tales in the past quarter-century.

85. Thaworn Wiratchant

Special invitation hung around the leaderboard at Doral for a few days before finishing in a share of 53rd place.

86. Ben Crenshaw

You know at some point he’ll roll in a 40-footer for birdie to delight the Augusta galleries.

87. a-Nathan Smith

Investment banker from Pittsburgh may have some top pros asking him for advice.

88. Mike Weir

Poor Weirsy. On the 10-year anniversary of his win, his game is at rock-bottom and he’s dealing with injuries.

89. Jose Maria Olazabal

Last year’s Ryder Cup captain could triple bogey every hole and still be smiling about that win at Medinah.

90. Craig Stadler

It’s a shame that he’s never gotten to play this event with his son Kevin, a longtime PGA Tour pro who has never qualified.

91. a-T.J. Vogel

One of the last of the USGA's Amateur Public Links champions, as the tourney will cease to exist after next year.

92. Ian Woosnam

Actually put together a valiant effort with a pair of 77s one year ago.

93. Sandy Lyle

Opening-round 86 last year was three strokes worse than any other score during that week.

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Fleetwood: Carnoustie course record won't help at Open

By Ryan LavnerJuly 16, 2018, 2:28 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Tommy Fleetwood holds the competitive course record at Carnoustie, but he’s skeptical that his past experience will help him at The Open.

Last fall, in the European Tour’s Dunhill Links Championship, Fleetwood birdied six of his last eight holes to card a bogey-free, 9-under 63, the lowest score ever at what is widely considered to be the most difficult course in the Open rota.

No one expects a repeat this week at Carnoustie – not with the conditions this brown, firm and fast.

“It’s a completely different course,” Fleetwood said Monday. “Shots that you’ve hit have literally no relevance for a lot of it.

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“It doesn’t do any harm to have played it for a few years. It doesn’t do any harm to have a course record, but it’s a completely different challenge to what we normally face.”

Fleetwood took a much-needed two-week break after the French Open, deciding to withdraw from last week’s Scottish Open for a bit more time in his own bed. (He said it was his last full week at home until mid-October.) Since his sparkling 63 to nearly steal the U.S. Open, the Englishman said that he’d “run out of steam” but now feels energized.  

“There’s not really a good reason why I couldn’t do it (this week),” he said. “It really doesn’t matter what’s happened in the past. The only thing they could do is build your confidence and give you examples of what you can do – examples that you can end up there, and you have the game to compete.”

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NBC Sports Group Kicks Off All-Encompassing Coverage From The 147TH Open

By Golf Channel Public RelationsJuly 16, 2018, 1:25 pm

Five Past “Champion Golfers of The Year” Highlight Broadcast Team

Technology Enhancements: Links-Optimized Toptracer, Wind Gauges and Bunker Cams, Including “Johnny Miller Bunker” Along 18th Fairway

NBC Sports Group’s all-encompassing coverage from The 147TH Open kicked off today with Golf Central Live From The Open, which throughout the week will deliver nearly 50 hours of news and analysis on Golf Channel from Carnoustie Golf Links on the east coast of Scotland. The network’s Emmy-nominated tournament coverage will feature another 50 live hours being broadcast on linear television (Golf Channel, NBC), spanning from the opening tee shot at 1:30 a.m. ET on Thursday through the final putt on Sunday. An additional 170 complementary hours of streaming coverage will include featured holes and groups, bringing NBC Sports’ overall production to more than 350 total hours surrounding The Open.

“The Open is unique. Golf’s original championship isn’t just steeped in nearly 150 years of tradition; it features a multitude of storylines that fuel our comprehensive coverage plan,” said Mike McCarley, president, Golf, NBC Sports Group. “Fans look forward to the best players in the world conquering nature’s elements – this year at iconic Carnoustie Golf Links – in their quest to become the Champion Golfer of the Year. Our extensive approach utilizes a deep roster of commentators to set the stage leading up to our unprecedented coverage from the first tee shot early Thursday morning through the last putt on Sunday evening.”

Led by the deepest and most-experienced roster of analysts, hosts, reporters and personalities in the game, coverage will set the scene for golf fans with a focus on key storylines and showcase the unique traditions synonymous with golf’s original championship, culminating in the winner being awarded the iconic Claret Jug and introduced as the Champion Golfer of the Year.


NBC Sports’ live tournament and news coverage will utilize several past “Champion Golfers of the Year,” including NBC Sports’ lead analyst Johnny Miller (1976), as well as Nick Faldo (1987, ’90, ’92) and Justin Leonard (1997). David Duval (2001) and Tom Lehman (1996) are in the field as past champions, and also are scheduled to contribute to coverage. *Full broadcast teams outlined below*

THE MOST LIVE COVERAGE FROM ANY GOLF EVENT: NBC Sports’ 50 hours of live tournament coverage will utilize more than 100 available cameras and employ several technology enhancements to showcase Carnoustie’s distinct characteristics:

  • “Links Toptracer”: A reverse ball flight configuration optimized for links golf will showcase not only where shots land, but also – given players’ strategic use of the ground in links golf – “Links Toptracer” will track how shots roll out.
  • “Bunker Cam”: Coverage will feature NBC Sports’ popular “bunker cam” technology in a total of eight bunkers on Holes 5, 8, 12, 13 and 18, including in several of Carnoustie’s challenging pot bunkers. For the first time, the network will use the embedded camera technology in the face of fairway bunkers (Holes 12 & 18), including the “Johnny Miller bunker,” positioned along the right side of the fairway on the par-4 18th hole. The bunker is named in his honor after it took him two shots to get out of it during The Open in 1975.
  • Influence of Wind: Wind indicators will be utilized around the course to measure changes in wind conditions in real-time, providing immediate ultra-precise data so viewers can easily distinguish what a player is facing over a given shot.
  • “Playing Through” Returns; Callaway to Feature Custom Creative Content: Enhancing both the viewership and commercial experience, NBC Sports’ popular “Playing Through” split-screen commercial format returns for The Open, ensuring viewers don’t miss key stretches of the action during commercial breaks. For the first time at The Open, Callaway has produced an innovative “Playing Through” 30-second spot featuring 2013 Open champion Phil Mickelson. During NBC Sports’ coverage of The Open at Royal Birkdale last year, an additional 200 shots of live golf were shown via “Playing Through.”

MORE THAN 170 HOURS OF COMPLEMENTARY LIVE STREAMING COVERAGE: Complementing traditional linear broadcast coverage, NBC Sports will showcase more than 170 hours of live tournament feeds being streamed across NBC Sports Digital platforms and These feeds also will be available as part of DirecTV’s featured mosaic coverage of The Open. The four feeds will include a simulcast of tournament coverage; a “Marquee Group,” for both the morning and afternoon waves of competition; a “3-Hole Channel,” featuring tournament play on Holes 8, 9 and 10; and “Spotlight,” (also available in 4K) showcasing competition taking place on Holes 1 and 18, along with competitor interviews on the range and inside the press center.

Additional Highlights Surrounding NBC Sports’ Coverage of The 147TH Open:

  • NBC News’ Dylan Dreyer to Contribute from Carnoustie: Golf enthusiast Dylan Dreyer of NBC News’ TODAY will offer contributions from on-site at Carnoustie. Given the extensive influence weather tends to have on The Open, Dreyer’s experience as a weather anchor and a golf fan will provide a unique perspective.
  • NBC Universo Airing Simulcast of The Open: NBC Universo will deliver live Spanish-language coverage of the third and final rounds of The Open, Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22. Third round coverage will air live from 1-3 p.m. ET on Saturday, and final round coverage will air live from Noon-2 p.m. ET on Sunday. Coverage will be led by play-by-play host Miguel Gurwitz alongside analyst Edgar Lopez.
  • Conor Moore, Vernon Kay to contribute to NBC Sports’ Digital and Social Media Platforms:After grabbing the attention of the golf world leading up to the Masters earlier this year, social media influencer Conor Moore has partnered with NBC Sports to contribute to the network’s digital and social media platforms surrounding The Open, including a series of impersonations of top players in the field. Additional social media efforts throughout the week will offer expanded original content, including: a collaboration with British television host Vernon Kay, reports from Golf Channel social media correspondent Alexandra O’Laughlin, and a Lego recreation of Jean Van de Velde’s collapse in 1999.

NBC Sports Live Tournament Broadcast Team

Tom Abbott, Notah Begay, Billy Ray Brown, Curt Byrum, Nick Faldo, David Feherty, Jerry Foltz, Terry Gannon, Dan Hicks, Peter Jacobsen, Gary Koch, Justin Leonard, Todd Lewis, Jim “Bones” Mackay, Roger Maltbie, Johnny Miller, Frank Nobilo, Jimmy Roberts, Mark Rolfing, Tim Rosaforte, Steve Sands, Mike Tirico

Golf Central Live From The Open Broadcast Team

Cara Banks, Notah Begay, Steve Burkowski, Brandel Chamblee, Jaime Diaz, Rex Hoggard, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard, Rich Lerner, Todd Lewis, Frank Nobilo, Mark Rolfing, Tim Rosaforte, Ken Schofield

Morning Drive

John Cook and Damon Hack on-site at Carnoustie

Complementary Streaming Coverage Broadcast Team

Tom Abbott, Cara Banks, Steve Burkowski, Ryan Burr, Curt Byrum, John Cook, Damon Hack, Trevor Immelman, Justin Leonard

NBC Universo Broadcast Team

Miguel Gurwitz, Edgar Lopez

Golf Channel Digital

Mercer Baggs, Jay Coffin, Rex Hoggard, Ryan Lavner, Bailey Mosier, Ryan Reiterman, Brandon Tucker

Social Media Contributors

Vernon Kay, Conor Moore, Alexandra O’Laughlin

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What's in the bag: John Deere winner Michael Kim

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2018, 1:11 pm

Michael Kim won his first career PGA Tour event at the John Deere Classic. Here's a look inside his bag:

Driver: Titleist TS2 (10.5 degrees), with Aldila Rogue Black 60X shaft

Fairway wood:  Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Rogue Black 70 TX shaft

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21 degrees), Graphite Design Tour AD DI-85 X Hybrid shaft

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4), 718 AP2 (5-PW), with True Temper XP 115 shafts

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S300 shafts

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 350 prototype

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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First-, second-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 16, 2018, 12:20 pm

Three-time champion Tiger Woods is playing in The Open for the first time since he missed the cut in 2015 at St. Andrews. Woods will begin his first round Thursday in the 147th edition at Carnoustie at 10:21 a.m. ET, playing alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Russell Knox.

Defending champion Jordan Spieth delivered the claret jug to the R&A on Monday at Carnoustie. He will begin his title defense at 4:58 a.m. ET on Thursday, playing with world No. 2 Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

Other notable groupings:

  • Rory McIlroy will look to capture his second claret jug at 7:53 a.m. Thursday. He goes off with Marc Leishman and Thorbjorn Olesen.
  • World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is playing with Alex Noren and Charley Hoffman. They will play at 8:04 a.m. ET in the first round.
  • World No. 2 Justin Thomas goes at 8:26 a.m. with Francesco Molinari and Branden Grace.
  • Masters champion Patrick Reed will play with Louis Oosthuizen and Paul Casey at 5:20 a.m. ET.
  • U.S. Open champion and world No. 4 Brooks Koepka is grouped with Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith (9:59 a.m. ET).
  • Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion, will begin at 3:03 a.m. ET with Satoshi Kodaira and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Here's a look at the full list of times for Rounds 1 and 2 (all times ET):

1:35AM/6:36AM: Sandy Lyle, Martin Kaymer, Andy Sulliva

1:46AM/6:47AM: Erik Van Rooyen, Brady Schnell, Matthew Southgate

1:57AM/6:58AM: Danny Willett, Emiliano Grillo, Luke List

2:08AM/7:09AM: Mark Calcavecchia, Danthai Boonma, Shaun Nooris

2:19AM/7:20AM: Kevin Chappell, Oliver Wilson, Eddie Pepperell

2:30AM/7:31AM: Ross Fisher, Paul Dunne, Austin Cook

2:41AM/7:42AM: Tyrrell Hatton, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry

2:52AM/7:53AM: Thomas Pieters, Kevin Kisner, Marcus Kinhult

3:03AM/8:04AM: Phil Mickelson, Satoshi Kodaira, Rafa Cabrera Bello

3:14AM/8:15AM: Brian Harman, Yuta Ikeda, Andrew Landry

3:25AM/8:26AM: Si Woo Kim, Webb Simpson, Nicolai Hojgaard (a)

3:36AM/8:37AM: Stewart Cink, Brandon Stone, Hideto Tanihara

3:47AM/8:48AM: Gary Woodland, Yusaku Miyazato, Sung Kang

4:03AM/9:04AM: Ernie Els, Adam Hadwin, Chesson Hadley

4:14AM/9:15AM: Pat Perez, Julian Suri, George Coetzee

4:25AM/9:26AM: David Duval, Scott Jamieson, Kevin Na

4:36AM/9:37AM: Darren Clarke, Bernhard Langer, Retief Goosen

4:47AM/9:48AM: Matt Kuchar, Anirban Lahiri, Peter Uihlein

4:58AM/9:59AM: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

5:09AM/10:10AM: Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler, Chris Wood

5:20AM/10:21AM: Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey, Patrick Reed

5:31AM/10:32AM: Tony Finau, Xander Schauffele, Jhonattan Vegas

5:42AM/10:43AM: Yuxin Lin (a), Alexander Bjork, Sang Hyun Park

5:53AM/10:54AM: James Robinson, Haraldur Magnus, Zander Lombard

6:04AM/11:05AM: Kodai Ichihara, Rhys Enoch, Marcus Armitage

6:15AM/11:16AM: Sean Crocker, Gavin Green, Ash Turner

6:36AM/1:35AM: Brandt Snedeker, Sam Locke (a), Cameron Davis

6:47AM/1:46AM: Patton Kizzire, Jonas Blixt, Charles Howell III

6:58AM/1:57AM: Charl Schwartzel, Daniel Berger, Tom Lewis

7:09AM/2:08AM: Alex Levy, Ryan Moore, Byeong Hun An

7:20AM/2:19AM: Michael Hendry, Kelly Kraft, Lee Westwood

7:31AM/2:30AM: Henrik Stenson, Tommy Fleetwood, Jimmy Walker

7:42AM/2:41AM: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Russell Henley, Jovan Rebula (a)

7:53AM/2:52AM: Rory McIlroy, Marc Leishman, Thorbjorn Olesen

8:04AM/3:03AM: Dustin Johnson, Alex Noren, Charley Hoffman

8:15AM/3:14AM: Zach Johnson, Adam Scott, Brendan Steele

8:26AM/3:25AM: Justin Thomas, Francesco Molinari, Branden Grace

8:37AM/3:36AM: Jason Day, Shota Akiyoshi, Haotong Li

8:48AM/3:47AM: Todd Hamilton, Beau Hossler, Jorge Campillo

9:04AM/4:03AM: Ryuko Tokimatsu, Chez Reavie, Michael Kim

9:15AM/4:14AM: Kyle Stanley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Jens Dantorp

9:26AM/4:25AM: Tom Lehman, Dylan Frittelli, Grant Forrest

9:37AM/4:36AM: Lucas Herbert, Min Chel Choi, Jason Kokrak

9:48AM/4:47AM: Padraig Harrington, Bubba Watson, Matt Wallace

9:59AM/4:58AM: Ian Poulter, Cameron Smith, Brooks Koepka

10:10AM/5:09AM: Sergio Garcia, Bryson DeChambeau, Shubhankar Sharma

10:21AM/5:20AM: Tiger Woods, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Knox

10:32AM/5:31AM: Jason Dufner, Ryan Fox, Keegan Bradley

10:43AM/5:42AM: Ryan Armour, Abraham Ander, Masahiro Kawamura

10:54AM/5:53AM: Jazz Janewattananond, Fabrizio Zanotti, Jordan Smith

11:05AM/6:04AM: Brett Rumford, Masanori Kobayashi, Jack Senior

11:16AM/6:15AM: Matt Jones, Thomas Curtis, Bronson Burgoon