Monday Scramble: Focus shifts east, toward Augusta

By Ryan LavnerFebruary 22, 2016, 5:00 pm

Bubba Watson ramps up for Augusta, Adam Scott rediscovers his confidence on the greens, the Jordan-Rory showdown fizzles, the PGA Tour heads to Florida and more in this week's edition of Monday Scramble.

The Masters is 44 days away, but we can't help but think about Augusta after watching Watson's victory at the Northern Trust Open. 

Believe in omens? Consider this:

Bubba won at Riviera in 2014, at 15 under par, and took the Masters two months later.

He won again in LA this year, at 15 under par. Does a third green jacket await? He has to be on everyone's (very) short list of contenders. 

Yes, that was the case before Watson birdied two of the last three holes to emerge from a crowded, eclectic leaderboard, but the lanky left-hander is often overlooked in this era of young, hip, popular stars. That’s partly because of his age (37), but there are other reasons, too, namely his week-to-week inconsistency and personality quirks that can rub fans and peers the wrong way. 

For all of Watson’s mood swings, he is a joy to watch play golf, a genius with an awe-inspiring combination of power, creativity and imagination. And when he brushes in putts, like he did last week at Riviera, it’s a tough combination to beat, and it’s why, since 2010, only Rory McIlroy (11) has more wins than Watson’s nine. 

Augusta, here he comes.  


1. With his victory at Riviera, Watson climbed the aforementioned list of players with the most PGA Tour wins since 2010:

  • Rory McIlroy: 11 victories
  • Watson: 9
  • Tiger Woods: 8
  • 5 others with 7

2. Putting is the key statistic for every contender, of course, but it always seems like the go-to answer for Watson when analyzing his improved performance: Today, I just made some putts.

And because of his prodigious length and superior shot-making, that’s usually enough for him to win.

Three of his biggest putts came on the back nine Sunday: The 9-footer for par on 10 after he left himself in an awkward spot off the tee, the 29-footer for birdie on 11 after an indifferent wedge shot, and the bending 5-footer for birdie on 16 to tie the lead. 

“The combination of those two,” he said of the putts on 10 and 11, “gave me the right frame of mind.”



3. Watson joked a few years ago that if he ever reached 10 PGA Tour wins – a seemingly unattainable goal for the self-taught southpaw from Bagdad, Fla. – he would retire. 

Good thing he clarified that statement – he’s almost there.

After his victory at the World Challenge in December, Watson changed his goals to include climbing to No. 1 in the world. Only then would he consider walking away.

“It would be nice to go out on top,” he said. 

4. Maybe Bubba is mentally tougher than he’s given credit for. 

Sure, he still talks himself out of contention if he dislikes a course, but on this West Coast swing he also showed resilience. 

In Phoenix, he endured such an endless barrage of jeers and taunts that a few of his peers complained on his behalf. He still tied for 14th, though he described the fallout as "heartbreaking" and "hurtful."

“I’m man enough to take the bad press now,” he said. 

And then last Monday, he passed a kidney stone. He was asked what headline he'd like for that story. 

"Bubba is a tough guy," he said with a laugh. "Mentally, he's tough."



5. With a closing 67, Scott earned his fifth worldwide runner-up finish since his last win at the 2014 Colonial – the tournament that validated his No. 1 ranking. 

The Australian figures to play the entire season under the microscope, after the anchoring ban went into effect on Jan. 1. 

Predictably, social media exploded with one-liners and memes when Scott made everything he looked at early Sunday, rolling in 109 feet worth of putts across the first six holes. But he has always been a streaky and inconsistent putter, from week-to-week and round-to-round, no matter the method. After the hot start, he made only 33 feet the rest of the way, and short misses on 14 and 15 doomed his chances.

In a lot of ways, that has been the story of his career: Some makes, some misses and, in the end, a boatload of high finishes. The reason 2015 was his first year without a win was because his ball-striking wasn’t good enough to mask his ineffectiveness on the greens. His driving and iron play were sterling at The Riv, a promising sign moving forward.

“I think I putted pretty good this week,” Scott said. “I missed a couple today, but I’m sure heaps of people missed a couple today. They all seem so much more important on the back nine, and every putt is the same, but I made so many great strokes and putts this week.” 

6. Kokrak made only one big mistake over his last 21 holes at Riviera.

It cost him his first Tour title. 

Leading by two in the middle of the 15th fairway, Kokrak sailed his approach shot from 182 yards long and left of the green. He couldn’t get up and down from there, badly missing an 8-footer for par, and did well not to drop shots on the next two holes after poor tee shots.

''You've got to eliminate the mental mistakes,'' said Kokrak, but that's easier said than done, of course, especially for a player who was in an unfamiliar position.



7. Before Bubba stole the show, Riviera was billed as the first PGA Tour showdown of 2016 for Spieth and McIlroy.

It went poorly – for both players. 

Let's start with McIlroy. He surged into a share of the lead with an eagle on the first hole Sunday, but he struggled with his speed control on the greens all day, dropping SEVEN shots before he rammed home a birdie on the 18th hole.

The 75 tied a career high for a non-major final round. The tie for 20th was his worst finish in four months. He'll be the favorite to win this week at PGA National, but this was a head-scratching finale in LA.

"I turned a chance to win into a top-20 at the end of the day," he said, "so it wasn't too good."



8. But as shocking as McIlroy's final-day slide was, by far the biggest surprise of the past week came last Thursday, when the world No. 1 missed eight putts inside 10 feet, got off to the worst start of his PGA Tour career and lost to Camilo Villegas – who hadn’t made a cut all year – by 16 strokes on one of his top-five favorite courses in the world.

By itself, this missed cut doesn’t mean much. Every Tour player, even the very best, have bad days and off-weeks. "It's going to happen," Spieth said. "Just unfortunate when it actually does."

If he can regroup, refocus and refine as the Tour moves to Florida, this will be but a blip on his 2016 résumé.

And keep this in mind, too: Spieth usually bounces back well from missed cuts. Of the 13 early exits in his career, he has returned a top-25 in 10 of those next starts, including three runners-up. 

9. If nothing else, Spieth’s missed cut once again puts into perspective Woods’ incredible record: 

  • Spieth, at age 22, now has 13 missed cuts as a professional.
  • McIlroy, at age 26, has 11.
  • And Woods, at age 40, has 15 – eight of which have come since 2012, when he battled injuries and inconsistency.


10. Here are one man's takeaways from the West Coast swing:

  • Phil is back. Rarely a contender the past two years, Mickelson had a pair of top-three finishes in four West Coast starts. None was more encouraging than his second-place showing at Pebble Beach, where he squandered a 54-hole lead with nervy, uneven play but still made it interesting on the final day. More than anything, Lefty looks reenergized and reengaged – and that bodes well for ’16 and beyond. 
  • The list of Masters favorites is even longer than usual. A convincing case could be made for more than a dozen players. That's what is so appealing about the Florida swing – it sorts out the contenders from the pretenders.
  • Yes, indeed, this is a Ryder Cup year. Many expected the Americans to have a completely new look come late September at Hazeltine – you know, out with the old, in with the new. Yet it was the veterans who showed up most often on the Left Coast, with Jason Dufner, Brandt Snedeker and Watson earning victories and Mickelson posting a couple of high finishes to bolster his position.
  • Snedeker’s 69 at Torrey Pines will stand as one of the best rounds of the season. When play was called at Torrey Pines, Sneds' score was more than nine shots better than the field average that day, and there was only one other round of par or better while already 23 players had posted a score in the 80s. It proved to be the second-most difficult non-major Tour round in the past 25 years.
  • Save that "Wet Coast swing" joke for another year. If you throw out the wild, El Nino weather day at Torrey Pines – when temperatures dove into the 50s and winds howled up to 50 mph – it was perfect weather for every other round. Which is exactly what you hope for when the Tour heads to classic venues like Torrey, Pebble and Riv. 


Relying only on some of the clips that McIlroy has posted to his social media accounts, Brandel Chamblee said on an NBC Sports conference call that he can’t help but be reminded of Tiger Woods’ physical breakdown when he sees some of the “extensive weightlifting” that the world No. 3 is doing.

This wasn’t a new critique, nor was it particularly insightful – Chamblee, after all, has never lifted with McIlroy and has no idea what he really does under the direction of Steve McGregor, who has trained both the New York Knicks and Manchester City soccer team. (Or, in other words, he's a guy who knows what he’s doing.)  

Most concerning, though, was the parallel with Tiger.

Woods was obsessed with working out, with looking like an athlete, with being viewed as strong and powerful. McIlroy, who had 22 percent body fat when he turned pro, works out mostly to avoid injury, to combat a degenerative disc in his back. Big difference.

Woods remains, for now, a cautionary tale for the gym rats, a player who was so hell-bent on being the most fit golfer of all time that he took it too far. As Chamblee himself conceded about McIlroy: “Thus far, there’s been no signs that it’s adversely affected his game.”

Enough said, then. 

This week's award winners ... 


Not a Gear Head: Dustin Johnson. Asked if he was playing new irons at Riviera, DJ responded: "Yeah, I did, I put a new set of irons in. I think they are the [TaylorMade] PSi Tours, something like that." Never mind that the PSi logo was stitched onto the right side of his hat.

It’s Really Hard to Win: Soomin Lee. Leading by two with three to play at the Maybank Championship, the South Korean collapsed down the stretch, double-bogeying the 16th and 18th holes to hand the European Tour title to Marcus Fraser. 

Common Sense Wins: Flipping the nines at East Lake for the Tour Championship. Wait, a 235-yard par 3 isn’t an exciting way to finish a season-long competition? Bring on the reachable par 5. 

Shockingly, This Won’t Help Increase Interest: Kenny Perry’s thoughts on the senior circuit. Fed up with the lack of publicity, the 55-year-old said that the media and fans look at the PGA Tour Champions players as a “freak show” and that nothing that happens out there “means anything to anybody.”

Rory Isn’t the Only Person Working Out: Lindsey Vonn. While her ex is laid up somewhere recovering from another back surgery, here is Vonn, doing pullups in only body paint:

Random Thought of the Week: Is Riviera’s 10th really that great of a hole if players intentionally send their drives left, into the trees, to give themselves the best chance to make 4? 

Thanks, Fluff: Sung Kang. With the veteran caddie on the bag, Kang just posted two of the best results of his career.

In Need of an Explanation: How 3-year-old Caleb Watson came to receive a drumming lesson from Justin Bieber: 

Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week (non-Spieth division): Jimmy Walker. He hadn’t finished worse than 13th in his last four starts, and Riviera is one of Walker’s favorite courses on Tour – he had missed the cut only once in nine tries. Sorry. Make that twice. Sigh. 

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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.

“CHAMPION GOLFERS OF THE YEAR” HEADLINE BROADCAST TEAM:

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 TheOpen.com. 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