Ranking the 2009 US Open Opening Round Pairings

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

You're gonna be in attendance for the entire 1st and 2nd round at Bethpage. So you obviously need to know who to follow.

The Top Ten Groups You Want to Watch

1. 8:06 a.m. Padraig Harrington, Angel Cabrera, Tiger Woods - Oh Tiger Woods is in the most intersting pairing, way to go out on a limb there.

2. 1:25 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Camilo Villegas, Adam Scott - You have three players who are amongst the best in the world without a major, yet all three could easily be trainwrecks and out before the weekend. If I was at the tournament this is likely the group I'd follow.

3. 1:36 p.m. Retief Goosen, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson - You know you want to watch Phil.

4. 7:55 a.m. Geoff Ogilvy, Jim Furyk, Paul Casey - Any of these three golfers could hold up the trophy on Sunday.

5. 7:55 a.m. Ian Poulter, Justin Leonard, Robert Allenby - Come on, you know I'm basically just interested in Poulter's outfits.

6. 1:36 p.m. Rocco Mediate, Kenny Perry, Tom Lehman - It's the Old Men group. What are the Vegas Odds that they all miss the cut? Rocco and Kenny haven't missed the cut yet this year, so good right? I'd throw down 2 bucks.

7. 7:44 a.m. Henrik Stenson, Andrew Svoboda, Steve Stricker - Henrik is one of those under the radar studs and Mr. Stricker finished 3rd at Bethpage in 2002.

8. 1:03 p.m. David Duval, David Toms, Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland - It's always entertaining to see whether David Duval is a trainwreck or not.

9. 1:14 p.m. Anthony Kim, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson - The Young upcoming American vs. the young upcoming Brit + Dustin Johnson. It'll be interesting how these two interact with each other come their opening 2 rounds.

10. 1:58 p.m. Mike Weir, Stephen Ames, Stewart Cink - Oh Canada, that's all I know.

The Next 10 Intriguing Pairings

11. 7:33 a.m. Rory Sabbatini, Martin Kaymer, Ryuji Imada - If Only because I desire Rory to miss the cut, even if he is wearing .

12. 8:06 a.m. Luke Donald, Clinton Jensen, Tim Clark - Luke Donald is again going to be top 3 in a major sometime soon.

13. 1:47 p.m. Justin Rose, Sean O'Hair, Ross Fisher - O'Hair finished top 10 at the Masters, I have an inkling his name will be somewhere noticeable on the leaderboard on Sunday.

14. 1:47 p.m. Stuart Appleby, Fred Funk, Todd Hamilton - We want the Funk, gotta have that Funk.

15. 7:44 a.m. Vijay Singh, Jeev Milkha Singh, K.J. Choi - TEAM ASIA

16. 8:28 a.m. Lee Westwood, Zach Johnson, David Erdy - Lee Westwood always seems like a better Ryder Cup player than an actual tournament player. Maybe he makes a name for himself.

17. 8:28 a.m. Michael Campbell, Boo Weekley, Rod Pampling - It's always fun to cheer for the beer swigging big hick Boo Weekley.

18. 8:17 a.m. Andres Romero, Eduardo Romero, Miguel Angel Jimenez - Its the "We all Speak Spanish group."

19. 7:33 a.m. Ben Curtis, Graeme McDowell, Chad Campbell - Three solid golfers. Whoopy.

20. 18. 1:58 p.m. Hunter Mahan, Oliver Wilson, Brandt Snedeker - Another threesome of decent golfers. Not much to see here.

Groups With A Guy Or Two You Know But Don't Really Care About
7 a.m. A-Rickie Fowler, Casey Wittenberg, Bo Van Pelt
7:22 a.m. Heath Slocum, Charlie Wi, Richard Bland
8:17 a.m. Ryan Moore, Ben Crane, Eric Axley
8:39 a.m. Bubba Watson, Johan Edfors, John Merrick,
8:39 a.m. Kevin Sutherland, Scott Lewis, Ken Duke
12:52 p.m. J.J. Henry, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Briny Baird
12:52 p.m. Carl Pettersson, Azuma Yano, Charl Schwartzel
1:03 p.m. A-Kyle Stanley, Lucas Glover, D.J. Trahan
1:14 p.m. J.B. Holmes, Alvaro Quiros, Nick Watney
1:25 p.m. Soren Kjeldsen, Soren Hansen, Peter Hanson, Sweden
2:09 p.m. Billy Mayfair, Matthew Kuchar, Ricky Barnes,
2:20 p.m. Andrew McLardy, Chris Stroud, Brian Gay

Groups With No One You've Ever Heard Of
7:11 a.m. A-Drew Weaver, Angelo Que, Simon Khan
7:22 a.m. David Horsey, John Mallinger, Jose Manuel Lara
7 a.m. J.P. Hayes, Greg Kraft, Jeff Brehaut
7:11 a.m. A-Drew Kittleson, Sangmoon Bae, Michael Sim,
8:50 a.m. Francesco Molinari, George McNeill, Simon Dyson
9:01 a.m. A-Cameron Tringale, Sean Farren, Andrew Parr
9:12 a.m. A-Vaughn Snyder, Ryan Spears, Michael Miles
8:50 a.m. A-Bronson Burgoon, Craig Bowden, Chris Kirk
9:01 a.m. A-Ben Martin, Josh McCumber, Kevin Silva
9:12 a.m. A-Josh Brock, Trevor Murphy, Nathan Tyler
12:30 p.m. Matthew Bettencourt, James Kamte, Kaname Yokoo, Japan
12:41 p.m. A-Nick Taylor, Scott Gutschewski, Gary Woodland, Topeka, KS
12:30 p.m. James Nitties, Peter Tomasulo, Martin Laird
12:41 p.m. David Smail, Cameron Beckman, Steve Allan
2:09 p.m. Thomas Levet, Jean-Francois Lucquin, Raphael Jacquelin, France
2:31 p.m. A-Clark Klaasen, Colby Beckstrom, Cameron Yancey
2:42 p.m. A-Kyle Peterman, Michael Welch, Cortland Lowe
2:31 p.m. A-Tyson Alexander, Charlie Beljan, Ryan Blaum
2:42 p.m. A-Matt Nagy, Shawn Stefani, Douglas Batty
2:20 p.m. Darron Stiles, Shintaro Kai, Matthew Jones

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