Let's just get this out of the way: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, and Adam Scott are paired together for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open.
They're the three best golfers in the world right now, per the world rankings, and they're all meshed into one trio instead of spread out amongst the field. This makes things nice and easy on us, the viewers, telling us when we need to tune in. If you want a summary of what's going on the first two days at Merion, that's a good start.
They tee off on Thursday, 1:14 p.m at the first tee, and on Friday, 7:44 a.m. from the tenth tee. There, now you're ready.
However, it should be noted there are, like, 150-ish golfers elsewhere in the field, and some of them are involved in cool pairings too.
Only 16 men have ever been the world's No. 1 golfer, and three of them are paired together: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, and Martin Kaymer. Donald and Westwood are still in the top 15 of the world rankings, but Kaymer has fallen off a bit, failing to win an event since 2011. Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk are each former U.S. Open winners, and they're joined by Zach Johnson, who won the 2007 Masters.
Phil Mickelson is paired with Steve Stricker and Keegan Bradley, all three of which can do damage. Sergio Garcia is paired well, well away from Tiger Woods, teeing up with three-time major-winner Padraig Harrington and 2009 British Open winner Stewart Cink.
Here's a look at the full pairings:
Tee No. 1 Thursday/Tee No. 10 Friday
6:45 a.m./12:45 p.m.: Cliff Kresge, Robert Tambellini, TBD.
6:56 a.m./12:56 p.m.: TBD; Yui Ueda, John Parry
7:07 a.m./1:07 p..m.: Nick Watney, Peter Hanson, Hunter Mahan
7:18 a.m./1:18 p.m.: Lucas Glover, Paul Casey, Bill Haas
7:29 a.m./1:29 p.m.: Aaron Baddeley, Rory Sabbatini, David Lingmerth
7:40 a.m./1:40 p.m.: George Coetzee, Martin Laird, Marcel Siem
7:51 a.m./1:51 p.m.: Jerry Kelly, Charley Hoffman, John Huh
8:02 a.m./2:02 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Ryan Moore, Robert Garrigus
8:13 a.m./2:13 p.m.: TBD; Simon Khan, Ted Potter Jr.
8:24 a.m./2:24 p.m.: Shawn Stefani, Michael Kim, Nicholas Thompson
8:35 a.m./2:35 p.m.: Chris Doak, Andrew Svoboda, Doug LaBelle II
8:46 a.m./2:46 p.m.: Kevin Sutherland, Matt Weibring, Randall Hutchison
8:57 a.m./2:57 p.m.: Cory McIlyea, Ryan Nelson, John Hahn
12:30 p.m./7 a.m.: David Toms, Darren Clarke, Jose Maria Olazabal
12:41 p.m./7:11 a.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera, Paul Lawrie
12:52 p.m./7:22 a.m.: Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer
1:03 p.m./7:33 a.m.: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell, Zach Johnson
1:14 p.m./7:44 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott
1:25 p.m./7:55 a.m.: Thongchai Jaidee, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Thorbjorn Olesen
1:36 p.m./8:06 a.m.: Webb Simpson, Steven Fox, Ernie Els
1:47 p.m./8:17 a.m.: TBD; Joe Ogilvie, Luke Guthrie
1:58 p.m./8:28 a.m.: Josh Teater, Yoshinobu Tsukada, Eddie Pepperell
2:09 p.m./8:39 a.m.: Edward Loar, Morten Orum Madsen, Jung-Gon Hwang
2:20 p.m./8:50 a.m.: Max Homa, Russell Knox, Matt Bettencourt
2:31 p.m./9:01 a.m.: Adam Hadwin, John Nieporte, Jim Herman
2:42 p.m./9:12 a.m.: Brandon Brown, Grayson Murray, Jesse Smith
Tee No. 10 Thursday/Tee No. 1 Friday
7 a.m./12:30 p.m.: Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Nicolas Colsaerts
7:11 a.m./12:41 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Steve Stricker, Keegan Bradley
7:22 a.m./12:52 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Brandt Snedeker
7:33 a.m./1:03 p.m.: Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Tim Clark
7:44 a.m./1:14 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington
7:55 a.m./1:25 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Jason Dufner, Boo Weekley
8:06 a.m./1:36 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Matteo Manassero, Jason Day
8:17 a.m./1:47 p.m.: Y.E. Yang, Freddie Jacobson, Hiroyuki Fujita
8:28 a.m./1:58 p.m.: Scott Stallings, John Peterson, Robert Karlsson
8:39 a.m./2:09 p.m.: Jay Don Blake, Brandt Jobe, Michael Campbell
8:50 a.m./2:20 p.m.: David Hearn, TBD; Jaco Van Zyl
9:01 a.m./2:31 p.m.: Kevin Phelan, Wil Collins, TBD
9:12 a.m./2:42 p.m.: Cheng-Tsung Pan, Mackenzie Hughes, Geoffrey Sisk
12:45 p.m./6:45 a.m.: Justin Hicks, David Howell, Brian Stuard
12:56 p.m./6:56 a.m.: Brendan Steele, Estanislao Goya, Peter Hedblom
1:07 p.m./7:07 a.m.: Marc Leishman, John Senden, Marcus Fraser
1:18 p.m./7:18 a.m.: Scott Langley, Chris Williams, Morgan Hoffmann
1:29 p.m./7:29 a.m.: Michael Thompson, Michael Weaver, Casey Wittenberg
1:40 p.m./7:40 a.m.: K.J. Choi, Francesco Molinari, Carl Pettersson
1:51 p.m./7:51 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Kevin Chappell, Jamie Donaldson
2:02 p.m./8:02 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Kevin Streelman, D.A. Points
2:13 p.m./8:13 a.m.: Branden Grace, Sang-Moon Bae, Russell Henley
2:24 p.m./8:24 a.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Billy Horschel, Jordan Spieth
2:35 p.m./8:35 a.m.: Mathew Goggin, Steven Alker, Alistair Presnell
2:46 p.m./8:46 a.m.: Matt Harmon, Gavin Hall, Bio Kim
2:57 p.m./8:57 a.m.: Zack Fischer, Ryan Sullivan, Brandon Crick