PGA Championship 2013: Tee times, pairings for Thursday's round

Mike Ehrmann

For 156 players, it's the last shot at major in 2013, and Tiger Woods will be out early in the morning on Thursday as he continues the chase for a 15th title.

The field at the PGA Championship is annually called the best in golf, and this year is no different with 99 of the top 100 in the world in attendance. There are 20 club pros and some exemptions that can water things down from 100 to 156, but at the top, it's the deepest and best of all the majors. But like the U.S. Open and the British Open, it's an extremely large field that requires some logistical wizardry to get 156 players through 36 holes by Friday night. The British Open has the luxury of extended daylight, but as we saw at Merion in June, even a two or three-hour rain delay can throw the schedule off for three days.

The PGA of America will start things off at 7:10 a.m. ET on Thursday, sending players out in threesomes off split tees. It's a jam-packed setup, but Oak Hill can handle it, and the weather looks good for the first round. The last group isn't out until 2:25 p.m., so it will be close sun-up to sun-down golf in upstate New York.

The marquee group in the morning will consist of No. 1 player in the world Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley, and Davis Love III. All three are former PGA champions, but all eyes are obviously on Woods, who's now gone more than five years without a major despite regaining form for eight wins over the past two seasons. It's usually preferable to be out in the morning wave at the majors, with the course and greens less trampled and more predictable. Unlike the U.S. Open, the PGA is not out to protect par, so there should be rounds in the 60s available. One super low round earlier in the tournament, like Tiger fired at Firestone last week, might be all he needs to take control of the whole thing. He tees off No. 10 at 8:35 a.m.

With 99 of the top 100 in attendance, there are big names in a majority of the pairings, but the biggest in the afternoon features the season's first three major champions. This is the custom at the PGA, and on Thursday, it will be Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, and Adam Scott teeing off No. 1 at 1:45 p.m. Here's the complete tee sheet for Thursday's opening round:

Morning wave off No. 1:

Tee Time Players
07:10 AM Rob Labritz John Senden Shane Lowry
07:20 AM Kiradech Aphibarnrat Bob Gaus Luke Guthrie
07:30 AM Marc Leishman Josh Teater Pablo Larrazabal
07:40 AM Tommy Gainey Ryan Palmer David Hearn
07:50 AM Michael Thompson Marcel Siem Bo Van Pelt
08:00 AM Shaun Micheel Rich Beem J.J. Henry
08:10 AM Richard Sterne Scott Brown David Lingmerth
08:20 AM Ben Curtis Marcus Fraser Peter Hanson
08:30 AM Stewart Cink Paul Lawrie Rafael Cabrera-Bello
08:40 AM Thorbjorn Olesen Brian Gay David Lynn
08:50 AM Stephen Gallacher David McNabb Branden Grace
09:00 AM Caine Fitzgerald Kevin Streelman Bernd Wiesberger
09:10 AM JC Anderson Jaco Van Zyl

Morning wave off No. 10:

Tee Time Players
07:15 AM Charley Hoffman Bob Sowards Matt Every
07:25 AM Mark Sheftic Robert Garrigus Hiroyuki Fujita
07:35 AM Hunter Mahan Paul Casey Billy Horschel
07:45 AM Hideki Matsuyama Steve Stricker Jason Dufner
07:55 AM Sergio Garcia Matt Kuchar Rickie Fowler
08:05 AM Graeme McDowell Ernie Els Bill Haas
08:15 AM David Toms Padraig Harrington Y.E. Yang
08:25 AM Henrik Stenson Dustin Johnson Charl Schwartzel
08:35 AM Davis Love III Keegan Bradley Tiger Woods
08:45 AM Peter Uihlein Jim Furyk Thomas Bjorn
08:55 AM K.J. Choi Ryan Polzin Jonas Blixt
09:05 AM Scott Stallings Jason Kokrak Jeff Sorenson
09:15 AM Scott Jamieson Roberto Castro Stuart Smith

Afternoon wave off No. 1:

Tee Time Players
12:25 PM John Huh Ryo Ishikawa Danny Balin
12:35 PM Darren Clarke Tom Watson Paul McGinley
12:45 PM Kohki Idoki Rod Perry Nick Watney
12:55 PM Nicolas Colsaerts Jason Day Brandt Snedeker
01:05 PM Tim Clark Lee Westwood Bubba Watson
01:15 PM Miguel Angel Jimenez Webb Simpson Angel Cabrera
01:25 PM Rory McIlroy Vijay Singh Martin Kaymer
01:35 PM Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano Luke Donald Jordan Spieth
01:45 PM Adam Scott Justin Rose Phil Mickelson
01:55 PM Lucas Glover Ian Poulter Zach Johnson
02:05 PM Kevin Chappell Christopher Wood Mike Small
02:15 PM Kevin Stadler Chip Sullivan Chris Stroud
02:25 PM Sonny Skinner Richie Ramsay

Afternoon wave off No. 10:

Tee Time Players
12:20 PM Mark Brown Scott Piercy Brooks Koepka
12:30 PM Derek Ernst Jeff Martin Charles Howell III
12:40 PM Ken Duke Matteo Manassero Jimmy Walker
12:50 PM Danny Willett Joost Luiten Russell Henley
01:00 PM Freddie Jacobson George Coetzee Harris English
01:10 PM Boo Weekley Francesco Molinari Thongchai Jaidee
01:20 PM Jamie Donaldson Ryan Moore Alex Noren
01:30 PM Brett Rumford Geoff Ogilvy John Merrick
01:40 PM Sang-Moon Bae Woody Austin Martin Laird
01:50 PM Carl Pettersson D.A. Points Mikko Ilonen
02:00 PM Graham DeLaet Kirk Hanefeld Kyle Stanley
02:10 PM David Muttitt Charlie Beljan Brendon de Jonge
02:20 PM Lee Rhind Chris Kirk Marc Warren

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