2014 U.S. Open: Tee times and pairings for Rounds 1 and 2

Streeter Lecka

The season's second major and the toughest test in golf is also one of the more significant logistical challenges, with a huge field, spotty weather and a traditionally slow pace of play that can disrupt the schedule.

We're just two days away from the start of the U.S. Open, and the with the full field now set, the tee sheet is complete for the first two rounds. The U.S. Open is one of the more difficult logistical challenges in golf, with a huge field of 156 players needing to get 36 holes in before the weekend. Bad weather often interrupts the U.S. Open, with June pop-up storms typically hitting venues all along the eastern U.S. That makes it even tougher to get to the weekend and make the cut on time by Friday night. As we saw last year at Merion, a few hours of bad weather can throw the schedule off for three days.

With such a large field, the USGA will need to send groups off split tees in threesomes for sun-up to sun-down golf. In contrast, the Masters field, which almost never exceeds 100 players, all goes off the first tee and with a nice cushion to stay on schedule if there are weather delays. The first groups at Pinehurst will be out before 7 a.m., which is rare on the PGA Tour but required to keep things moving.

In addition to the jammed tee sheet, a U.S. Open setup doesn't exactly facilitate a brisk pace of play. It's the "toughest test in golf" and that means these players are hitting more shots than normal, and trying to figure out what the hell to do just to keep their composure. At most U.S. Opens, players get lost in the rough, needing extra shots to hack out of the thicker grass and get back into play and on pace.

This week, however, there is no rough, but just one cut of grass that then blends into sand traps and "native areas" made up of sand, wire grass and pine straw. The problem here is that it's not immediately apparent where an official sand trap ends and the waste area, where you can ground your club while practicing and setting up, begins. Many players have already said this will be a problem, and they'll be calling for rules officials to regularly give their determination before playing their shot (remember Dustin Johnson at the 2010 PGA Championship?). The regular rules checks could be another thing keeping the pace slow this week.

The one scheduling advantage is that we're now in a stretch that includes some of the longest days of the year, (although the USGA doesn't enjoy the extremely long days the Open Championship gets in Britain during mid-July). It will be a challenge to stay on schedule, but the championship organizers are used to finding ways to make it work. They will need to this year, with the experimental back-to-back Opens at the same venue and the women expected to start their practice rounds Monday.

Here's the full tee sheet for the first two days at Pinehurst.

Morning wave for 1st Round

Thursday (off No. 1) Friday (off No. 10) Players
6:45 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Daniel Berger Brett Stegmaier (a) Cameron Wilson
6:56 a.m. 12:41 p.m. Marcel Siem Brian Stuard Andrea Pavan
7:07 a.m. 12:52 p.m. Matt Every Roberto Castro Matt Jones
7:18 a.m. 1:03 p.m. Sergio Garcia Jason Day Brandt Snedeker
7:29 a.m. 1:14 p.m. Henrik Stenson Matt Kuchar Lee Westwood
7:40 a.m. 1:25 p.m. Webb Simpson Rory McIlroy Graeme McDowell
7:51 a.m. 1:36 p.m. Ian Poulter Miguel Angel Jimenez Thongchai Jaidee
8:02 a.m. 1:47 p.m. Nick Watney Jonas Blixt Joost Luiten
8:13 a.m. 1:58 p.m. Billy Horschel Billy Hurley III Robert Allenby
8:24 a.m. 2:09 p.m. Aaron Baddeley (a) Oliver Goss Aron Price
8:35 a.m. 2:20 p.m. Tom Lewis Craig Barlow Justin Thomas
8:46 a.m. 2:31 p.m. (a) Robby Shelton Matthew Dobyns Brady Watt
8:57 a.m. 2:42 p.m. Clayton Rask (a) Brian Campbell Nicholas Mason
Thursday (off No. 10) Friday (off No. 1) Players
6:45 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Henrik Norlander Lucas Bjerregaard Rob Oppenheim
6:56 a.m. 12:41 p.m. Chad Collins Kyoung-Hoon Lee Kevin Kisner
7:07 a.m. 12:52 p.m. Erik Compton Pablo Larrazabal Scott Langley
7:18 a.m. 1:03 p.m. Patrick Reed Ryan Moore Kevin Na
7:29 a.m. 1:14 p.m. Boo Weekley D.A. Points Stephen Gallacher
7:40 a.m. 1:25 p.m. Zach Johnson Angel Cabrera David Toms
7:51 a.m. 1:36 p.m. Justin Rose (a) Matthew Fitzpatrick Phil Mickelson
8:02 a.m. 1:47 p.m. Chris Kirk Russell Henley Brendon Todd
8:13 a.m. 1:58 p.m. Jordan Spieth Hideki Matsuyama Rickie Fowler
8:24 a.m. 2:09 p.m. Kenny Perry Jeff Maggert Kevin Sutherland
8:35 a.m. 2:20 p.m. Wen-Chong Liang Maximilian Kieffer Shiv Kapur
8:46 a.m. 2:31 p.m. Smylie Kaufman (a) Maverick McNealy (a) Brandon McIver
8:57 a.m. 2:42 p.m. Anthony Broussard (a) Will Grimmer Nicholas Lindheim

Afternoon wave for 1st Round:

Thursday (off No. 1) Friday (off No. 10) Players
12:30 p.m. 6:45 a.m. Garth Mulroy Steven Alker Bobby Gates
12:41 p.m. 6:56 a.m. Niclas Fasth Kiyoshi Miyazato Hudson Swafford
12:52 p.m. 7:07 a.m. John Senden Nicolas Colsaerts Brooks Koepka
1:03 p.m. 7:18 a.m. Dustin Johnson Jimmy Walker Victor Dubuisson
1:14 p.m. 7:29 a.m. Stewart Cink Justin Leonard Y.E. Yang
1:25 p.m. 7:40 a.m. Bubba Watson Adam Scott Charl Schwartzel
1:36 p.m. 7:51 a.m. Ernie Els Darren Clarke Louis Oosthuizen
1:47 p.m. 8:02 a.m. Jason Dufner Keegan Bradley Martin Kaymer
1:58 p.m. 8:13 a.m. Hunter Mahan Francesco Molinari Jamie Donaldson
2:09 p.m. 8:24 a.m. Bo Van Pelt Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano Seung-Yul Noh
2:20 p.m. 8:35 a.m. Danny Willett (a) Cory Whitsett Luke Guthrie
2:31 p.m. 8:46 a.m. Kevin Tway James Renner Chris Doak
2:42 p.m. 8:57 a.m. Cody Gribble Chris Thompson (a) Andrew Dorn
Thursday (off No. 10) Friday (off No. 1) Players
12:30 p.m. 6:45 a.m. Alex Cejka Graeme Storm David Oh
12:41 p.m. 6:56 a.m. Oliver Fisher Casey Wittenberg Andres Echavarria
12:52 p.m. 7:07 a.m. Joe Ogilvie Mark Wilson Ken Duke
1:03 p.m. 7:18 a.m. Jim Furyk Steve Stricker Bill Haas
1:14 p.m. 7:29 a.m. Brendon De Jonge Kevin Stadler Shane Lowry
1:25 p.m. 7:40 a.m. Luke Donald Harris English Paul Casey
1:36 p.m. 7:51 a.m. J.B. Holmes Gary Woodland Graham DeLaet
1:47 p.m. 8:02 a.m. Retief Goosen Geoff Ogilvy Lucas Glover
1:58 p.m. 8:13 a.m. Bernd Wiesberger Hyung-Sung Kim Toru Taniguchi
2:09 p.m. 8:24 a.m. Ryan Palmer Rod Pampling Kevin Streelman
2:20 p.m. 8:35 a.m. Azuma Yano Ryan Blaum David Gossett
2:31 p.m. 8:46 a.m. Simon Griffiths Fran Quinn Donald Constable
2:42 p.m. 8:57 a.m. (a) Hunter Stewart Sam Love Zac Blair

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