2014 U.S. Open pairings and tee times announced for the first and second round

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We're still a week away from the U.S. Open, but the USGA released pairings and tee times for the first two rounds on Friday. As usual, they got a little creative, and even cruel.

With the US Open a little less than a week away (6 days!), the USGA released groupings and starting times for the 114th edition of our national championship. Here's a look at some of the notable groups and tee times for Thursday.

Sergio Garcia, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker (7:18am) - Three very talented guys that are looking for their major moment. Could this be the week one of these guys finally breaks though?

Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood (7:29am) - Hey! Three more guys in search of a major title. Stenson and Kuchar are in the top 10 in the world and have been close multiple times. For Westwood, time is running out for him to get  a major championship.

Webb Simpson, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy (7:40am) - All three have won a U.S. Open. Mcilroy has been playing very well this year. Not sure what to expect from the other guys.

Justin Rose, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Phil Mickelson (7:51am) - Phil will get an up-close look at the guy that beat him last year as he searches for his first US Open win and the career slam.

Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama, Rickie Fowler (8:13am) - Man, there is a lot of young talent in this group. These three should provide a lot of entertainment the first two rounds.

Historically the USGA has put together groups to make us laugh as well. They'll try to find any commonality -- ethnicity, body type, the sound of your surname (Gay-Levet-Havret in 2011?), or some bit of preexisting drama between two or three of the guys in the group. Here are some quick thoughts on those such groups.

Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thongchai Jaidee (7:51am) - Couldn't think of two more opposite personalities than Jimenez and Poulter.

Kenny Perry, Jeff Maggert, Kevin Sutherland (8:24am) - Old guys!

Brendon De Jonge, Kevin Stadler, Shane Lowry (1:14pm) - Fat guys!

Luke Donald, Paul Casey, Harris English (1:25pm) - Get it? English? With the English guys?

That sound you hear is a rim shot at USGA headquarters. Comedy aside, we should see some fantastic golf Thursday and Friday next week with these groups.

There are five spots still open, one of which will be taken by Kevin Na, who'll slot into the top 60 in the World Rankings on Monday. A few others can jump up into that spot, but if not, the USGA will go to the alternates list from sectional qualifying last week.

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 TBD
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 TBD 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 TBD
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 TBD
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. TBD 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 Jason Millard Zac Blair

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