U.S. Open golf 2016: Pairings, tee times for first and second rounds

Written By Bob Hille

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, the world No. 2, will tee off alongside 2015 British Open winner Zach Johnson and U.S. Amateur winner Bryson DeChambeau at 8:35 a.m. Thursday in the traditional grouping for the start of the 2016 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, the United States Golf Association announced Friday.

World No. 1 Jason Day is paired with fellow Aussie Adam Scott and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen in a 2:20 p.m. ET pairing Thursday. World No. 3 Rory McIlroy tees off with Masters champion Danny Willett and fan favorite Rickie Fowler at 8:24 a.m. The groupings will play the first two rounds together at the 116th Open. You can get the full list of pairings and tee times here, via the USGA.

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Also of note, Dustin Johnson — who missed a playoff with Spieth last year at Chambers Bay when he three-putted the 72nd hole — plays with Sergio Garcia and Hideki Matsuyama, going off at 1:36 p.m. Thursday.

Seeking to complete a career Grand Slam, Phil Mickelson joins Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose at 2:09 p.m.

The 156-player field will be set Sunday after the World Golf Ranking are released. Any player who hadn't previously been eligible and is ranked among the top 60 will be added, and any other spots will be filled by alternates from sectional qualifying.

The U.S. Open is known for its controversial pairings, like when they paired Brendon de Jonge, Shane Lowry and Kevin Stadler together to make a "husky" group. Lowry wasn't a fan of that gesture.

This year's pairings look a little more subdued, but it will be interesting to see if Scott and Day feed off of each other, or feel the pressure have having Australia's hopes in the same group.

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