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After some tense moments in the clubhouse watching JIm Furyk and Graeme McDowell play the 18th hole, Webb Simpson held on to win the U.S. Open.
The 26-year-old earned his first major title and added $1.44 million to his bank account in the process.
Here's the payout for the top-10 at the U.S. Open:
1 Webb Simpson (+1): $1,440,000
T2 Michael Thompson (+2): $695,916
T2 Graeme McDowell (+2): $695,916
T4 Jason Dufner (+3): $276,841
T4 Padraig Harrington (+3): $276,841
T4 David Toms (+3): $276,841
T4 John Peterson (+3): $276,841
T4 Jim Furyk (+3): $276,841
9 Ernie Els (+4): $200,280
T10 John Senden (+5): $163,594
T10 Kevin Chappell (+5): $163,594
T10 Casey Wittenberg (+5): $163,594
T10 Retief Goosen (+5): $163,594
T10 Lee Westwood (+5): $163,594
Anyone who made the cut earned at least $16,512, besides amateurs.
For more in depth coverage including video, highlights and player interviews regarding the 2012 U.S. Open, make sure that you check out the USGA's ongoing coverage as well as SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.
Webb Simpson came back from four strokes back to win the 2012 U.S. Open to win his first major championship. Simpson started Sunday four strokes back of the leaders and then proceeded to shoot a solid 2-under on the day, and finished the tournament at 1-over par.
Simpson started slowly by bogeying the No. 2 and No. 5 hole before going on a hot streak and scoring a birdie on his next three holes and four of five.
Simpson edged out Graeme McDowell and Michael Thompson by just one stroke, and Jim Furyk who was leading the entire final round until the end ended up shooting 4-over par. Furyk really fell apart when he scored a bogey on hole No. 16 and 18, and ended up finishing 3-over for the tournament and in a tie for fourth place.
This is Simpson's third career professional victory and first ever major championship.
"Enjoy the jail cell, pal." Those are the words Webb Simpson had for the crazy guy who interrupted Simpson's trophy presentation for the 2012 U.S. Open title he'd earned shortly before. If you haven't heard about the insane bird caller, then check out the video below.
Bob Costas and Simpson aren't the only ones confused. Apparently security guards everywhere didn't know what to do either since it was the executive director of the USGA Mike Davis who pulls him off camera. This is perhaps one of the greatest oddities in major sports history. If you don't play this video 10 consecutive times, something is wrong.
The 2012 U.S. Open is nearing its conclusion and the current leaders are Jim Furyk and Webb Simpson. Both golfers are at 1-over par for the tournament, however Simpson has been making a Sunday charge. Simpson is 2-under par through 17 holes on Sunday while Furyk is 2-over par through 14.
Simpson started off slow by bogeying two of his first five holes, but since then he has been on fire as he birdied the sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th hole. As for Furyk, he has been fairly consistent throughout the day, but he did bogey hole No. 13 which allowed Simpson to move into a tie for first place.
Ernie Els and Graeme McDowell have a chance to make things interesting as both are two strokes back of the leaders with Els having two holes left and McDowell having three.
The final round of the 2012 U.S. Open is underway with the leaders still yet to tee off. Hunter Mahan is even through the first four holes of the final round after going birdie-bogey on the first two holes. Mahan is 6-over for the tournament and seven shots off the lead. Only four golfers have ever started the final round U.S. Open outside the top 10 and gone on to win the tournament.
K.J. Choi and Francesco Molinari have the best scores of the day so far in the final round with both at 2-under par. Choi is through eight holes and is 5-over for the championship. Molinari just finished the 11th hole and is a little further back at 7-over.
Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell will be in the final grouping on Sunday at the 2012 U.S Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. The final group is expected to start their round at about 6:10 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Tiger Woods fell five shots back of the lead on Saturday after carding a 5-over 75. Woods will be paired with Casey Wittenberg on Sunday and is scheduled to begin his round at about 4:50 p.m.
Here is a look at Sunday's tee times and pairings for the final round of the 2012 U.S. Open. All times Eastern
12:20 p.m.: Stephen Ames, Joe Ogilvie
12:30 p.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Jason Bohn
12:40 p.m.: Jason Day, Simon Dyson
12:50 p.m.: Jesse Mueller, J.B. Park
1 p.m.: Michael Allen, Keegan Bradley
1:10 p.m.: Rod Pampling, Matthew Baldwin
1:20 p.m.: K.T. Kim, Zach Johnson
1:30 p.m.: Davis Love III, Nicholas Thompson
1:40 p.m.: Kevin Streelman, Alistair Presnell
1:50 p.m.: Marc Warren, Morgan Hoffmann
2 p.m.: Darron Stiles, Hiroyuki Fujita
2:10 p.m.: Francesco Molinari, Jeff Curl
2:20 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Patrick Cantlay (a)
2:30 p.m.: Ian Poulter, Matteo Manassero
2:40 p.m.: Branden Grace, Phil Mickelson
2:50 p.m.: Bob Estes, Charl Schwartzel
3 p.m.: K.J. Choi, Nick Watney
3:10 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Robert Karlsson
3:20 p.m.: Jonathan Byrd, Alex Cejka
3:30 p.m.: Jordan Spieth (a), Angel Cabrera
3:40 p.m.: Steve LeBrun, Hunter Mahan
3:50 p.m.: Raphael Jacquelin, Kevin Na
4 p.m.: Scott Langley, Adam Scott
4:10 p.m.: David Toms, Michael Thompson
4:20 p.m.: Aaron Watkins, Charlie Wi
4:30 p.m.: Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose
4:40 p.m.: Padraig Harrington, Hunter Hamrick
4:50 p.m.: Casey Wittenberg, Tiger Woods
5 p.m.: Matt Kuchar, Martin Kaymer
5:10 p.m.: Retief Goosen, John Peterson
5:20 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Beau Hossler (a)
5:30 p.m.: John Senden, Kevin Chappell
5:40 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Nicolas Colsaerts
5:50 p.m.: Blake Adams, Ernie Els
6 p.m.: Lee Westwood, Fredrik Jacobson
6:10 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Graeme McDowell
The final round of the 2012 U.S. Open is set from the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Jim Furyk enters Sunday tied with Graeme McDowell for the tournament lead while Tiger Woods has fell to five shots back.
NBC will broadcast six hours of coverage of the final round on Sunday starting at 3 p.m. CT. Fans will also be able to get expanded coverage online at USOpen.com. Live streaming footage of No. 8 and No. 18 holes will be available at USOpen.com also at 3 p.m. CT.
Radio coverage of the event also begins at 3 p.m. CT and will be available online or via your smartphone with the official U.S. Open app. For live scoring updates fans should visit USOpen.com for the full 2012 U.S. Open leaderboard.
The more experience that the world's leading golfers gain at the Olympic Club, the harder things become. Tiger Woods is not the only one having a difficult third round as Jim Furyk is the only competitor who has shown the ability shoot under par well into today's third round action. While others have flirted with an even score, every golfer but Furyk and Graeme McDowell currently sits over-par.
Tiger Woods is three-over for the third round and is two-over on the weekend. McDowell is currently even followed by Fredrik Jacobson and Lee Westwood at one-over. Woods is tied with Nicolas Colsaerts and Ernie Els at two-over. Jason Dufner follows suit at three-over.
Tomorrow's fourth round should be interesting since the course is proving to be the victor over all. Can Furyk maintain his lead and mastery over the course? Will it finally get the best of him as well? Should be interesting watching the action on Sunday.
The third round of the 2012 U.S. Open is underway with the lower half of the leaderboard taking the field first and so far the Olympic Club is eating the golfers alive as these pros are struggling to make par. Currently there are seven golfers on the course who have managed be under par, and eight others are shooting an even par. Of those golfers, 10 of them are have not even completed their first nine holes.
The one golfer who has managed to stay under par for their round is Angel Cabrera. Cabrera is currently at 2-under par through 16 holes, and is 6-over for the tournament. Cabrera has birdies on the fourth, five and 13th holes while only having one bogey which came on hole No. 9.
There are still over 20 golfers who have not taken the course yet, and that includes Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms; all three are tied for first at 1-under par and will tee off at 5:05 p.m. CT. At that time we will see how these leaders fair on this difficult course.
Tiger Woods might be back, and by back, I mean back. Woods is currently tied atop the leaderboard at the 2012 U.S. Open, alongside Jim Furyk and David Toms.
Woods' share atop the leaderboard has made him the odds-on favorite to win the 2012 U.S. Open, at least according to the bettors and oddsmakers in Las Vegas. Woods currently has 5/4 odds headed into Saturday's round, and those odds could actually get better for Woods with a strong showing on Saturday.
Furyk has the second-best odds, coming in at 5/1, while Toms, despite being tied for the lead, is a bit more of a longshot at 10/1.
We'll see what the odds look like after Saturday's round, but something tells me that Woods' odds will still be quite favorable.
Tee times and pairings for the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open were announced very late Friday night, and as anticipated, Tiger Woods will be the last to tee off on Saturday.
Woods has been paired with Jim Furyk for Saturday's round. Woods, Furyk and David Toms are all tied for the lead with a -1 score through the first two rounds.
Courtesy of the U.S. Open's official website, here's Saturday's pairings and tee times for all the golfers who survived the cut:
|1||1||9:15||K. Streelman||B. Van Pelt|
|2||1||9:25||J. Ogilvie||P. Cantlay (a)|
|3||1||9:35||M. Baldwin||S. LeBrun|
|4||1||9:45||J. Mueller||R. Fowler|
|5||1||9:55||A. Cabrera||J. Spieth (a)|
|6||1||10:05||C. Wittenberg||N. Thompson|
|7||1||10:15||J. Curl||S. Dyson|
|8||1||10:25||F. Molinari||B. Estes|
|9||1||10:35||R. Pampling||D. Love|
|10||1||10:45||S. Ames||Z. Johnson|
|11||1||10:55||P. Mickelson||A. Cejka|
|12||1||11:05||K. Kim||K. Bradley|
|13||1||11:15||A. Scott||H. Fujita|
|14||1||11:25||J. Byrd||S. Langley|
|15||1||11:35||D. Stiles||J. Day|
|16||1||11:45||M. Hoffmann||M. Warren|
|17||1||11:55||R. Karlsson||W. Simpson|
|18||1||12:05||R. Goosen||B. Grace|
|19||1||12:15||K. Na||J. Bohn|
|20||1||12:25||K. Chappell||M. Manassero|
|21||1||12:35||I. Poulter||M. Kaymer|
|22||1||12:45||L. Westwood||J. Senden|
|23||1||12:55||H. Hamrick||M. Allen|
|24||1||1:05||A. Presnell||P. Harrington|
|25||1||1:15||J. Park||S. Stricker|
|26||1||1:25||E. Els||J. Rose|
|27||1||1:35||N. Watney||S. Garcia|
|28||1||1:45||C. Wi||F. Jacobson|
|29||1||1:55||K. Choi||C. Schwartzel|
|30||1||2:05||R. Jacquelin||B. Hossler (a)|
|31||1||2:15||J. Dufner||M. Kuchar|
|32||1||2:25||H. Mahan||A. Watkins|
|33||1||2:35||B. Adams||M. Thompson|
|34||1||2:45||G. McDowell||N. Colsaerts|
|35||1||2:55||J. Peterson||D. Toms|
|36||1||3:05||T. Woods||J. Furyk|
Please note that all times listed are pacific, as the U.S. Open is being held in San Francisco. If you're looking to catch Tiger Woods' round, tune in to NBC at 5:05 p.m. CT.
Round three of the 2012 U.S. Open is set to begin on Saturday, as the pressure begins to mount for both the leaders and the rest of the field, as they try to play catch up before Sunday's final round.
Golf fans looking to catch Saturday's round three action live can do so on television on NBC. Televised coverage is set to begin at 3 p.m. CT, and it will continue until 9 p.m. Further, the U.S. Open's official website will offer live streaming of holes No. 8 and 18 throughout the entire day.
Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms are all tied atop the leaderboard with a -1 score. Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy missed the cut, as did this year's Masters champion, Bubba Watson.
A full, live, updating leaderboard can be found here.
The second round of the 2012 U.S. Open is in the books and there is a three-way tie atop of the leaderboard after two rounds. The leaders are Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and David Toms; all three are at 1-under par. Woods and Toms both shot an even par on Friday while Furyk shot 1-under. With this being the U.S. Open the course is extremely tough and it shows with only this trio having a score under par.
While Woods looks to be in the hunt for another major victory, there are two former major champions who are not so lucky and have missed the cut. Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlory missed the cut as he shot a 10-over par during the first two rounds, and 2012 Master champion Bubba Watson also missed the cut as he shot a 9-over par.
Day 2 of the 2012 U.S. Open is nearing its completion and the expected cutline is expected to be at 8-over par. There are a few major names that could be sent home packing early from the Olympic Club. Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlory and 2012 Masters champions Bubba Watson are in danger of missing the cut.
McIlory has finished his round and shot a 3-over par on Friday and through two rounds is 10-over and is more than likely going to miss the cut.
As for Watson he is at 9-over par through 17 holes, and he just birdied No. 17 to get one stroke closer to 8-over par. Watson struggled on hole No. 18 on Thursday as he double-bogied the hole, so Watson will need to birdie the hole to stay alive.
For a complete leaderboard, visit USOpen.com.
Tiger Woods is going to earn the lion's share of attention, but a young phenom is also turning heads with match play equal to the iconic great so far in round two of the 2012 U.S. Open. Seventeen-year-old Beau Hossler is the unexpected underdog looking to make waves on the biggest stage possible. For now, he's just trying to enjoy the moment.
Hossler was already in the top 10 heading into today's second round action with an even par 70. Some great golfers like Rory McIlroy are in danger of not even making the cut, but Hossler is making another strong round today by sitting at one-under at this point.
"I've been playing really well lately," Hossler said after round one. "I expected myself to go out there and get a lot out of my round. I still left a few out there, but you have to accept that, it's the U.S. Open. It's going to happen."
Consider that two names to watch through the weekend for the casual fan.
He had some help, but Tiger Woods has moved into sole possession of the lead at the 2012 U.S. Open.
Woods birdied the par 3 No. 3 to move to 1-under on the day and 2-under overall. Michael Thompson opened the day with a three-shot lead, but bogeyed No. 11 and double-bogeyed No. 12. to fall to 1-under overall right before Woods got his birdie. Thompson then bogeyed No. 14 and has fallen to third place at even par. Jim Furyk is in second at -1.
Kansas State alum Aaron Watkins and Oklahoma State alum Hunter Mahan are tied for 22nd. Both shot 1-over on the day and are 3-over overall. Oklahoma alum Martin Flores has shot 3-over through six on the day and is six-over for the tournament.
With Woods in the lead, attention to the tournament is sure to increase. Here is a look at the current leaderboard.
On the second day of U.S. Open action at Olympic, Hunter Mahan had quite the headache at the No. 6 hole when he triple bogeyed the par-4, which was one of the same holes he bogeyed on Day 1.
Mahan responded with a birdie on No. 7, but then bogeyed once again on eight. Other local golfers can't say they are doing quite as well.
Chez Reavie and Rickie Fowler are struggling, to put it mildly. Fowler is +4 on the day and +6 on the tournament, which makes him tied for 76th. Scroll further down the leaderboad to find Reavie, who while at 1-under par for the day, dug himself into a big enough hole to be +9 for the tournament and on the verge of missing the cut.
Defending U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson all have high scores at this point in the tournament.
Tiger Woods, the odds-on favorite to win this weekend, is tied for third place at 1-under par.
You can check out the full leaderboard at the U.S. Open right here.
As if you needed proof that Tiger Woods is good for the game of golf, more evidence was provided after the overnight ratings came in for the 2012 U.S. Open that finds significant numbers for NBC.
US Open on NBC gets a 2.1 overnight rating for its 2 hrs of 1st round coverage yesterday, best in 6 years, up 50% from last year.— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 15, 2012
The bottom line here is that people pay attention when Tiger is involved. Now that he's competitive once again and searching for his first major win since 2008 (also the U.S. Open that season), ratings are up and should continue to rise as long as Tiger is in the mix.
The golfer has his detractors and certainly there are many other notable names people are rooting for, but his presence is good for not only the dollars and cents that come from these events but for the game of golf in general. Expect NBC to trumpet Tiger all over their networks as they head into the weekend.
Tiger Woods is near the top of the leaderboard heading into the second day of action at the 2012 U.S. Open, and SB Nation has a new quick vid of some highlights to check out from the icon's first round. Michael Thompson leads the field at four-under, but Woods is tied for second place at one-under with Justin Rose, David Toms, Graeme McDowell and Nick Watney.
Woods tees off at 3:18pm Central time today while Thompson starts a few minutes before him at 2:52pm. It will be interesting to follow the afternoon action to see who can stay on top at a tough Olympic Club course. You can see some of Tiger's highlights here:
Michael Thompson will start the second day of the 2012 U.S. Open at 4-under, and television coverage of the second round begins Friday at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN for the early shift of the dally, followed by NBC (2-4 p.m. CT) and then back to ESPN again, ending at 9 p.m. The tournament can also be watched online via ESPN3 or USOpen.com or with the USOpen mobile app.
12 - 3 p.m. ET - ESPN
3 - 5 p.m. ET - NBC
5 - 10 p.m. ET - ESPN
ESPNRadio.com - 1 - 8 p.m. ET
Raise your hand if you had Michael Thompson atop the leaderboard at the 2012 U.S. Open after nearly a round of play.
Thompson currently leads the entire field at -3, through 16 holes. Though the first round isn't over, Thompson looks like he'll certainly be near or at the top of the leaderboard after one round.
Golf superstar and legend Tiger Woods finds himself in the hunt as well, as Woods sits at -1 through 16. The other two members of Woods' group, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are struggling mightily. Mickelson is at +6 through 16, while Watson is an even worse +8.
Only five golfers are under par so far in the U.S. Open. Along with Thompson and Woods, Daivd Toms, Jason Bohn and Marc Warren are under par. Toms and Bohn are at -2, while Warren is -1.
The 2012 U.S. Open officially got underway on Thursday morning in San Francisco, California. Though the superstar trio of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson are currently struggling, it's not too early to start looking at the leaderboard and get a gauge of where scores could be headed throughout the day in the first round.
Americans Kevin Na and Jason Bohn are currently tied atop the leaderboard through their first eight holes with a score of -2. It's worth noting that Na started on the back nine, while Bohn started on the front nine.
Woods, through his first seven holes, sits at +1, while Mickelson and Watson are both +3.
Currently, seven golfers are under par. Na and Bohn currently lead the field with their scores of -2, but Branden Grace, Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, Joe Ogilvie, and Marc Warren are all right behind them at -1.
The official U.S. Open odds are out and have been made official from Bovada and Tiger Woods is the odds-on favorite to win at 13/2. Lee Westwood and Luke Donald follow suit and celebrated golfers like Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar are also in the mix. Rory McIlroy sits fourth at 14/1 odds.
If Tiger wins, it would become his fourth win at the U.S. Open and his first major win since 2008. The last major he won was the U.S. Open, which was the victory in 2008, and he previously won in 2000 and 2002. Check out the field below.
Official 2012 U.S. Open Final Odds (courtesy of Bovada):
Tiger Woods - 13/2
Lee Westwood - 11/1
Luke Donald - 11/1
Rory McIlroy - 14/1
Phil Mickelson - 20/1
Dustin Johnson - 25/1
Jason Dufner - 25/1
Matt Kuchar - 25/1
Justin Rose - 28/1
Adam Scott - 33/1
Jim Furyk - 33/1
Rickie Fowler - 33/1
Zach Johnson - 33/1
Bubba Watson - 40/1
Hunter Mahan - 40/1
Sergio Garcia - 40/1
Steve Stricker - 40/1
The final odds are out for the 2012 U.S. Open and it's been made official: Tiger Woods is the odds-on favorite to win another major -- his fourth U.S. Open title if he can pull it off over these next four days. Rory McIlroy is next in line and Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are tied for fourth.
You can check out the complete list of favorites below from Bovada as of Thursday morning.
U.S. Open Final Odds:
Tiger Woods - 6/1
Rory McIlroy - 8/1
Lee Westwood - 14/1
Luke Donald - 14/1
Phil Mickelson - 18/1
Martin Kaymer - 22/1
Sergio Garcia - 25/1
Adam Scott - 33/1
Bubba Watson - 33/1
Charl Schwartzel - 33/1
Dustin Johnson - 33/1
Graeme McDowell - 33/1
Hunter Mahan - 33/1
Justin Rose - 33/1
Louis Oosthuizen - 33/1
Matt Kuchar - 33/1
Padraig Harrington - 33/1
Rickie Fowler - 33/1
As the 2012 U.S. Open kicks off today after multiple practice rounds all week, the experts' favorite typically comes out as Tiger Woods despite a few guesses to the contrary. While Jason Dufner or Zach Johnson can earn a few votes, ESPN's voters predicted Tiger would win another major and continue his recent hot streak as he works back to the form that made him the greatest golfer of all-time.
Farrell Evans wrote, "Unless the old Hank Haney swing creeps back into his head, the 14-time major champion shouldn't have any problem winning his fourth U.S. Open. He was going through a complete swing overhaul when he played here in 1998, but he still finished in a tie for 18th. Two of his three U.S. Open wins have come in his home state of California."
Ian O'Connor agreed with him and said, "Favorites usually don't win at Olympic, but Tiger isn't your average everyday favorite. He's hot, confident and, when healthy, still better than everyone else."
Woods has won the U.S. Open on three separate occasions, the last coming in 2008. It's been that sort of long cold streak for Woods as he's remained in the public eye for less than impressive reasons. Yet 2012 has brought a resurgence for Tiger, and the Open will receive an upswing in attention due to Tiger's presence and success.
The U.S. Open is the major that Tiger has won most recently so perhaps it will be here that reconnects once again to glory on the highest level. That's what most are predicting, so it will be an interesting four days to follow.
The 2012 U.S. Open begins Thursday morning at The Olympic Club with a complete field staring down the toughest week of their season. The Lake Course setup by the USGA rivals Oakmont for the most difficult track in the Open rota. Mike Davis and the USGA have created another monster this year, where driving accuracy and par-saving putts within 10-feet will likely be the difference. Davis has also implemented the graduated rough system since taking over the USGA setup for the national championship, which aids the bomb-and-gougers on Tour.
Gary Woodland, the standout Jayhawk, heads out in the afternoon at 4:18 p.m. ET. Woodland, considered the most powerful American on Tour, is paired with perhaps the longest driver in the world, Spain's Alvaro Quiros. These two will benefit from the graduated rough and try to hammer it down Olympic's severe doglegged fairways.
Two of the best American golfers hail from the powerhouse program at Oklahoma State. Both Hunter Mahan and Rickie Fowler are consistently cited at the top of the list for the best young stars in the game. Mahan will go out with two other superstars in Martin Kaymer and Justin Rose at 4:25 p.m. ET. Fowler will play three groups later at 4:58 p.m. ET alongside more young world class talent, Dustin Johnson and Ryo Ishikawa.
The complete list of tee times and pairings for Thursday's first round is below. All times are Eastern.
Morning wave off No. 1 tee:
10:15 a.m.: Scott Langley, Steve Lebrun, Beau Hossler (a)
10:26 a.m.: Jason Bohn, Raphael Jacquelin, J. B. Park
10:37 a.m.: Michael Thompson, Colt Knost, Steve Marino
10:48 a.m.: Brendan Jones, George Coetzee, Gregory Bourdy
10:59 a.m.: Patrick Cantlay (a), Jonathan Byrd, Kyle Stanley
11:10 a.m.: Retief Goosen, Vijay Singh, Zach Johnson
11:21 a.m.: Paul Casey, Hiroyuki Fujita, Mark Wilson
11:32 a.m.: Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson
11:43 a.m.: Tim Clark Toru Taniguchi, Rod Pampling
11:54 a.m.: Francesco Molinari, Bo Van Pelt, Peter Hanson
12:05 p.m.: D. A. Points, Dong-Hwan Lee, Kevin Streelman
12:16 p.m.: Edward Loar, Paul Claxton, Alistair Presnell
12:27 p.m.: Mark McCormick, Nick Sherwood (a), Cole Howard
Morning wave off No. 9 tee:
10 a.m.: Shane Bertsch, Martin Flores, Tommy Biershenk
10:11 a.m.: Scott Piercy, Matthew Baldwin, Matt Bettencourt
10:22 a.m.: Thomas Bjorn, Kevin Na, Branden Grace
10:33 a.m.: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson
10:44 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Stephen Ames, Tim Herron
10:55 a.m.: Davis Love III, Padraig Harrington, David Toms
11:06 a.m.: Carl Pettersson, Charl Schwartzel, Charles Howell III
11:17 a.m.: Robert Karlsson, Bob Estes, Robert Rock
11:28 a.m.: K. J. Choi, Y. E. Yang, K. T. Kim
11:39 a.m.: Fredrik Jacobson, Robert Garrigus, Alexander Noren
11:50 a.m.: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Sang-Moon Bae, Rafael Cabrera-Bello
12:01 p.m.: Marc Warren, Anthony Summers, Michael Allen
12:12 p.m.: Hunter Hamrick, Tim Weinhart, Scott Smith
Afternoon wave off No. 1 tee:
3:45 p.m.: Casey Martin, Cameron Wilson (a), Dennis Miller
3:56 p.m.: Jim Herman, William Lunde, David Mathis
4:07 p.m.: Nicolas Colsaerts, Charlie Wi, Simon Dyson
4:18 p.m.: Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland, John Senden
4:29 p.m.: Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald, Lee Westwood
4:40 p.m.: Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell
4:51 p.m.: Stewart Cink, Trevor Immelman, Lucas Glover
5:02 p.m.: Ernie Els, Geoff Ogilvy, Angel Cabrera
5:13 p.m.: Martin Laird, Ben Crane, Anders Hansen
5:24 p.m.: Matteo Manassero, Aaron Baddeley, Miguel Angel Jimenez
5:35 p.m.: Brian Harman, Spencer Levin, Mikko Ilonen
5:46 p.m.: Brice Garnett, Justin Hicks, Jesse Mueller
5:57 p.m.: Brian Rowell, Alberto Sanchez (a), Brian Gaffney
Afternoon wave off No. 9 tee:
3:30 p.m.: John Peterson, Morgan Hoffmann, Aaron Watkins
3:41 p.m.: Jeff Curl, Nicholas Thompson, Casey Wittenberg
3:52 p.m.: Soren Kjeldsen, Chez Reavie, Peter Lawrie
4:03 p.m.: Michael Campbell, Olin Browne, Joe Durant
4:14 p.m.: Bill Haas, Nick Watney, Brandt Snedeker
4:25 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose
4:36 p.m.: Steve Stricker, Ian Poulter, Matt Kuchar
4:47 p.m.: Jason Day, Louis Oosthuizen, Jason Dufner
4:58 p.m.: Rickie Fowler, Ryo Ishikawa, Dustin Johnson
5:09 p.m.: Hunter Haas, Tadahiro Takayama, Lee Slattery
5:20 p.m.: Alex Cejka, Kevin Chappell, Blake Adams
5:31 p.m.: James Hahn, Darron Stiles, Roberto Castro
5:42 p.m.: Brooks Koepka (a), Kyle Thompson, Samuel Osborne
While Tiger Woods hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open, you won't catch the fourteen-time major champion sweating his lack of recent success.
As he pointed out in recent comments with reporters, golf is hardly a typical sport, and while 36 isn't young, it certainly isn't old either:
"Well, Jack did it at 46, right?" Woods said, referring to Nicklaus' last major victory. "So I've got 10 (years). (Tom) Watson almost pulled it off at 59. It can be done. We can play for a very long time... Look how many guys are 50-plus still playing out here."
One thing is for sure, if Woods doesn't break Nicklaus' record of 18 major championships, it won't be for lack of trying.
His body may not be what it once was, but it is highly unlikely he's going to find something else to do with his time in his late 30's and early 40's. Nor will he ever have to worry about qualifying for a major, as there's no scenario where he wouldn't receive a sponsors exemption.
Andy Zhang stands in at six feet tall and weighs 185 pounds. He is also just 14 years old. When the 2012 U.S. Open gets underway on Thursday at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, Zhang will become the youngest-ever golfer in the history of the Grand Slam event.
Paul Casey withdrew from the Open on Monday, leaving a spot for an alternate. Zhang, who had lost a playoff at a regional qualifier the previous week, got the call. Zhang is a native of China who has lived in the U.S. since he was 10. The amateur will get a chance to turn some heads as he plays alongside the very best golfers in the world, including local boys Chez Reavie, Rickie Fowler and Hunter Mahan.
Now that Tiger Woods is apparently back, he is the odds-on favorite to win the 2012 U.S. Open this weekend at Olympic when his paired up with his rival Phil Mickelson and 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson.
This is the biggest storyline going into the tournament. Oklahoma State alum Hunter Mahan is among several golfers with a decent chance to win the U.S. Open (33/1). Rickie Fowler has a 40/1 chance, according to Bovada.
Take a look at the complete odds list here:
Tiger Woods 6/1
Lee Westwood 10/1
Rory McIlroy 10/1
Luke Donald 12/1
Phil Mickelson 16/1
Dustin Johnson 20/1
Jason Dufner 28/1
Matt Kuchar 28/1
Bubba Watson 30/1
Adam Scott 33/1
Hunter Mahan 33/1
Justin Rose 33/1
Zach Johnson 33/1
Jim Furyk 40/1
Keegan Bradley 40/1
Louis Oosthuizen 40/1
Martin Kaymer 40/1
Nick Watney 40/1
Rickie Fowler 40/1
Steve Stricker 40/1
For all your news, analysis and updates in the run up to the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, be sure to visit SB Nation's dedicated golf hub.
Chez Reavie, Gary Woodland and Aaron Watkins are just a handful of golfers representing the Kansas City area in some fashion in the 2012 U.S. Open. You can view all of their tee times and pairings right here.
But the more poignant angles of this tournament are documented by SB Nation's Brian Floyd at our dedicated golf hub page. He breaks down the difficulty of the course, who to watch and even the schedule. The most relevant of these points is the difficulty of The Olympic Club, where at a par of 70 -- 34 out and 36 in -- and a length of just over 7,100 yards, the course plays both long and narrow.
Fans will be interested to see the golf pairing of Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson, each one a golfer who could be considered a favorite to win the tournament.
Read more general golf news and analysis at Waggle Room.
Nine Kansas City-area golfers will participate in the 2012 U.S. Open.