I love when Majors happen close to my time zone. Below are all of the Nike athlete tee times with a short thought on the groups (All times EDT);
7:44am – Tee 1 – Paul Casey, Matt Kuchar and K.J. Choi
This could definitely be my group to watch this week. I think it’s a group of guys that will win a major. All of these guys have a legitimate chance to win. They should all bring out the best in each other’s game.
7:44am – Tee 10 – Stewart Cink, Angel Cabrera and Padraig Harrington
Another great group of veterans with major titles under their belt. I see all of them making the cut and Cink being in contention on the weekend.
7:55am – Tee 10 – Anthony Kim, Ryo Ishikawa and Y.E. Yang
I am always somewhat worried about AK’s groupings, but Ryo has the potential to light it up, but Yang should bring a calming effect to this group.
1:35pm – Tee 1 – Francesco Molinari, Edoardo Molinari and Matteo Manaserro
I wouldn’t be surprised if these three were all right at the top of the leaderboard after the 2nd round. No group will be as comfortable as these three, especially after playing together last week in their home country of Italy.
1:46pm – Tee 10 – Charl Schwartzel, Trevor Immelman and Zach Johnson
Zach and Trevor followed up their Masters wins with made cuts at the US Open, but finished no better than a Top 40. I expect Charl to really show up this week and come out strong.
1:57pm – Tee 10 – Lucas Glover, Nick Watney and Geoff Ogilvy
This seems like the USGA is putting some pressure on Watney. Glover has won a US Open, same with Ogilvy. This should be a great group to watch also, as Ogilvy is really the only one who hasn’t got it going this year.