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McIlroy among early starters as Koepka seeks third straight US Open - tee times & preview

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Brooks Koepka is a four-time major winner and has won the last two US Opens
bbc.comWorld number one Brooks Koepka starts his quest to win a third successive US Open at 21:47 BST on Thursday, 13 June.The American plays the first two rounds at Pebble Beach with Open champion Francesco Molinari and US Amateur champion Viktor Hovland from Norway.Three-time winner Tiger Woods, who won his 15th major at the Masters in April, is playing with 2015 champion Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose, victor in 2013.
Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is out with Jon Rahm and Marc Leishman.McIlroy is among the favourites to add to his 2011 US Open triumph, and win a fifth major, after claiming the Canadian Open title last week.His compatriot Graeme McDowell - who won this title when it was last played at the California course in 2010 - is grouped with American world number two Dustin Johnson, who won his solitary major at the 2016 US Open, and five-time major champion Phil Mickelson.
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Selected first-round tee times (full list at bottom of page)
Starting on first (all times BST)21:47 - Francesco Molinari (Ita), Viktor Hovland (a) (Nor), Brooks Koepka (US)21:58 - Tony Finau (US), Jimmy Walker (US), Ian Poulter (Eng)22:09 - Jordan Spieth (US), Justin Rose (Eng), Tiger Woods (US)Starting on 10th15:51 - Jon Rahm (Spa), Marc Leishman (Aus), Rory McIlroy (NI)16:13 - Dustin Johnson (US), Phil Mickelson (US), Graeme McDowell (NI)16:24 - Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)
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Tiger Woods won his fifth Green Jacket at Augusta National in April, putting him one behind Jack Nicklaus' Masters haulIt's hard to look beyond Koepka winning the third of the year's four majors. He has won four of the past eight majors he has played in and is looking to become just the second man to win three successive US Open titles - the only other to do so is Scotland's Willie Anderson from 1903-05.The 29-year-old retained his US PGA Championship last month and finished runner-up at the Masters in April.Don't rule out Woods though. The 43-year-old, who is back up to fifth in the world rankings, ended an 11-year major drought by triumphing for the fifth time at Augusta National, and while he missed the cut at the US PGA in May, he won his first US Open title at Pebble Beach in 2000 - and by a record 15 shots.The American would join Anderson, Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus as a four-time winner.Woods' great rival Mickelson arrives on the California coast still looking for a first US Open victory on a course where he has had much success throughout his career.He won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year, for a joint-record fifth time, but the course set-up will be much tougher this week and that is unlikely to suit his erratic driving game.The left-hander, a six-time US Open runner-up, would become the oldest major winner were he to win on his 49th birthday on Sunday. Dustin Johnson has an incredible recent record at his national championship. The 34-year-old finally won the tournament in 2016 after near misses in 2014 and 2015, when he finished joint fourth and joint second respectively, while he finished third last year. And Johnson is in fine form in the majors this year, with second-place finishes at both the Masters and US PGA.Rickie Fowler is widely regarded as the best player not to have won a major. He is often in the mix, only to fall away as the heat is turned up or throw in a bad run of holes.He has 10 major top-10s including second at the 2018 Masters, putting him at the top of the list of active players never to have won a major.
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Victory in Canada was McIlroy's second PGA Tour victory of the season after winning the Players ChampionshipMcIlroy will be acutely aware that the last of his four major victories came almost five years ago, at the US PGA. Since then, he's had nine top-10 finishes in the 18 majors he's played in - without ever really threatening to win one.The 30-year-old, who won the 2011 US Open, has missed the cut the last three times, but comes into this year's tournament buoyed by his seven-shot win at last week's Canadian Open.Tommy Fleetwood finished runner-up to Koepka last year and was fourth the year before. He missed an eight-foot putt at the last at Shinnecock Hills in 2018 that would have seen him record the first 62 in US Open history and get into a play-off. Will the 28-year-old break his major duck this weekend[/IMG]The course
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The par-three seventh is one of the most iconic holes in golf, with the Pacific Ocean framing the greenPebble Beach is hosting the US Open for the sixth time. Jack Nicklaus, winner of a record 18 major titles, won the first in 1972, and was runner-up 10 years later after Tom Watson holed a chip from deep rough on the par-three 17th on his way to a two-shot victory.Watson's caddie had told him to knock it close but the American famously said: "Close[/img]
The exact point from which Watson chipped in no longer exists because part of the 17th green and 18th tee was claimed by the sea during a huge storm later that year.Tom Kite took the 1992 title at the age of 42, while Woods dominated in 2000.The United States Golf Association brought forward by two years its visit to Pebble because it wanted a spectacular course to bring in the millennium.Woods ripped up the course, setting numerous records as he led from start to finish. He was the only player to beat par and his winning score of 12 under was the lowest in the then 106-year history. His 15-shot margin of victory was a record and it was the start of the 'Tiger Slam', with Woods going on to win The Open and US PGA in 2000 before adding the 2001 Masters title.Northern Ireland's McDowell famously celebrated with his dad on the 18th green after winning in 2010 there - the US Open always finishes on Father's Day.McDowell shot a three-over 74 in the final round but still overcame a three-shot deficit as leader Dustin Johnson had a triple bogey on the second and dropped two more on the next to fall away.There are numerous iconic holes on the course. Perhaps the most notable are the par-three seventh and 17th holes which play out towards the Pacific Ocean, while the closing par-five 18th hugs the coastline.
Round one (all times BST)
American unless stated.Starting on the first hole14:45 - Sam Saunders, Carlos Ortiz (Mex), Marcus Fraser (Aus)14:56 - Scott Piercy, Erik Van Rooyen (SA), Chun An Yu (a) (Tpe)15:07 - Ryan Fox (NZ), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Emiliano Grillo (Arg)15:18 - Scottie Scheffler, Matt Parziale (a), Nick Taylor (Can)15:29 - Patton Kizzire, Jovan Rebula (a) (SA), Jason Dufner15:40 - Li Haotong (Chn), Bubba Watson, JB Holmes15:51 - Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Ernie Els (SA)16:02 - Kim Si-woo (Kor), Rickie Fowler, Jason Day (Aus)16:13 - Shane Lowry (Ire), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Gary Woodland16:24 - Cameron Smith (Aus), Matthew Wallace (Eng), Xander Schauffele16:35 - CT Pan (Tpe), Abraham Ancer (Mex), Brandon Wu (a)16:46 - Chan Kim, Justin Walters (SA), Harris English16:57 - Nick Hardy, Noah Norton (a), Andreas Halvorsen (Nor)20:30 - Rory Sabbatini (Svk) Sam Horsfield (Eng) Roberto Castro20:41 - Cameron Young (a), Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Brian Stuard20:52 - Luke Guthrie, Joseph Bramlett, Charlie Danielson21:03 - Austin Eckroat (a), Alexander Noren (Swe), Charles Howell21:14 - Thomas Pieters (Bel), Chesson Hadley, Stewart Hagestad (a)21:25 - Paul Casey (Eng), Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover21:36 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Keith Mitchell, Shugo Imahira (Jpn)21:47 - Francesco Molinari (Ita), Viktor Hovland (a) (Nor), Brooks Koepka21:58 - Tony Finau, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter (Eng)22:09 - Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose (Eng), Tiger Woods22:20 - Daniel Berger, Matthew Jones (Aus), Kodai Ichihara (Jpn)22:31 - Matthieu Pavon (Fra), Chandler Eaton (a), Callum Tarren (Eng)22:42 - Eric Dietrich, Guillermo Pereira (Chn), Brett Drewitt (Aus)Starting on the 10th hole
14:45 - Luis Gagne (a), Sepp Straka, Julian Etulain (Arg)14:56 - Dean Burmester (SA), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Lee Kyoung-hoon (Kor)15:07 - Clement Sordet (Fra), Tom Hoge, Adri Arnaus (Spa)15:18 - Brian Davis (Eng), Kevin O'Connell (a), Billy Hurley III15:29 - Brendon Todd, Luke Donald (Eng), Mike Weir (Can)15:40 - Kyle Stanley, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett (Eng)15:51 - Jon Rahm (Spa), Marc Leishman (Aus), Rory McIlroy (NI)16:02 - Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner, Bryson DeChambeau16:13 - Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell (NI)16:24 - Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)16:35 - Jhonattan Vegas (Ven), Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen (SA)16:46 - Rob Oppenheim, Rhys Enoch (Wal), Richard Lee16:57 - Andy Pope, Ryan Sullivan, Matthew Naumec20:30 - Nathan Lashley, Renato Paratore (Ita), Lee Slattery (Eng)20:41 - Joel Dahmen, Collin Morikawa, Aaron Wise20:52 - Merrick Bremner (SA), Chip McDaniel, Cody Gribble21:03 - Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Chez Reavie, David Toms21:14 - Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spa), Kevin Na, Keegan Bradley21:25 - Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson (Swe), Brandt Snedeker21:47 - Webb Simpson, Adam Scott (Aus), Matt Kuchar21:58 - An Byeong-hun (Kor), Devon Bling (a), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)22:09 - Justin Harding (SA), Aaron Baddeley (Aus), Andrew Putnam22:20 - Ollie Schniederjans, Mikumu Horikawa (Jpn), Anirban Lahiri (Ind)22:31 - Daniel Hillier (a) (NZ), Alex Prugh, Zac Blair22:42 - Hayden Shieh, Spencer Tibbits (a), Connor Arendell
Round two
Starting on the first hole14:45 - Nathan Lashley, Renato Paratore (Ita), Lee Slattery (Eng)14:56 - Joel Dahmen, Collin Morikawa, Aaron Wise15:07 - Merrick Bremner (SA), Chip McDaniel, Cody Gribble15:18 - Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Chez Reavie, David Toms15:29 - Rafa Cabrera Bello (Spa), Kevin Na, Keegan Bradley15:40 - Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson (Swe), Brandt Snedeker15:51 - Luke List, Lucas Bjerregaard (Den), Branden Grace (SA)16:02 - Webb Simpson, Adam Scott (Aus), Matt Kuchar16:13 - An Byeong-hun (Kor), Devon Bling (a), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)16:24 - Justin Harding (SA), Aaron Baddeley (Aus), Andrew Putnam16:35 - Ollie Schniederjans, Mikumu Horikawa (Jpn), Anirban Lahiri (Ind)16:46 - Daniel Hillier (a) (NZ), Alex Prugh, Zac Blair16:57 - Hayden Shieh, Spencer Tibbits (a), Connor Arendell20:30 - Luis Gagne (a), Sepp Straka, Julian Etulain (Arg)20:41 - Dean Burmester (SA), Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), Lee Kyoung-hoon (Kor)20:52 - Clement Sordet (Fra), Tom Hoge, Adri Arnaus (Spa)21:03 - Brian Davis (Eng), Kevin O'Connell (a), Billy Hurley III21:14 - Brendon Todd, Luke Donald (Eng), Mike Weir (Can)21:25 - Kyle Stanley, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett (Eng)21:36 - Jon Rahm (Spa), Marc Leishman (Aus), Rory McIlroy (NI)21:47 - Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner, Bryson DeChambeau21:58 - Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell (NI)22:09 - Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Sergio Garcia (Spa), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)22:20 - Jhonattan Vegas (Ven), Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen (SA)22:31 - Rob Oppenheim, Rhys Enoch (Wal), Richard Lee22:42 - Andy Pope, Ryan Sullivan, Matthew NaumecStarting on the 10th hole
14:45 - Rory Sabbatini (Svk), Sam Horsfield (Eng), Roberto Castro14:56 - Cameron Young (a), Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Brian Stuard15:07 - Luke Guthrie, Joseph Bramlett, Charlie Danielson15:18 - Austin Eckroat (a), Alexander Noren (Swe), Charles Howell15:29 - Thomas Pieters (Bel), Chesson Hadley, Stewart Hagestad (a)15:40 - Paul Casey (Eng), Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover15:51 - Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Tha), Keith Mitchell, Shugo Imahira (Jpn)16:02 - Francesco Molinari (Ita), Viktor Hovland (a) (Nor), Brooks Koepka16:13 - Tony Finau, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter (Eng)16:24 - Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose (Eng), Tiger Woods16:35 - Daniel Berger, Matthew Jones (Aus), Kodai Ichihara (Jpn)16:46 - Matthieu Pavon (Fra), Chandler Eaton (a), Callum Tarren (Eng)16:57 - Eric Dietrich, Guillermo Pereira (Chi), Brett Drewitt (Aus)20:30 - Sam Saunders, Carlos Ortiz (Mex), Marcus Fraser (Aus)20:41 - Scott Piercy, Erik Van Rooyen (SA), Yu Chun-An (a) (Tpe)20:52 - Ryan Fox (NZ), Thorbjorn Olesen (Den), Emiliano Grillo (Arg)21:03 - Scottie Scheffler, Matt Parziale (a), Nick Taylor (Can)21:14 - Patton Kizzire, Jovan Rebula (a) (SA), Jason Dufner21:25 - Li Haotong (Chn), Bubba Watson, JB Holmes21:36 - Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer (Ger), Ernie Els (SA)21:47 - Kim Si-woo (Kor), Rickie Fowler, Jason Day (Aus)21:58 - Shane Lowry (Ire), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Gary Woodland22:09 - Cameron Smith (Aus), Matthew Wallace (Eng), Xander Schauffele22:20 - CT Pan (Tpe), Abraham Ancer (Mex), Brandon Wu (a)22:31 - Chan Kim, Justin Walters (SA), Harris English22:42 - Nick Hardy, Noah Norton (a), Andreas Halvorsen (Nor)
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