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U.S. Open 2019 tee times: First- and second-round groupings, pairings

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U.S. Open 2019 tee times: First- and second-round groupings, pairings

We're a week away from the 2019 U.S. Open. We don't know how it will end, but now, we know how it will begin.

The USGA released full tee times for the first and second rounds at Pebble Beach Thursday, and boy, are there some good groupings.

All eyes will, of course, be on Tiger Woods, who is coming off a performance at the Memorial in which he tied for ninth. Woods, who won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15 strokes, will tee off for next Thursday's first round at 2:09 p.m. PT.

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Woods will be joined by two other former U.S. Open champions in Jordan Spieth and Justin Rose. Those three will begin their second round on Friday at 8:24 a.m. PT on Pebble's 10th tee.

Of course, while Woods, Spieth and Rose are all considered among the favorites to win next week, you can't overlook Brooks Koepka, who is not only coming off his second straight PGA Championship victory, but has also won each of the last two U.S. Opens. Koepka will tee off Thursday at 1:47 p.m PT alongside Francesco Molinari and U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland.

Full tee times for the first and second rounds of the 2019 U.S. Open can be found below.

U.S. Open Tee Times: Thursday’s First Round

* 10th Tee Start; (a) Denotes amateur

6:45 a.m. – Sam Saunders, Carlos Ortiz, Marcus Fraser
6:45 a.m.* – Luis Gagne (a), Sepp Straka, Julian Etulain
6:56 a.m. – Player TBD, Erik Van Rooyen, Chun An Yu (a)
6:56 a.m.* – Dean Burmester, Player TBD, Kyounghoon Lee
7:07 a.m. – Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen, Player TBD
7:07 a.m.* – Clement Sordet, Tom Hoge, Adri Arnaus
7:18 a.m. – Scottie Scheffler, Matt Parziale (a), Nick Taylor
7:18 a.m.* – Brian Davis, Kevin O’Connell (a), Billy Hurley III
7:29 a.m. – Patton Kizzire, Jovan Rebula (a), Jason Dufner
7:29 a.m.* – Brendon Todd, Luke Donald, Mike Weir
7:40 a.m. – Haotong Li, Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes
7:40 a.m.* – Kyle Stanley, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett
7:51 a.m. – Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els
7:51 a.m.* – Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy
8:02 a.m. – Si Woo Kim, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
8:02 a.m.* – Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner, Bryson Dechambeau
8:13 a.m. – Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Gary Woodland
8:13 a.m.* – Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell
8:24 a.m. – Ca.m.eron Smith, Matthew Wallace, Xander Schauffele
8:24 a.m.* – Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood
8:35 a.m. – C.T. Pan, Abraham Ancer, Brandon Wu (a)
8:35 a.m.* – Jhonattan Vegas, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen
8:46 a.m. – Chan Kim, Justin Walters, Player TBD
8:46 a.m.* – Rob Oppenheim, Rhys Enoch, Richard Lee
8:57 a.m. – Nick Hardy, Noah Norton (a), Andreas Halvorsen
8:57 a.m.* – Andy Pope, Ryan Sullivan, Matthew Naumec
12:30 p.m. – Rory Sabbatini, Sam Horsfield, Roberto Castro
12:30 p.m.* – Nathan Lashley, Renato Paratore, Lee Slattery
12:41 p.m. – Cameron Young (a), Marcus Kinhult, Brian Stuard
12:41 p.m.* – Player TBD, Collin Morikawa, Aaron Wise
12:52 p.m. – Luke Guthrie, Joseph Bra.m.lett, Charlie Danielson
12:52 p.m.* – Merrick Bremner, Chip McDaniel, Cody Gribble
1:03 p.m. – Austin Eckroat (a), Alexander Noren, Charles Howell III
1:03 p.m.* – Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Chez Reavie, David Toms
1:14 p.m. – Thomas Pieters, Chesson Hadley, Stewart Hagestad (a)
1:14 p.m.* – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Na, Keegan Bradley
1:25 p.m. – Paul Casey, Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover
1:25 p.m.* – Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker
1:36 p.m. – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Keith Mitchell, Shugo Imahira
1:36 p.m.* – Luke List, Lucas Bjerregaard, Branden Grace
1:47 p.m. – Francesco Molinari, Viktor Hovland (a), Brooks Koepka
1:47 p.m.* – Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar
1:58 p.m. – Tony Finau, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter
1:58 p.m.* – Byeong Hun An, Devon Bling (a), Matthew Fitzpatrick
2:09 p.m. – Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
2:09 p.m.* – Justin Harding, Aaron Baddeley, Player TBD
2:20 p.m. – Daniel Berger, Matthew Jones, Kodai Ichihara
2:20 p.m.* – Ollie Schniederjans, Mikumu Horikawa, Anirban Lahiri
2:31 p.m. – Matthieu Pavon, Chandler Eaton (a), Callum Tarren
2:31 p.m.* – Daniel Hillier (a), Alex Prugh, Zac Blair
2:42 p.m. – Eric Dietrich, Guillermo Pereira, Brett Drewitt
2:42 p.m.* – Hayden Shieh, Spencer Tibbits (a), Connor Arendell

U.S. Open Tee Times: Friday’s Second Round

* 10th Tee Start; (a) Denotes amateur

6:45 a.m. – Nathan Lashley, Renato Paratore, Lee Slattery
6:45 a.m.* – Rory Sabbatini, Sam Horsfield, Roberto Castro
6:56 a.m. – Player TBD, Collin Morikawa, Aaron Wise
6:56 a.m.* – Cameron Young (a), Marcus Kinhult, Brian Stuard
7:07 a.m. – Merrick Bremner, Chip McDaniel, Cody Gribble
7:07 a.m.* – Luke Guthrie, Joseph Bramlett, Charlie Danielson
7:18 a.m. – Michael Thorbjornsen (a), Chez Reavie, David Toms
7:18 a.m.* – Austin Eckroat (a), Alexander Noren, Charles Howell III
7:29 a.m. – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Kevin Na, Keegan Bradley
7:29 a.m.* – Thomas Pieters, Chesson Hadley, Stewart Hagestad (a)
7:40 a.m. – Jim Furyk, Henrik Stenson, Brandt Snedeker
7:40 a.m.* – Paul Casey, Patrick Cantlay, Lucas Glover
7:51 a.m. – Luke List, Lucas Bjerregaard, Branden Grace
7:51 a.m.* – Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Keith Mitchell, Shugo Imahira
8:02 a.m. – Webb Simpson, Adam Scott, Matt Kuchar
8:02 a.m.* – Francesco Molinari, Viktor Hovland (a), Brooks Koepka
8:13 a.m. – Byeong Hun An, Devon Bling (a), Matthew Fitzpatrick
8:13 a.m.* – Tony Finau, Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter
8:24 a.m. – Justin Harding, Aaron Baddeley, Player TBD
8:24 a.m.* – Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods
8:35 a.m. – Ollie Schniederjans, Mikumu Horikawa, Anirban Lahiri
8:35 a.m.* – Daniel Berger, Matthew Jones, Kodai Ichihara
8:46 a.m. – Daniel Hillier (a), Alex Prugh, Zac Blair
8:46 a.m.* – Matthieu Pavon, Chandler Eaton (a), Callum Tarren
8:57 a.m. – Hayden Shieh, Spencer Tibbits (a), Connor Arendell
8:57 a.m.* – Eric Dietrich, Guillermo Pereira, Brett Drewitt
12:30 p.m. – Luis Gagne (a), Sepp Straka, Julian Etulain
12:30 p.m.* – Sam Saunders, Carlos Ortiz, Marcus Fraser
12:41 p.m. – Dean Burmester, Player TBD, Kyounghoon Lee
12:41 p.m.* – Player TBD, Erik Van Rooyen, Chun An Yu (a)
12:52 p.m. – Clement Sordet, Tom Hoge, Adri Arnaus
12:52 p.m.* – Ryan Fox, Thorbjorn Olesen, Player TBD
1:03 p.m. – Brian Davis, Kevin O’Connell (a), Billy Hurley III
1:03 p.m.* – Scottie Scheffler, Matt Parziale (a), Nick Taylor
1:14 p.m. – Brendon Todd, Luke Donald, Mike Weir
1:14 p.m.* – Patton Kizzire, Jovan Rebula (a), Jason Dufner
1:25 p.m. – Kyle Stanley, Billy Horschel, Danny Willett
1:25 p.m.* – Haotong Li, Bubba Watson, J.B. Holmes
1:36 p.m. – Jon Rahm, Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy
1:36 p.m.* – Zach Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els
1:47 p.m. – Justin Thomas, Kevin Kisner, Bryson Dechambeau
1:47 p.m.* – Si Woo Kim, Rickie Fowler, Jason Day
1:58 p.m. – Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell
1:58 p.m.* – Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Gary Woodland
2:09 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, Tommy Fleetwood
2:09 p.m.* – Cameron Smith, Matthew Wallace, Xander Schauffele
2:20 p.m. – Jhonattan Vegas, Patrick Reed, Louis Oosthuizen
2:20 p.m.* – C.T. Pan, Abraham Ancer, Brandon Wu (a)
2:31 p.m. – Rob Oppenheim, Rhys Enoch, Richard Lee
2:31 p.m.* – Chan Kim, Justin Walters, Player TBD
2:42 p.m. – Andy Pope, Ryan Sullivan, Matthew Naumec
2:42 p.m.* – Nick Hardy, Noah Norton (a), Andreas Halvorsen

Three minor league hitters can help A's regardless of trade deadline moves

Three minor league hitters can help A's regardless of trade deadline moves

On Monday, we detailed three minor league pitchers who could help solidify the A's starting rotation and bullpen for the stretch run. Now we want to focus on position players.

While it's a less significant group, Oakland does feature three talented minor-league infielders who are just about ready to make an impact at the major league level:

Jorge Mateo

The A's No. 4 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, is having a phenomenal season at Triple-A Las Vegas. Mateo, 24, is slashing .302/.339/.537 with 17 home runs, 25 doubles, 13 triples, 72 RBI, and 20 stolen bases.

Mateo has spent the majority of the year at shortstop but has also started 14 games at second base. Of course, Marcus Semien owns the A's shortstop position, but Mateo might get an opportunity at second base come September, especially if Jurickson Profar and Franklin Barreto continue to struggle.

At the very least, Mateo should serve as a valuable pinch-runner. His speed has always been his best attribute, with MLB Pipeline ranking it as a perfect 80 on the 20-80 scale. That will definitely come in handy during the final month of the season.

Sheldon Neuse

Oakland's ninth-ranked prospect is also having a terrific season in Las Vegas. Neuse, 24, is slashing .321/.387/.543 with 19 home runs, 27 doubles, and 84 RBI. His biggest problem is the position he plays -- third base happens to be occupied in Oakland for the next several years.
 
However, Neuse has moved around the infield a bit this season, starting six games at shortstop and three at second base. He's even played three games in left field. That type of versatility will help Neuse's chances of getting playing time at the big-league level this year, particularly at second base.

Even if Neuse doesn't get many starts, he could provide the A's with a dangerous power bat off the bench in late-inning situations.

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Sean Murphy

The A's No. 3 prospect is undoubtedly the team's catcher of the future. Murphy is ranked as the fourth-best catcher prospect in all of baseball by MLB Pipeline.

The 24-year-old has missed the majority of the season with a knee injury, but returned to the Las Vegas Aviators last week and went 6-for-12 with four home runs and nine RBI in his first three games back. Overall, Murphy is slashing .349/.422/.640 with six homers and 18 RBI in 22 games this year in Triple-A.

Incredibly, Murphy's hitting is not even his best attribute. His defense is MLB-ready and would rank above average already. Now that his bat is coming alive too, he has a chance to be one of the best catchers in the game.

Murphy will almost certainly take over the A's starting catcher job next season, but he has a chance to make an early impact in September this year as well, especially if Josh Phegley and Chris Herrmann falter.

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Brooks Koepka's bid for U.S. Open history comes up short at Pebble Beach

Brooks Koepka's bid for U.S. Open history comes up short at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH -- It was like a scene from an old horror movie. The giant beast rises from the water, prepared to destroy everything in his path. Nothing can stop it.

Such was the scene at Pebble Beach on Sunday. With the late tee times going off, golf's Godzilla emerged on the first tee clad in a blue Nike pullover, a wad of chewing tobacco packed in his lip. 

There Brooks Koepka stood, ready to add Pebble Beach to a list of courses he's eviscerated en route to a major championship. A list that includes Shinnecock Hills, Bethpage Black, Bellerive and Erin Hills. 

Unfazed by the pressure of being four shots back on a U.S. Open Sunday. Unbothered by the enormity of the task of winning three straight U.S. Opens. Koepka stuck his tee in the ground on the first tee, and his unstoppable rampage began. 

He birdied No.1. Then, after losing his tee shot into the hospitality area on No. 2, it appeared Godzilla had met a roadblock.

Once again, Koepka didn't flinch. 

His recovery shot found the deep rough on the lip of the bunker that splits the second hole. But Koepka muscled his third shot out of the spinach to within five feet of the hole. A ho-hum par. 

The beast marched on. 

Birdies at three, four and five brought Koepka to 11-under for the tournament, on the precipice of overtaking leader Gary Woodland. History was within his grasp.

But eventually, someone discovers a way to slay the beast. Sometimes he stops himself. 

After paring six and seven, Koepka bogeyed No. 8. Godzilla can bleed. 

Meanwhile, Woodland kept grinding out pars, never giving Koepka an opening. The four-time major winner would have to make a move on the back nine in order to complete his destruction of another U.S. Open field.

After a birdie at 11, Koepka bogeyed 12 but remained only one shot back of Woodland. 

Koepka struck the ball beautifully all week, but he couldn't get the putts to fall. As he parred his way through the back nine, Godzilla started to stumble, and on 18, when his putt to get to 11-under darted in front of the hole, he fell back into the Pacific Ocean.

His quest for three straight U.S. Opens would come up three strokes shy of Woodland, who birdied 18 to finish at 13 under. Koepka became the first golfer in history to shoot four rounds in the 60s in a U.S. Open and not take home the trophy.

"It doesn't sting," Koepka said after the round. "I played great. Nothing I could do. I gave it my all. I give it my all every time and sometimes, like this week -- it happened at Augusta -- it's not meant to be. I played great. I hit every shot that I wanted to. And sometimes no matter how good your good is it isn't there."

Koepka has become the big-game hunter over the past two years. Arriving at major championships with an icy demeanor and the lone goal of eviscerating the field with his brute strength and unwavering will.

Sometimes the monster gets beat. Woodland was triumphant Sunday, doing what few have been able to do recently and only he has been able to do in the last three U.S. Opens: beat Brooks. 

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The U.S. Open leaves Pebble Beach with Koepka's name half carved into the lone tree in the 18th fairway. He was a few rolls of his putter from U.S. Open history.

From achieving it at this iconic venue, where the Pacific Ocean kisses the rocks and time melts away as quickly as the water from the shoreline of Stillwater Cove. 

"Yeah, it's cool. It's an awesome theater," Koepka said of Pebble Beach. "Anytime that you can play in a place that's as beautiful as this, it's pretty neat. You look out to the left and you've got the Pacific and you see all the fans on the right, it's a unique place. All the history behind it and to play a major championship here is quite special. Even you play the AT&T here it's a cool feeling. And it's one I can't wait to get back to."

Gary Woodland won the day. 

But Brooks Koepka, like Godzilla, is bound to return.