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Defending champion Rose paired with Mickelson at U.S. Open

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6/6/2014 3:19:58 PM
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Pinehurst, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Justin Rose will play alongside Phil Mickelson for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open starting next Thursday at Pinehurst.

Also playing in the threesome is 2013 U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. They will start off the 10th tee at 7:51am et on Thursday and from the first hole at 1:36pm et Friday.

Rose broke through for his first major championship at Merion last year with a two-stroke victory over the six-time U.S. Open runner-up Mickelson.

The Englishman has six top-10 finishes between the PGA and European Tours this season, but is coming off a missed cut last week at the Memorial. That was just the second time this season he has failed to make the cut in 13 starts. He has made four cuts in eight tries at the Open, and has three top-10s in those four made cuts.

Mickelson's six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open is an all-time high. The reigning British Open winner will complete the career grand slam with a victory.

He has had an up-and-down season that includes seven top-20 finishes, including a share of second place at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, as well as three missed cuts and a pair of withdrawals.

World No. 1 Adam Scott will tee off on the first hole at 1:25 p.m. Thursday with a pair of other former Masters winners, Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel. They will start their second round on Friday at 7:40 a.m. at the 10th.

The trio has combined to win each of the last four green jackets, with Watson following his 2012 title with a win earlier this year.

One of the early marquee groups includes Sergio Garcia, WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship winner Jason Day and Brandt Snedeker. All three will be seeking their first career major victory when they take the course at 7:18 a.m. Thursday from the first tee.

Two groups later, Henrik Stenson, Matt Kuchar and Lee Westwood will take the course at 7:29 a.m., and they will be followed soon after by two-time major winner and 2011 U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy, 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell and 2012 U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson at 7:40 a.m.

A trio of young talent starts from the 10th hole at 8:13 a.m., as Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama are grouped together.

The highlight of the afternoon comes with reigning PGA Championship winner Jason Dufner being paired with Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer. That group tees off the first hole at 1:47 p.m. Thursday and from the 10th at 8:02 a.m. Friday.

The tournament kicks off at 6:45 a.m. Thursday with the groups of Daniel Berger, Brett Stegmaier and a player to be named later from the first tee and Henrik Norlander, Lucas Bjerregaard and Rob Oppenheim from the 10th.



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