Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka not paired at U.S. Open

Bryson DeChambeau will open his defense of his U.S. Open title on Thursday when he is paired with Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci at Torrey Pines Golf Course.

That group will begin play at 4:14 p.m. ET on Thursday.



DeChambeau, obviously, was not paired with 2017-18 U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka when the tee times for the event were announced on Tuesday morning.

The two have had a simmering feud that has heated up recently after a Golf Channel video went viral at the PGA Championship.

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Retired PGA golfer and analyst Brad Faxon said the United States Golf Association explored the idea of pairing DeChambeau with Koepka. DeChambeau reportedly declined the option, per Faxon.

“The USGA did call Bryson DeChambeau and his agent and asked them if they would be OK with that, and Bryson declined,” Faxon said during an appearance on SiriusXM PGA Tour Radio.



However, Brett Falkoff, DeChambeau’s agent, said the golfer was not asked by the USGA to be paired with Koepka.

“The USGA did not reach out to Bryson regarding a potential pairing with Brooks Koepka. Bryson is fully focused on defending the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines this week,” Falkoff said in a statement to ESPN.

Koepka revealed that he had become distracted during an interview after a talking DeChambeau had walked by. The video showed Koepka rolling his eyes and dropping a choice word in the process.


Koepka likely won’t have to worry about that in the first two rounds of the U.S. Open. He will play the first two rounds beginning at 10:29 a.m. ET on the 10th tee with Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa on Thursday and Friday.

Other notable pairings included Phil Mickelson being grouped with Xander Schauffele and Max Homa at 10:51 a.m. on the 10th tee on Thursday, as well as No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson paired with Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and England’s Justin Rose at 4:36 p.m. ET off the first tee.

Tee times (All times EDT)

Thursday, Hole No. 1 / Friday, Hole No. 10

  • 9:45 a.m. / 3:30 p.m. — Sahith Theegala, Edoardo Molinari, Greyson Sigg
  • 9:56 a.m. / 3:41 p.m. — Chris Baker, J.J. Spaun, Fabian Gomez
  • 10:07 a.m. / 3:52 p.m. — Patrick Rodgers, Robby Shelton, Pierceson Coody
  • 10:18 a.m. / 4:03 p.m. — Russell Henley, Mackenzie Hughes, Harris English
  • 10:29 a.m. / 4:14 p.m. — Francesco Molinari, Henrik Stenson, Shane Lowry
  • 10:40 a.m. / 4:25 p.m. — Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Viktor Hovland
  • 10:51 a.m. / 4:36 p.m. — Martin Kaymer, Webb Simpson, Gary Woodland
  • 11:02 a.m. / 4:47 p.m. — Tony Finau, Abraham Ancer, Daniel Berger
  • 11:13 a.m. / 4:58 p.m. — Si Woo Kim, Kevin Na, Bernd Wiesberger
  • 11:24 a.m. / 5:09 p.m. — Jimmy Walker, Ian Poulter, Ryan Palmer
  • 11:35 a.m. / 5:20 p.m. — J.T. Poston, Adam Hadwin, Joe Long
  • 11:46 a.m. / 5:31 p.m. — Luis Fernando Barco, Dylan Meyer, Matthew Sharpstene
  • 11:57 a.m. / 5:42 p.m. –- Mario Carmona, Wilson Furr, Davis Shore
Tony Finau
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Thursday, Hole No. 10 / Friday, Hole No. 1

  • 9:45 a.m. / 3:30 p.m. — Andy Pope, Brad Kennedy, Thomas Aiken
  • 9:56 a.m. / 3:41 p.m. — Yosuke Asaji, Marcus Armitage, Jhonattan Vegas
  • 10:07 a.m. / 3:52 p.m. — Cameron Young, Wilco Nienaber, Guido Migliozzi
  • 10:18 a.m. / 4:03 p.m. — Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood, Matthew Wolff
  • 10:29 a.m. / 4:14 p.m. — Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka
  • 10:40 a.m. / 4:25 p.m. — Kevin Kisner, Billy Horschel, Matt Kuchar
  • 10:51 a.m. / 4:36 p.m. — Max Homa, Xander Schauffele, Phil Mickelson
  • 11:02 a.m. / 4:47 p.m. — Jason Kokrak, Cameron Champ, Corey Conners
  • 11:13 a.m. / 4:58 p.m. — Paul Barjon, Sam Ryder, Ryo Ishikawa
  • 11:24 a.m. / 5:09 p.m. — Dylan Frittelli, Martin Laird, K.H. Lee
  • 11:35 a.m. / 5:20 p.m. — Rafa Cabrera Bello, Adrian Meronk, Sung Kang
  • 11:46 a.m. / 5:31 p.m. — Akshay Bhatia, Andrew Kozan, Alvaro Ortiz
  • 11:57 a.m. / 5:42 p.m. — James Hervol, Hayden Springer, Roy Cootes
Phil Mickelson
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Thursday, Hole No. 1 / Friday, Hole No. 10

  • 3:30 p.m. / 9:45 a.m. — Zach Zaback, Steve Allan, Eric Cole
  • 3:41 p.m. / 9:56 a.m. — Hayden Buckley, Taylor Montgomery, Jordan Smith
  • 3:52 p.m. / 10:07 a.m. — Chez Reavie, Richard Bland, Troy Merritt
  • 4:03 p.m. / 10:18 a.m. — Robert MacIntyre, Victor Perez, Matt Wallace
  • 4:14 p.m. / 10:29 a.m. — Tyler Strafaci, Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau
  • 4:25 p.m. / 10:40 a.m. — Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson
  • 4:36 p.m. / 10:51 a.m. — Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose
  • 4:47 p.m. / 11:02 a.m. — Matt Jones, Brendan Steele, Cameron Smith
  • 4:58 p.m. / 11:13 a.m. — Carlos Ortiz, Zach Johnson, Lanto Griffin
  • 5:09 p.m. / 11:24 a.m. — Sam Burns, Chan Kim, Thomas Detry
  • 5:20 p.m. / 11:35 a.m. — Ollie Osborne, Peter Malnati, Brian Stuard
  • 5:31 p.m. / 11:46 a.m. — John Huh, Johannes Veerman, Zack Sucher
  • 5:42 p.m. / 11:57 a.m. — Rick Lamb, Michael Johnson, Carson Schaake
Bryson DeChambeau
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Thursday, Hole No. 10 / Friday, Hole No. 1

  • 3:30 p.m. / 9:45 a.m. — David Coupland, Taylor Pendrith, Wade Ormsby
  • 3:41 p.m. / 9:56 a.m. — Tom Hoge, Bo Hoag, Joe Highsmith
  • 3:52 p.m. / 10:07 a.m. — Erik van Rooyen, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Charl Schwartzel
  • 4:03 p.m. / 10:18 a.m. — Garrick Higgo, Cole Hammer, Joaquin Niemann
  • 4:14 p.m. / 10:29 a.m. — Lee Westwood, Stewart Cink, Paul Casey
  • 4:25 p.m. / 10:40 a.m. — Will Zalatoris, Scottie Scheffler, Jordan Spieth
  • 4:36 p.m. / 10:51 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Jon Rahm, Patrick Reed
  • 4:47 p.m. / 11:02 a.m. — Patrick Cantlay, Louis Oosthuizen, Sungjae Im
  • 4:58 p.m. / 11:13 a.m. — Kevin Streelman, Branden Grace, Charley Hoffman
  • 5:09 p.m. / 11:24 a.m. — Sebastian Munoz, Rikuya Hoshino, Brendon Todd
  • 5:20 p.m. / 11:35 a.m. — Wyndham Clark, Matthias Schmid, Matthew Southgate
  • 5:31 p.m. / 11:46 a.m. — Spencer Ralston, Dylan Wu, Justin Suh
  • 5:42 p.m. / 11:57 a.m. — Luis Gagne, Kyle Westmoreland, Christopher Crawford




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