U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2)

The Loop

Woods, Yang paired the first two rounds in PGA

August 07, 2010

It used to be that the USGA was the golf body that displayed a sense of humor with its tee times. That may still be true, but the PGA of America can have its moments, too.

Case in point: the pairing of Tiger Woods and Y.E. Yang in the first two rounds at Whistling Straits next week. As if you had forgotten, it was Yang who became the first player to come from behind to beat Woods in the final round of a major, a moment some might say that started the Woods tailspin we are still witnessing.

The trio, alongside Vijay Singh -- who won the PGA the last time it was played at Whistling Straits, in 2004 -- will go off No. 10 at 9:20 a.m. EDT Thursday and 2:35 p.m. Friday.

The traditional PGA pairing of the winners of the season's first three majors -- Phil Mickelson, Graeme McDowell, and Louis Oosthuizen -- will go off No. 1 at 2:35 p.m. on Thursday and No. 10 at 9:20 a.m. Friday.

-- Sam Weinman