PGA Championship tee times are out

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The tee times and pairings for the first two rounds of the PGA Championship were released Friday afternoon. You can see them here in a .pdf file.

Here are some of the most prominent pairings, and some off-the-top-of-my-head thoughts:

Tiger Woods, Keegan Bradley and Martin Kaymer (8:30 a.m./1:40 p.m.)
Two players who broke through in the PGA Championship earlier than anyone ever thought will play with the greatest major championship performer of the modern era, and perhaps of all time.

Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Ernie Els (1:20 p.m./8:10 a.m.)
Traditionally, the PGA Championship assembles the winners of the year’s first three majors into one marquee group. Els is on a roll, but Watson and Simpson are both trying to deal with the demands of parenthood.

Padraig Harrington, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson (1:40 p.m./8:30 a.m. Thursday)
Harrington is pushing hard to reclaim a spot on the European Ryder Cup team, but Love will be focused on Mickelson, who’s hanging near the bottom of the list for guaranteed spots on the American team thanks to an inconsistent season.  

Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk (8:10 a.m./1:20 p.m.)
Furyk is on the comeback after a somewhat disappointing season so far, while Johnson is on the comeback from a season-wrecking injury and McIlroy is on the comeback from a year of inconsistent play. Johnson averages 305 yards off the tee, while McIlroy averages 304. Furyk, meanwhile, averages 279, so he’ll likely be hitting first into almost every green. 

Lee Westwood, Angel Cabrera and Bill Haas (8:50 a.m./2:00 p.m.)
Westwood’s long quest for a first major title finds him paired with the efficient Haas and the all-or-nothing Cabrera.

Hunter Mahan, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia (1:10 p.m./8:00 a.m.)
Scott and Garcia can compare their major war wounds, while Mahan can see if he can step up to the next level with a breakthrough major victory. 

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