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Rickie Fowler, a consistent contender in majors lately, is paired with Tiger Woods, who is looking to regain his major form.
 
The U.S. Golf Association has released the tee times for the first two rounds of the U.S. Open, and, as expected, as put together several powerhouse pairings.
 
Among the most prominent groups:
 
--Tiger Woods is paired with Rickie Fowler and former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen at 2:28 p.m. on Thursday and 8:28 a.m. on Friday.
 
--Directly in front of them at 2:17 p.m. Thursday and 8:17 a.m. Friday is the trio of Masters champion Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and former U.S. Open winner Justin Rose.
 
--World no. 1 Rory McIlroy is grouped with defending champion Martin Kaymer and reigning U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang from south korea.
 
--Phil Mickelson, looking to complete his carer Grand Slam, will go out with Bubba Watson and two-time major winner Angel Cabrera at 7:33 a.m. on Thursday and 1:33 p.m. on Friday.
 
--Also out early Thursday (8:17 a.m.) and late Friday (2:17 p.m.) is the trio of Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott and Sergio Garcia.
 
Here are the tee times for the first two rounds. All tee times are PDT:
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10
7 a.m. / 1 p.m.: Michael Putnam, University Place, Wash.; Marcus Fraser, Australia; TBD
7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m.: Garth Mulroy, South Africa; Richard Lee, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lucas Bjerregaard, Denmark
7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m.: Jason Allred, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (a) Kyle Jones, Snowflake, Ariz.; Cody Gribble, Dallas, Texas
7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m.: Phil Mickelson, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.; Bubba Watson, Bagdad, Fla.; Angel Cabrera, Argentina
7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m.: Wen-Chong Liang, People's Republic of China; David Hearn, Canada; Hiroyuki Fujita, Japan
7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m.: Robert Streb, Shawnee, Kan.; (a) Lee McCoy, Athens, Ga.; TBD
8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m.: George McNeill, Fort Myers, Fla.; Masahiro Kawamura, Japan; Cameron Tringale, Mission Viejo, Calif.
8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m.: Henrik Stenson, Sweden; Francesco Molinari, Italy; Brandt Snedeker, Nashville, Tenn.
8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m. – Jim Furyk, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Miguel Angel Jimenez, Spain; Colin Montgomerie, Scotland
8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m.: Brooks Koepka, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Russell Henley, Macon, Ga.; Byeong-Hun An, Republic of Korea
8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m.: Jason Dufner, Cleveland, Ohio; Marc Warren, Scotland; Matt Every, Jacksonville, Fla.
9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m.: Brandon Hagy, Los Angeles, Calif.; (a) Matthew NeSmith, North Augusta, S.C.; Sebastian Cappelen, Denmark
9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m.: (a) Nick Hardy, Northbrook, Ill.; Alex Kim, Fullerton, Calif.; Rich Berberian Jr., Derry, N.H.
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1
7 a.m. / 1 p.m.: Troy Kelly, Lakewood, Wash.; Seuk Hyun Baek, Republic of Korea; Cameron Smith, Australia
7:11 a.m. / 1:11 p.m.: John Parry, England; TBD; (a) Jack Maguire, St. Petersburg, Fla.
7:22 a.m. / 1:22 p.m.: Timothy O'Neal, Savannah, Ga.; Stephan Jaeger, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Kurt Barnes, Australia
7:33 a.m. / 1:33 p.m.: Gary Woodland, Topeka, Kan.; Victor Dubuisson, France; John Senden, Australia
7:44 a.m. / 1:44 p.m.: TBD; Morgan Hoffmann, Jupiter, Fla.; Bernd Wiesberger, Austria
7:55 a.m. / 1:55 p.m.: Marcel Siem, Germany; Alexander Levy, France; Brian Harman, St. Simons Island, Ga.
8:06 a.m. / 2:06 p.m.: Hideki Matsuyama, Japan; Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland; Matt Kuchar, St. Simons Island, Ga.
8:17 a.m. / 2:17 p.m.: Dustin Johnson, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Adam Scott, Australia; Sergio Garcia, Spain
8:28 a.m. / 2:28 p.m.: Martin Kaymer, Germany; (a) Gunn Yang, Republic of Korea; Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland
8:39 a.m. / 2:39 p.m.: Patrick Reed, Houston, Texas; Chris Kirk, Milton, Ga.; Jamie Donaldson, Wales
8:50 a.m. / 2:50 p.m.: Webb Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.; Keegan Bradley, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kevin Na, Diamond Bar, Calif.
9:01 a.m. / 3:01 p.m.: (a) Sam Horsfield, England; Shunsuke Sonoda, Japan; Oliver Farr, Wales
9:12 a.m. / 3:12 p.m.: Kevin Lucas, Folsom, Calif.; Pat Wilson, Andover, N.J.; (a) Cole Hammer, Houston, Texas
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #1 / Friday (June 19), hole #10
1 p.m. / 7 a.m.: Jason Palmer, England; Roberto Castro, Atlanta, Ga.; Andres Romero, Argentina
1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m.: (a) Denny McCarthy, Rockville, Md.; D.A. Points, Windermere, Fla.; Shiv Kapur, India
1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m.: (a) Bryson DeChambeau, Clovis, Calif.; Blayne Barber, Auburn, Ala.; Billy Hurley III, Annapolis, Md.
1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m.: Geoff Ogilvy, Australia; Ernie Els, South Africa; Retief Goosen, South Africa
1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m.: Bo Van Pelt, Jenks, Okla.; Charlie Beljan, Mesa, Ariz.; Tony Finau, Lehi, Utah
1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m.: Lee Janzen, Orlando, Fla.; (a) Oliver Schniederjans, Powder Springs, Ga.; Darren Clarke, Northern Ireland
2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m.: Daniel Summerhays, Fruit Heights, Utah; Thomas Aiken, South Africa; Danny Lee, New Zealand
2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m.: Jordan Spieth, Dallas, Texas; Jason Day, Australia; Justin Rose, England
2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m.: Tiger Woods, Hobe Sound, Fla.; Rickie Fowler, Murrieta, Calif.; Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa
2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m.: Jimmy Walker, Boerne, Texas; Zach Johnson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Ian Poulter, England
2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m.: Ryan Moore, Las Vegas, Nev.; Anirban Lahiri, India; Erik Compton, Coral Gables, Fla.
3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m.: (a) Jake Knapp, Costa Mesa, Calif.; Tyler Duncan, Columbus, Ind.; Matt Mabrey, Little Rock, Ark.
3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m.: Michael Davan, Hoopeston, Ill.; (a) Davis Riley, Hattiesburg, Miss.; Andrew Pope, Orlando, Fla.
 
Thursday (June 18), hole #10 / Friday (June 19), hole #1
1 p.m. / 7 a.m.: Tom Hoge, Fort Worth, Texas; Brad Fritsch, Holly Springs, N.C.; Tjaart van der Walt, South Africa
1:11 p.m. / 7:11 a.m.: Brad Elder, Dallas, Texas; (a) Beau Hossler, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Jamie Lovemark, Scottsdale, Ariz.
1:22 p.m. / 7:22 a.m.: Ryo Ishikawa, Japan; Luke Donald, England; J.B. Holmes, Campbellsville, Ky.
1:33 p.m. / 7:33 a.m.: Lucas Glover, Tequesta, Fla.; (a) Bradley Neil, Scotland; Marc Leishman, Australia
1:44 p.m. / 7:44 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, Colleyville, Texas; Joost Luiten, Netherlands; Danny Willett, England
1:55 p.m. / 7:55 a.m.: TBD; George Coetzee, South Africa; Alexander Noren, Sweden
2:06 p.m. / 8:06 a.m.: Brendon Todd, Atlanta, Ga.; Branden Grace, South Africa; Thongchai Jaidee, Thailand
2:17 p.m. / 8:17 a.m.: Billy Horschel, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Paul Casey, England; Lee Westwood, England
2:28 p.m. / 8:28 a.m.: Bill Haas, Greenville, S.C.; Charl Schwartzel, South Africa; Hunter Mahan, Dallas, Texas
2:39 p.m. / 8:39 a.m.: Shane Lowry, Republic of Ireland; Ben Martin, Greenville, S.C.; Stephen Gallacher, Scotland
2:50 p.m. / 8:50 a.m.: Charley Hoffman, Las Vegas, Nev.; Camilo Villegas, Colombia; Tommy Fleetwood, England
3:01 p.m. / 9:01 a.m.: Mark Silvers, Thunderbolt, Ga.; (a) Brian Campbell, Irvine, Calif.; Cheng-Tsung Pan, Chinese Taipei
3:12 p.m. / 9:12 a.m.: TBD; Jared Becher, Reno, Nev.; Samuel Saunders, Fort Collins, Colo.
 
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Bubba Watson is at Chambers Bay preparing for next week's U.S. Open. By the looks of this putt, Watson at least has the undulated greens at Chambers Bay figured out.

Bubba Watson is out in Seattle already preparing for next week's U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, which looks more like the type of course you'd expect to see an Open Championship played on.

With the shapes and undulations on the Chambers Bay greens, we're guaranteed to see some wild putts during the tournament.

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But, why wait for the tournament to begin next Thursday to witness something fun on the greens?

Check out this putt by Watson with his back to the hole:

 

 

 

I love the end where Watson is waiting at the hole to pick the ball out of the cup as it drops.

Hard to believe that's just the second-best putt we've seen today. No. 1 goes to Jodi Ewart Shadoff at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, which you can see here.

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Karrie Webb, a seven-time LPGA major winner, is in a familiar position at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship -- possessing the lead.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- In conditions on Friday at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship that were more demanding than Thursday's first round, seven-time major winner Karrie Webb played like the seasoned veteran she is and carded a 2-under 71.

The 71, along with Webb's 68 on Thursday, gave Webb the early clubhouse lead in the second round at 7-under 139.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Champ. leaderboard | Ewart Shadoff holes putt with 30 feet of break

"I just think the greens are firmer," Webb said. "It's just a little more challenging to get the ball close. The wind is out of a slightly different direction so the course -- I think the longer holes yesterday played a lot shorter than they -- a lot longer today than they did yesterday. So I think that's making a little bit more challenging. It's hard to get -- tucked pins and then the greens are getting firm, it's hard to get it in there close."

Though it may have been challenging, Webb made it look easy. Her lone bogey on the day came at the par-3 16th hole, but she recovered from that with a birdie at the final hole.

"Nice to finish with a birdie on the last," Webb said.

Webb's last major victory was nine years ago at the ANA Inspiration. In terms of regular LPGA events, Webb last won in March of 2014 at the JTBC Founders Cup.

At 40 years old, Webb is doing what you'd expect a successful, gritty veteran to do -- she limits mistakes.

"I feel comfortable with where I put myself," Webb said of her 7 under total through two rounds. "Who knows if that will be leading or tied for the lead or one behind tomorrow. I'm just really happy to have played the course really solidly for two days and see what happens on the weekends." 

Webb takes early clubhouse lead at 7 under
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The only thing missing from this Jodi Ewart Shadoff par putt in the second round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship on Friday was a windmill.

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Jodi Ewart Shadoff of England hit what might end up being the greatest putt we see this week in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Friday's second round at Westchester Country Club (it may have even been the best putt of the year in golf, period).

Playing the par-4 seventh hole, Ewart Shadoff was faced with a 25-foot par putt. However, because of the undulation in Westchester's greens, Ewart Shadoff had to take an insane line to even think about getting the ball close to the hole -- roughly 30 feet of break.

RELATED: KPMG Women's PGA Championship leaderboard | Round 2 photos from Westchester

With her back to the hole, fans must have been scratching their heads as Ewart struck the ball up a slope, aimed off the green. Just before the ball hit the fringe, it snapped off to the left and rolled about 30 feet before dying into the hole.

Check it out:

 

The only thing missing on this putt was the windmill. What an amazing effort. 

Amazing putt with 30 feet of break drops in for mind-blowing par
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FootGolf is an alternative to traditional golf and now, the guys over at Dude Perfect, have another alternative -- golf with everything but golf equipment. It looks like it could be fun.

The boys over at Dude Perfect put together some of the best and most fun videos on the internet. This latest effort is no exception.

Playing golf with a bag filled with sports gear -- everything but golf equipment -- the boys set out to see how low a score they can record on a hole.

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The catch? Once you use an item for a shot -- a soccer ball, bat and ball, football, etc. -- you can't use it again.

Check out the video here:

 

Fun video, but I'll stick to the traditional golf gear.

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Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods has fallen to second among all golfers in total annual earnings, but just barely.
 
Almost from the moment Tiger Woods said "Hello world" back in 1996, he has ranked as the world's highest earning golfer. But no more.
 
According to Forbes Magazine's latest ranking, which was revealed on Wednesday, Woods has been edged off the top rung of the golf ladder by his longtime pursuer, Phil Mickelson. Lefty amassed $50.8 million in earnings both on and off the course in 2014, the magazine says, while Woods checked in right behind him at $50.6 million. That makes this the first year since Woods turned pro that he hasn't been pro golf's leading earner.
 
 
Overall, Woods – who outearned everyone in all of athletics for much of the first decade of this century – ranks ninth, with Mickelson right above him in eighth. Fast-rising Rory McIlroy was the third-highest earning golfer at $48.3 million, good for 12th place on the overall list. The next highest-ranked golfers are No. 82 Justin Rose at $22 million, No. 85 Jordan Spieth at $19.8 million and No. 96 Billy Horschel at $19 million.
 
Not surprisingly, boxer Floyd Mayweather tops the overall list at $300 million, followed by Manny Pacquiao at $160 million. Also in the top 10 are No. 3 Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid at $79.6 million, No. 4 Lionel Messi of Barcelona at $73.8 million, No. 5 Roger Federer at $67 million, No. 6 LeBron James at $64.8 million and No. 7 Kevin Durant at $54.1 million.
 
Tiger's biggest haul, by the way, came back in 2006, when he pulled in $121 million.
 
Tiger Woods is no longer golf's highest paid player