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U.S. Open: Round 3 pairings will actually be threesomes, play scheduled to begin at 12:28 ET

Kevin Kaduk
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The 17th green at Merion Golf Club. (Getty Images)

ARDMORE, Pa. — The bad weather may be over at the U.S. Open, but it continues to alter the way the tournament is being played. USGA officials announced on Saturday morning that Round 3 will be played in threesomes and groupings will still go off from the 1st and 11th tees. Several groups were forced to finish their second rounds on Saturday morning after play was suspended due to darkness on Friday night.

The first Round 3 groups are scheduled to tee off at 12:28 p.m. ET.

Tiger Woods is again scheduled to play with Rory McIlroy starting on the first hole at 1:56 p.m. They will be joined by Spain's Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. All three players are +3 and tied for 13th after two rounds.

Co-leaders Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel will tee off with Luke Donald from the first tee at 2:40.

For what it's worth, it looks like a beautiful day for golf. The forecast in Ardmore calls for plenty of sun with temperatures in the low 80s. The damp conditions that covered the course for the first two rounds are quickly drying and it'll be interesting to see how that changes the challenges of an old course that has defeated the players over the first 36 holes.

Saturday's Round 3 starting times * denotes group is starting on 11th hole

12:28 — KJ Choi/Shawn Stefani
12:28* — Jamie Donaldson/Webb Simpson/Hideki Matsuyama
12:39 — David Lingmerth/Jason Dufner
12:39* —Sergio Garcia/Rickie Fowler/Robert Karlsson
12:50 — Paul Casey/Kyle Stanley/Scott Langley
12:50* — Paul Lawrie, Lee Westwood, Carl Pettersson
1:01 — Chen-Tsung Pan (a), John Huh, Charley Hoffman
1:01* — Adam Scott, Bio Kim, Bubba Watson
1:12 — Marcel Siem, George Coetzee, Jason Day
1:12* — Matt Kuchar, John Parry, Martin Laird
1:23 — Padraig Harrington, Russell Knox, Edward Loar
1:23* — Scott Stallings, David Hearn, Kevin Sutherland
1:34 — Bo Van Pelt, Geoff Ogilvy, Michael Kim (a)
1:34* — David Howell, Peter Hedblom, Martin Kaymer
1:45p — Jerry Kelly, Matt Bettencourt, Ernie Els
1:45* — Michael Weaver (a), Kevin Chappell, Josh Teater
1:56 — Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
1:56* — Steven Alker, Ailstrain Presnell, Morten Orum Madsen
2:07 — Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Matthew Goggin
2:07* — Jim Herman, Dustin Johnson, Brandt Snedeker
2:18 — Hunter Mahan, Charl Schwartzel, Nicolas Colsaerts
2:18* — John Peterson, Simon Khan, Mike Weir
2:29 — John Senden, Justin Rose, Steve Stricker
2:29* — Nicholas Thompson, Kevin Phelan (a), Matt Weibring
2:40 p.m — Luke Donald, Phil Mickelson, Billy Horschel

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