We have a feast of story lines heading into this year’s U.S. Open at Torrey Pines: Brooks Koepka vs. Bryson DeChambeau; the wondrous novelty of “defending major champion Phil Mickelson,” who’s back in his hometown playing on a course with which he has ample familiarity; the return of tournament favorite Jon Rahm from the coronavirus, which robbed him of a win at the Memorial earlier this month; and the continued absence of Tiger Woods, still recovering from injuries suffered in a February car crash.

Here’s what to know.

All times Eastern.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who’s in the U.S. Open field?
  • Is Rickie Fowler in the U.S. Open field?
  • Who is the defending U.S. Open champion?
  • What is the South Course at Torrey Pines like?
  • How can I watch the U.S. Open on TV?
  • How can I stream the U.S. Open?

Who’s in the U.S. Open field?

It’s your usual field for a golf major: recent U.S. Open and major winners, the top 10 and ties from last year’s U.S. Open, recent PGA Tour and European Tour winners, golfers who qualified for last year’s Tour Championship, the top 60 golfers in the world rankings and recent amateur champions.

The rest of the entries are reserved for nonexempt players who qualify through regional qualifying tournaments. This year, that’s 54 golfers.

Is Rickie Fowler in the U.S. Open field?

Fowler, a five-time PGA Tour winner and former world No. 4, will miss the U.S. Open for the first time in 11 years. After a tough start to the season, Fowler failed to reach the requisite top-60 status, and his attempt at qualifying came up just short. Fowler needed an exemption to participate in May’s PGA Championship, where he finished tied for eighth.

Who is the defending U.S. Open champion?

DeChambeau ran away from the field at the most recent U.S. Open last fall for his first major title, winning by six strokes and finishing as the only golfer under par at Winged Foot, but he has failed to make the cut in two professional appearances at Torrey Pines, site of this year’s tournament.

But he famously has added lots of bulk since his last appearance there three years ago while also becoming the most polarizing figure in golf, and his rivalry with Koepka, a two-time winner of this event, will be a fascinating sideshow to four days of elite golf.

What is the South Course at Torrey Pines like?

The South Course at Torrey Pines in San Diego is one of the PGA Tour’s longest-standing stops, having hosted what is now called the Farmers Insurance Open since 1968. It also hosted a memorable U.S. Open in 2008, when an injured Tiger Woods beat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole Monday playoff for his final major title until his 2019 Masters triumph.

Woods has won seven times at Torrey Pines. Mickelson, fresh off his PGA Championship win and a U.S. Open victory away from the career Grand Slam, has won three times at his hometown course. But Mickelson hasn’t won there since 2001, the last year before the course was substantially redesigned by Rees Jones, the “Open Doctor” who renovated it again in 2019. Mickelson has struggled mightily there in recent years: In his past seven Farmers Insurance Open appearances, he has three missed cuts, one withdrawal because of a bad back and no finish better than a tie for 14th. He tied for 53rd at the tournament in January, which was won by Patrick Reed.

Jones added length and danger to the seaside course, with more landing-zone and greenside bunkers and elevated putting complexes abutting the canyons that run through the course. Straighter hitters off the tee — Mickelson’s trademark failing — will be rewarded on a course that is nearly free of doglegs.

It wouldn’t be a U.S. Open without diabolical rough, and it wouldn’t be a U.S. Open without videos of professionals trying to blast out of said diabolical rough during practice rounds. Here’s Xander Schauffele from last week:

It should be noted that the Farmers is contested on two courses at Torrey Pines, the North and South. The U.S. Open only will be played on the South course.

How can I watch the U.S. Open on TV?

Thursday: 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m., Golf Channel; 7 p.m.-10 p.m., NBC.

Friday: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10 p.m., Golf Channel; 6 p.m.-9 p.m., NBC.

Saturday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., NBC.

Sunday: 10 a.m.-noon, Golf Channel; noon-8 p.m., NBC.

How can I stream the U.S. Open?

Thursday-Friday: 9:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.-11 p.m., Peacock (which is offering golf coverage free this week; sign up here).

Featured groups and featured holes (Nos. 11, 12 and 13) also will be streamed at Peacock and at USOpen.com.

What is the U.S. Open cut?

Unlike a regular PGA Tour event, in which the top 65 and ties make the cut, or the Masters, where it’s the top 50 and ties, the top 60 and ties make the cut at the U.S. Open.

What are the U.S. Open tee times?

Group
Thursday tee time
Friday tee time
9:45 a.m.
3:30 p.m.
9:45 a.m.
3:30 p.m.
9:56 a.m.
3:41 p.m.
9:56 a.m.
3:41 p.m.
10:07 a.m.
3:52 p.m.
10:07 a.m.
3:52 p.m.
10:18 a.m.
4:03 p.m.
10:18 a.m.
4:03 p.m.
10:29 a.m.
4:14 p.m.
10:29 a.m.
4:14 p.m.
10:40 a.m.
4:25 p.m.
10:40 a.m.
4:25 p.m.
10:51 a.m.
4:36 p.m.
10:51 a.m.
4:36 p.m.
11:02 a.m.
4:47 p.m.
11:02 a.m.
4:47 p.m.
11:13 a.m.
4:58 p.m.
11:13 a.m.
4:58 p.m.
11:24 a.m.
5:09 p.m.
11:24 a.m.
5:09 p.m.
11:35 a.m.
5:20 p.m.
11:35 a.m.
5:20 p.m.
11:46 a.m.
5:31 p.m.
11:46 a.m.
5:31 p.m.
11:57 a.m.
5:42 p.m.
11:57 a.m.
5:42 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
9:45 a.m.
3:30 p.m.
9:45 a.m.
3:41 p.m.
9:56 a.m.
3:41 p.m.
9:56 a.m.
3:52 p.m.
10:07 a.m.
3:52 p.m.
10:07 a.m.
4:03 p.m.
10:18 a.m.
4:03 p.m.
10:18 a.m.
4:14 p.m.
10:29 a.m.
4:14 p.m.
10:29 a.m.
Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia, Bubba Watson
4:25 p.m.
10:40 a.m.
4:25 p.m.
10:40 a.m.
4:36 p.m.
10:51 a.m.
4:36 p.m.
10:51 a.m.
4:47 p.m.
11:02 a.m.
4:47 p.m.
11:02 a.m.
4:58 p.m.
11:13 a.m.
4:58 p.m.
11:13 a.m.
5:09 p.m.
11:24 a.m.
5:09 p.m.
11:24 a.m.
5:20 p.m.
11:35 a.m.
5:20 p.m.
11:35 a.m.
5:31 p.m.
11:46 a.m.
5:31 p.m.
11:46 a.m.
5:42 p.m.
11:57 a.m.
5:42 p.m.
11:57 a.m.

*Group starts on No. 10 tee Thursday and No. 1 tee on Friday; (a)-amateur.

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