Storm brewing ahead of US Open draw

First published in Sport

GRAEME STORM touched down in the United States last night ahead of his second appearance at the US Open on Thursday.

The Hartlepool golfer, who qualified at Walton Heath a fortnight ago, has been paired with young American student David Oh and German Tour player Alex Cejka.

The threesome will be going out before Sweden’s Niclas Fasth and then a string of Americans such as Joe Ogilvie, Dustin Johnson and Jim Furyk are not far behind.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Storm. “I have been playing really well and if I can get my putting together to match the rest of my game then I could do well. That’s what happened at Walton Heath and hopefully it will all come together again. I can’t wait and it’s great to be involved.”

When the action starts at Pinehurst in North Carolina, there are some exciting pairings for the second golfing major of the year.

Phil Mickelson will be playing with defending champion Justin Rose, a long term friend of Storm’s from their boys’ golf days. Top British amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick is also with them.

Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson are all featured in the US Open champions group, as will Bubba Watson, Adam Scott and Charl Schwartzel.

Full draw:

11:45/17:30 Daniel Berger, Brett Stegmaier

11:56/17:41 Marcel Siem (Ger), Brian Stuard, Andrea Pavan (Ita)

12:07/17:52 Matt Every, Roberto Castro, Matt Jones

12:18/18:03 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Jason Day (Aus), Brandt Snedeker

12:29/18:14 Henrik Stenson (Swe), Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood (Eng)

12:40/18:25 Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy (NI), Graeme McDowell (NI)

12:51/18:36 Ian Poulter (Eng), Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa), Thongchai Jaidee (Tha)

13:02/18:47 Nick Watney, Jonas Blixt (Swe), Joost Luiten (Ned)

13:13/18:58 Billy Horschel, Billy Hurley III, Robert Allenby (Aus)

13:24/19:09 Aaron Baddeley (Aus), A-Oliver Goss (Aus), Aron Price (Aus)

13:35/19:20 Tom Lewis (Eng), Justin Thomas,

13:46/19:31 A-Robby Shelton, Matthew Dobyns, Brady Watt (Aus)

13:57/19:42 Clayton Rask, A-Brian Campbell, Nicholas Mason

17:30/11:45 Garth Mulroy (SA), Steven Alker (NZ), Bobby Gates

17:41/11:56 Niclas Fasth (Swe), Kiyoshi Miyazato (Jpn), Hudson Swafford

17:52/12:07 John Senden (Aus), Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel), Brooks Koepka

18:03/12:18 Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker, Victor Dubuisson (Fra)

18:14/12:29 Stewart Cink, Justin Leonard, Y.E. Yang (Kor)

18:25/12:40 Bubba Watson, Adam Scott (Aus), Charl Schwartzel (SA)

18:36/12:51 Ernie Els (SA), Darren Clarke (NI), Louis Oosthuizen (SA)

18:47/13:02 Jason Dufner, Keegan Bradley, Martin Kaymer (Ger)

18:58/13:13 Hunter Mahan, Francesco Molinari (Ita), Jamie Donaldson (Wal)

19:09/13:24 Bo Van Pelt, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), Seung-Yul Noh (Kor)

19:20/13:35 Danny Willett (Eng), A-Cory Whitsett, Luke Guthrie

19:31/13:46 Kevin Tway, James Renner, Chris Doak (Sco)

19:42/13:57 Cody Gribble, Chris Thompson, A-Andrew Dorn

Starting at hole 10

11:45/17:30 Henrik Norlander (Swe), Lucas Bjerregaard (Den), Rob Oppenheim

11:56/17:41 Chad Collins, Kyoung-Hoon Lee (Jpn), Kevin Kisner

12:07/17:52 Erik Compton, Pablo Larrazabal (Spa), Scott Langley

12:18/18:03 Patrick Reed, Ryan Moore

12:29/18:14 Boo Weekley, D.A. Points, Stephen Gallacher (Sco)

12:40/18:25 Zach Johnson, Angel Cabrera (Arg), David Toms

12:51/18:36 Justin Rose (Eng), A-Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Phil Mickelson

13:02/18:47 Chris Kirk, Russell Henley, Brendon Todd

13:13/18:58 Jordan Spieth, Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Rickie Fowler

13:24/19:09 Kenny Perry, Jeff Maggert, Kevin Sutherland

13:35/19:20 Wen-Chong Liang (Chn), Maximilian Kieffer, Shiv Kapur (Ind)

13:46/19:31 Smylie Kaufman, A-Maverick McNealy

13:57/19:42 Anthony Broussard, A-Will Grimmer, Nicholas Lindheim

17:30/11:45 Alex Cejka (Ger), Graeme Storm (Eng), David Oh

17:41/11:56 Oliver Fisher (Eng), Casey Wittenberg, Andres Echavarria (Col)

17:52/12:07 Joe Ogilvie, Mark Wilson, Ken Duke

18:03/12:18 Jim Furyk, Steve Stricker, Bill Haas

18:14/12:29 Brendon De Jonge, Kevin Stadler, Shane Lowry (NI)

18:25/12:40 Luke Donald (Eng), Harris English, Paul Casey (Eng)

18:36/12:51 J.B. Holmes, Gary Woodland, Graham DeLaet (Can)

18:47/13:02 Retief Goosen (SA), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Lucas Glover

18:58/13:13 Hyung-Sung Kim (Kor), Toru Taniguchi (Jpn)

19:09/13:24 Ryan Palmer, Rod Pampling (Aus), Kevin Streelman

19:20/13:35 Azuma Yano (Jpn), Ryan Blaum, David Gossett

19:31/13:46 Simon Griffiths (Eng), Fran Quinn, Donald Constable

19:42/13:57 A-Hunter Stewart, Jason Millard, Zac Blair

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