McIlroy and Woods played together the first two days are paired again for Round 3. (Kinnaird/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
ARDMORE, Pa. -- Pairings are out for the third round of the U.S. Open, where 73 players made the cut at 8 over or better. Players will go off in threesomes off both tees, Nos. 1 and 11, between 12:28 p.m. ET and 2:40 p.m.
Phil Mickelson, Billy Horschel and Luke Donald will play in the day's final group. Mickelson and Horschel share the lead at 1 under, while Donald is one of three players a stroke back.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy will play together for the third straight day. It the first time the two have been paired together in either of the last two rounds at a major.
The top two players in the world will be joined by Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and will tee off on No. 1 at 1:56 p.m. ET.
MORE AFTERNOON PLAYERS TO WATCH (all times ET)
Adam Scott, Bubba Watson (1:01 p.m.): Scott was tied for the lead at one point in the first round. When he returned the next day to resume play, however, he played his final seven holes in 5 over. He and Watson were fortunate to make the cut aftershooting 75 and 76, respectively, in the second round.
Lee Westwood (12:50 p.m.): The 40-year-old Brit was in good form, opening with a 70, before imploding in the second round with seven bogeys and one double bogey en route to a 77.
Webb Simpson (12:28 p.m.): No player has ever successfully defended at the U.S. Open and it will be tough for Simpson to do so after a second-round 75 leaves him at 6 over with two rounds to play.
Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia (12:39 p.m.): Fowler stumbled with a 76in the second round thanks in part to a string of three straight bogeys at one point. Garcia has been consistent at least, shooting two straight 73s.
Ernie Els (1:45 p.m.): The reigning British Open champ is in position to make a run at a third career U.S. Open title after playing his first two rounds in 3 over, which leaves him just four strokes off the lead.
Charl Schwartzel, Hunter Mahan (2:18 p.m.): Both players are just two back entering the third round, and Mahan was one of just five players to break par in the second round with a 69.
Justin Rose, Steve Stricker (2:29 p.m.): Rose and Stricker each broke par in the second round too, with both shooting 69.