2012 U.S. Open Preview & Tee Times: Casey Martin Among Contenders

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11: Ben Crane of the United States plays his second shot on the tenth hole during the second round of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2012 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Casey Martin makes his debut, and he along with Ben Crane, Kyle Stanley and Nick Sherwood all aim to win their first U.S. Open.

There are four golfers with Pacific Northwestern ties that will be playing at the 2012 U.S. Open.

The most notable name is probably Casey Martin, who sued the PGA (and won) for the right to use a golf cart on the course. Martin went to school in Stanford, but was born and resides in Eugene and has close ties to Oregon as their current golf coach. He'll tee off at 12:45 PM this Thursday. (All times are PT)

There are three other contenders. Kyle Stanley, who went to school in Clemson, was born in Gig Harbor, WA and now resides in Gig Harbor, WA, will get going at 7:59 AM Thursday. Ben Crane was born in Portland, went to school in Oregon, now lives in Westlake, TX, and gets on the course late at 2:13 PM Thursday. Nick Sherwood went to school at Oregon State and currently lives in Albany, Oregon. The amateur gets going at 9:27 PM.

You can find more coverage of this week's tournament at usopen.com.

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