2012 U.S. Open Golf: Martin Laird Grouped With Ben Crane And Anders Hansen

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 18: Golf fans watch as Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 11th hole during the third round of the 111th U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club on June 18, 2011 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

The 2012 US Open is almost here.

Preparations are intensifying at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, CA, which is the host of this year's U.S. Open. Much of the early-tournament attention figures to be heaped on the star-studded grouping of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson; but there's plenty of other groups to keep an eye on over the first two days. Rory McIlroy's group, which includes Lee Westwood and Luke Donald, is one of them.

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Colorado State alum Martin Laird will begin his tournament on Thursday, June 14, at 3:13 p.m. MT. Laird will be playing the first two rounds with Ben Crane and Anders Hansen.

Here's a glance at the TV schedule:

Round 1 (June 14) TV Coverage:

10:00 a.m. MT - 1:00 p.m. MT (ESPN)
1:00 p.m. MT - 3:00 p.m. MT (NBC)
3:00 p.m. MT - 8:00 p.m. MT (ESPN)

Round 2 (June 15) TV Coverage:

10:00 a.m. MT - 1:00 p.m. MT (ESPN)
1:00 p.m. MT - 3:00 p.m. MT (NBC)
3:00 p.m. MT - 8:00 p.m. MT (ESPN)

Round 3 (June 16) TV Coverage:

2:00 p.m. MT - 8:00 p.m. MT (NBC)

Round 4 (June 17) TV Coverage:

2:00 p.m. MT - 8:00 p.m. MT (NBC)

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