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Monday 23 April 2018

Woods and McIlroy ready to whip up US Open storm

Golf Karl MacGinty in Merion

TIGER WOODS expects electricity to crackle around here tomorrow, but it will have nothing to do with thunderstorms forecast for the opening day of the US Open or his rumble with Sergio Garcia.

Woods is relishing teeing it up with Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Adam Scott in a marquee group that will jam-pack grandstands on the East Course.

"I think it'll be fantastic," said Woods. "I was part of it the first time they played Nos 1, 2 and 3 together at the 2008 US Open and it was absolutely electric out there at Torrey Pines."

Playing with Scott and Phil Mickelson at Torrey helped Tiger overcome the pain of two leg fractures and a busted knee to win his most recent Major title.

"Pairings like that make it so much more enjoyable for us as players," added Woods, while McIlroy expects it'll help him hit the ground running.

"It's always exciting to be part of a group like that," he explained. "The buzz, the atmosphere gets you focused from the first shot."

Storms which have dumped more than five inches of rain on Merion have abated... but the dispute between Woods and Garcia did not, despite the latter's best efforts.

Garcia shook Tiger's hand on Tuesday, but Woods said the Spaniard didn't apologise for a racist jibe made at Wentworth last month.

"We didn't discuss anything. He came up and said hi," Woods explained. "But that's already done, we've gone through it all. Now it's time for the US Open."

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