Bubba says he'll learn a thing or two from Tiger, Phil

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SAN FRANCISCO – Make no mistake, Bubba Watson will be trying to outplay Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in his grouping Thursday and Friday at the U.S. Open, but he’ll be getting an education, too.

“Well, one has won 70 odd times, and the other has won 40 times,” said Watson, who broke through to win The Masters in April. “Obviously, it's going to be a little different. No intimidation, though. I've played with those guys before. Know them, good friends.

“I’m not really looking over at who it is, but, obviously, at the end of the week, or the end of my couple of days of playing with them, you look back and you learn from them. You watch how they handle their situation. You wonder how they handle a bad lie. You learn from two legends of the game.”

Watson goes off the ninth tee at 10:33 a.m. ET Thursday with Woods and Mickelson.

Watson missed the cut in his last start at The Memorial. It was just his second start since winning The Masters. In five U.S. Opens, Watson’s best finish is a tie for fifth at Oakmont in 2007 when Angel Cabrera won.