Scott downplays Woods-Williams grouping


ARDMORE, Pa. – When the opening round of the U.S. Open begins Thursday, it will mark the first time that Tiger Woods and former caddie Steve Williams will be in the same group at a major championship since winning 13 of them together.

When asked about the dynamic, Adam Scott – Williams’ current employer – downplayed any further animosity within the group because of past history.

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“It will be a fun week, absolutely, some energy and electricity – playing with him at any time, there always is,” the recent Masters champion said. “And given the hype around this grouping and being a major, it's going to be an intense couple of days.

“But essentially that's what we're playing for. That's a pairing you'd hope for on Sunday, also, because if you don't enjoy that kind of stuff it's going to be tough for you to have success out here because at some point if you're playing well and winning a tournament you're going to have to try and beat him. And that's what you want to be out here for. That's why you spend the hours and test yourself.”

Woods and Scott will be joined by Rory McIlroy in a group featuring the world’s three top-ranked players. They will tee off at 1:14 p.m. Thursday. Click here for full tee times.