Steve Williams and Tiger Woods used to be in sync. (Lynne Sladky / AP)


Woods and McIlroy at the Memorial. (Jay LaPrete / AP) Woods and McIlroy at the Memorial. (Jay LaPrete / AP)

As if the prospect of having Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia playing in the same tournament for the first time since their contretemps during and after the Players Championship weren’t juicy enough, now there’s this in the U.S. Open: Woods will play in a group that features his former caddie, Steve Williams.

It’s customary for the top three golfers to play the first two rounds together, which means that Williams and his boss, Masters champion and No. 3 golfer Adam Scott, will join Woods, the No. 1 player, and Rory McIlroy for the first and second rounds Thursday and Friday at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

Getcher popcorn.

Woods, McIlroy and Scott will tee off at 1:14 p.m. EDT on Thursday and at 7:44 a.m. on Friday. Woods and Williams parted less than amicably in July 2011. After Scott won the Bridgestone Invitational that year, Williams famously said he’d “never had a bigger win” — a shot at Woods and his many, many major wins (13 of his 14 majors) with Williams on the bag.

And Garcia? He’ll tee off at 7:44 a.m. Thursday.

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