2013 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott paired together

Tiger Woods (right) tosses his water bottle to his caddy as he walks with Rory McIlroy down the fairway at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral Golf Club. (Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports)

Tiger Woods (right) tosses his water bottle to his caddy as he walks with Rory McIlroy down the fairway at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral Golf Club. (Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports)

Quick, off the top of your head, how many golfers can you name without reaching for your smartphone?

Most of the world has Tiger Woods, of course, while the Scottish Rory McIlroy is the Tour’s (and Nike’s) new young gunner. Then there is Adam Scott, the first Australian to ever win the Masters and probably the best-looking fella in the game at the moment. Phil Mickelson and Sergio “Foot-in-mouth” Garcia probably round out the top five for those who do not pay regular attention to golf.

Well, the first pairing for the upcoming 2013 US Open has been released, and Tiger, Rory and Scott have been paired together. This, luckily for the casual fans out there, makes things easy on us while also providing the sports media with storylines galore.

For starters, Scott’s current caddie, Steve Williams, was Tiger’s old caddie, back when Woods could do no wrong and could practically do no losing.

Announcers will talk ad-nauseum about Nike’s two main guys in Woods and McIlroy. They will bring up the fact that Scott’s long putter will be illegal in 2016. If Rory struggles, they will wonder aloud if he should actually be considered a star in the first place, and the entire world will be waiting to see how Tiger performs in his red shirt on Sunday.

Yes, there will be plenty to be talked about, analyzed and debated as the Major tournament approaches. However, McIlroy seems to be taking more of a lighter approach to the grouping.

Yes, Rory, it’s a pretty decent group, indeed.

[H/T: CBS Sports]

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