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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Doesn't Plan To Play Nice With Partners

When the 2012 U.S. Open begins on Thursday at the Olympic Club, the course will be buzzing about the superstar pairing amongst Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson that will be teeing off at 10:33 a.m., ET on tee No. 9. While everyone else will be talking about the group, Woods has no interest in it. In fact, he doesn't plan on talking to his partners at all.

Via SB Nation's golf contributor Emily Kay:

"I don't think we're going to talk about a lot," Woods told reporters Tuesday about the marquee U.S. Open threesome that will reunite him with former Ryder Cup teammates Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson for the first two rounds. "This is a major championship. We've got work to do."

Woods suggested he would put blinders on for the "long grind" that is the hallmark of any U.S. Open.

"It's such a test, playing in this championship," he said. "I think this is one of those championships that I think the guys talk the least to one another because it's so difficult."

For Woods, there is no extra incentive added considering who he will be playing with. He is only focused on the task at hand.

"Any extra motivation? No," he said. "I'm just trying to get out there and position myself for Sunday."

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