US Open 2013 Merion Practice Rounds

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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel played holes 11-18 Wednesday morning at Merion.
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Woods, McIlroy and Masters champion Adam Scott tee off together Thursday at 1:14 p.m. ET.
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McIlroy said Tuesday he's looking forward to the marquee tee time: "Teeing off on Thursday afternoon, there's obviously going to be a lot of attention on that group and it's just nice to be a part of it."
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McIlroy has four top 10s in nine starts so far this season.
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A close look at the wicker baskets on top of the pins at Merion.
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Luke Donald has seven top 25s in eight starts this season.
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Dustin Johnson tied for 10th last week in Memphis.
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Keegan Bradley tied for 68th last year at the U.S. Open at Olympic.
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Nick Watney has missed his last two cuts heading into the U.S. Open.
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Tiger Woods, right, chatted with Arnold Palmer Tuesday at the U.S. Open. Palmer is at Merion to attend the past champions dinner.
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Tiger Woods also chatted with Phil Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay, before playing a practice round.
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Woods played a few holes with mini-Tour qualifier Jesse Smith Tuesday.
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Heavy rain on Monday turned Merion into a muddy mess.
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Sergio Garcia is playing in his first tournament in America since his controversial comments about Tiger Woods.
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Y.E. Yang got a close look at the wicker baskets, which are used instead of flags on top of the pins.
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David Toms warmed up at Merion's East Course Tuesday. Merion Golf Club has no official driving range.
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Steve Stricker is playing a limited schedule on Tour this year. He is hoping to capture his first major this week.
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A few fans had great success getting pros to autograph their official Merion U.S. Open flags.
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Bubba Watson has not won an event since his triumph at the 2012 Masters.
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U.S. Open week began Monday with more rain hampering the players ability to practice.
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Plenty of players were able to get out on the course, though, including World No. 1 Tiger Woods.
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Woods is looking for his fourth U.S. Open title, and 15th major, this week at Merion.
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He already has four victories in the 2013 season.
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It was reported that Woods also practiced at Merion on Sunday.
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He is coming off a poor showing two weeks ago at the Memorial.
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Sergio Garcia also got some practice in on Monday.
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Garcia was embroiled in controversy after making a racially insensitive comment about Woods at the BMW PGA Championship.
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Keegan Bradley is looking for his second major victory this week.
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Jim Furyk nearly won last year's Open at Olympic.
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Players were called off the course repeatedly due to severe weather.
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USGA executive director Mike Davis was on the prowl Monday doing what he could to protect the course.
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A member of the maintenance crew attempts to clear water from one of the holes.
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Fans trudge through the mud on a wet, sloppy day at Merion.
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A plaque rests in the 18th fairway commemorating Ben Hogan's one-iron approach shot at the 1950 U.S. Open.
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Countrymen Martin Kaymer and Marcel Siem posed with one of Merion's iconic wicker baskets.