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2012 U.S. Open: Tiger Woods Doesn't Plan On Talking To His Partners

While much of the viewing public will undoubtedly be talking about the superstar pairing of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson at the 2012 U.S. Open (which begins play on Thursday), Woods has no desire to talk with his competitors.

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."

According to Woods, playing with Mickelson and Watson will have no impact on his focus.

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

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