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How will Tiger Woods and former caddie Steve Williams get along on Thursday and Friday.
When it comes to captivating storylines, the 2013 U.S. Open is simply dripping with them, and the most captivating ones include several of the world's finest players. Here are five that warrant watching come Thursday.
Can Tiger Woods win his 15th major?—Simply put, this question will be the most asked heading into every major played until the world No. 1 actually accomplishes the feat.
Woods is the favorite yet again, and the layout does set up nicely for Tiger. If Woods plays well, this storyline will survive until late Sunday. If he tanks early, it changes to "why can't Woods win a major?"
Will Tiger Woods and Steve Williams hug it out?—We all know that isn't going to happen, but it's going to be interesting to watch these former partners and friends interact during the first two rounds of the U.S. Open.
Tiger fired Williams almost two years ago, and since then, Williams, who works for Adam Scott, has taken every opportunity to tweak his former friend. Woods has avoided the bait, but you know he's not at all thrilled with his former caddie.
The return of Sergio Garcia from "fried chicken" witness protection—Sergio Garcia makes his first stateside start since his unfortunate and racially insensitive comments about Tiger back in early May.
Pennsylvania is not New York, but there will be some difficult comments coming Garcia's way, and it will be interesting to see how the Spaniard handles the critics early on this week. Can he turn the tables at Merion by winning his first career major?
Can Phil Mickelson finally win a U.S. Open?—Fives times during his impressive career Phil Mickelson has finished second in the U.S. Open, but he still lacks a single win in the tournament he now covets the most.
This season has been a roller-coaster ride for Lefty, who won the Waste Management Phoenix Open back in February but hasn't broken through since. Merion should fit Phil's eye, so don't be surprised to see Mickelson around come Sunday afternoon.
Will Rory McIlroy turns things around at Merion?— We keep waiting for Rory McIlroy to end his slump and win a professional tournament for the first time this year, and opinions are mixed as to whether he can do it at Merion this week.
The biggest issue for McIlroy has been consistency—or more to the point, the inability to play four solid rounds of golf consecutively. To win at Merion, McIlroy has to avoid the big numbers he has seen at many events this year. The question is whether he is prepared to do that with his new Nike clubs.