Garcia was originally unhappy with perceived sportsmanship on the part of Woods at Sawgrass and declared that he didn’t have a lot of time for his opposite number, although it appears that some resolution has been declared.
Woods is predictably the 11/2 favourite with Coral to win this week’s US Open, with the world’s best players descending on the Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania for what should be a thrilling renewal of what is always a tough contest.
Not that Tiger has dominated the tournament in recent years, with his most recent success coming in 2008 although he has triumphed on three occasions and recent form suggests that he is the player to beat as per usual.
Woods is hoping the weather conditions are favourable so that the driver can stay in the bag and he can get the ball further with some of the other clubs.
“If it plays long, there are certain holes where you have got to get it down there,” Woods said.
“If it dries out, at the Players this year I hit a few 3-woods that were going over 300 yards because the conditions were right.
“If we get the same conditions (at Merion) where it dries out and you start running with the slopes, getting the ball to go 300 yards plus with 3-woods, that’s ample far to get to the spots you need to get to”.
There’s a big gap in the odds between Woods and the rest of the pack, with Rory McIlroy’s recent erratic form meaning that the northern Irishman can be backed at 22/1 with Paddy Power to claim his third major success.
However, one player in great form is Matt Kuchar and the American’s Memorial victory on Sunday sets him up perfectly for this tournament, even if he has never won a major in his career to date. Coral go 22/1 about Kuchar and he’s clearly on a roll.
Adam Scott is the latest man to adorn the famous Green Jacket after winning at Augusta, with the Australian now having the confidence to collect more major titles after this success. Scott has practised plenty of times at Merion in the build-up to the tournament and represents a decent each-way shout at 20/1.
Graeme McDowell has a good track record in this competition having won in 2010, while Phil Mickelson is always a player to be respected, although Brandt Snedeker could represent better value at 33/1, while Sergio Garcia is sure to get a “warm” reception from the gallery and he’s 40/1 with Paddy Power to claim victory.