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Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods grouped together at US Open with attention on expected apology from Sergio Garcia

Updated: Friday, 07 Jun 2013 16:50 | Comments

Sergio Garcia's comments about Tiger Woods caused a stir last month
Sergio Garcia's comments about Tiger Woods caused a stir last month

Rory McIlroy will play alongside Tiger Woods and Masters champion Adam Scott for the opening two rounds of the US Open at Merion.

Padraig Harrington will have Sergio Garcia and Stewart Cink for company over the first 36 holes of the second major of the season.

Garcia escaped punishment for what could be construed as a racist remark about Tiger Woods after offering an unreserved apology for his "stupid and out of place" comments at the European Tour's annual awards ceremony ahead of the BMW PGA Championship last month.

During a Q&A session involving the full Ryder Cup team, the 33-year-old was asked if he would invite Woods to dinner one night at Merion next month to settle their differences, which resurfaced at the Players Championship at Sawgrass.

"We will have him round every night," Garcia said. "We will serve fried chicken."

After finishing 19th at Wentworth, Garcia said he had been asked to wait until Merion to apologise in person to Woods, who said last week: "It's already done with. It's time to move on."

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