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“The last couple of days have been very difficult from a preparation standpoint,” Graeme McDowell said Wednesday. “The golf course has taken a lot of rain. It seems to drain extremely well, though. It seems to flood quick and it seems to drain very quickly, but there’s no doubt, this golf course is a long course, and this little bit of rain is going to make it play a lot longer, and certainly is changing the dynamic of it.”

Woods is trying for his first major title since 2008. Scott is after his first, period.

Woods will play in a group with Martin Kaymer and defending champion Keegan Bradley. As usual, the three major champions from earlier in the year _ Bubba Watson (Masters), Webb Simpson (U.S. Open) and Els _ will play together.

Scott came so close to joining that group, but instead, he’s scheduled to tee off for the first round immediately before the trio.

By the time Sunday rolls around, nobody knows what the standings will look like _ just that they could change quickly on the back nine.

“It’s going to be exciting, for sure,” Scott said. “You just have to get out there and hit the best shots you can, and if you hit a good shot, they will be rewarded.”