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Woods and Mickelson, always the top attraction at Torrey Pines, will be on different sides of the golf course the opening two rounds. Woods will be playing with Rickie Fowler and Nick Watney, who have their own connections to this public course along the Pacific.

Fowler grew up not too far away and made his U.S. Open debut at age 19 at Torrey Pines, where he made the cut and tied for 60th.

“It’s one of my favorite courses,” Fowler said. “It’s got the length. I like the small greens. I grew up on poa annua greens, and some guys don’t like poa annua. I do. Obviously, there’s some decent views. But it’s just a great piece of property, being close to home. It’s a special place for me.”

Woods won four straight years at Torrey Pines through 2008, a streak that ended when he didn’t play while recovering from knee surgery. Watney won that year.

Fowler hasn’t played with Woods since the Memorial last year, when they were paired in the final round. Woods got him by 17 shots that day _ he closed with a 67 to win, while Fowler staggered home to an 84.

“I was just on the sidelines watching,” Fowler said with a smile. “I enjoy playing with Tiger. There is some extra energy out there. There are a lot of fans involved, and a lot of people moving around. So between Nick and I, we’ll make for about 5 percent of the crowd out there. Tiger will take up the rest.”