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Tiger's pairing pummelling by Phil not his worst

Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:46 am
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:49 pm
By Steve Elling

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Gotta admit, this came as rather surprising news.

When Phil Mickelson slaughtered Tiger Woods by 11 strokes in the final round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Sunday, blowing past the former world No. 1 like he was an unproven rookie, it wasn't even the worst head-to-head beat-down of Woods' career.

Or even of the past two years.

It was, however, the most lopsided score imbalance in a final round in Woods' considerable PGA Tour experience.

Mickelson started the final round six shots off the pace on Sunday, and after six holes, has already taken a two-stroke lead, leaving playing partner Woods and everybody else behind. For Woods, only twice before had he been whacked more brusquely by a playing partner.

Courtesy of former ABC Sports golf statistician Sal Johnson of, here are the gory details of Woods' most lopsided blowouts by a pairings mate.

Wells Fargo Championship
Second round
Paired with Angel Cabrera, who shot 67, while Tiger shot 79
12 shots


Tour Championship
First round
Paired with Vijay Singh, who shot 63, while Tiger shot 75
12 shots

Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Final round
Paired with Phil Mickelson, who shot 64, while Tiger shot 75
11 shots

PGA Championship
First round
Paired with Davis Love, who shot 68, while Tiger shot 77
9 shots


PGA Championship
First round
Paired with Vijay Singh, who shot 67, while Tiger shot 75
8 shots

Greater Milwaukee Open
Third round, paired with Woody Austin, who shot 65, while Tiger shot 73
8 shots
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