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Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:02 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2012 5:26 pm
 
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson planned to play a round at Augusta earlier this week but Woods backed out at the last moment. Mickelson joked that Woods was intimidated. (Getty)

By Steve Elling

DORAL, Fla. -- Guess they'll have to settle for their battle three weeks ago at Pebble Beach.

Though it sounds hard to believe, when Phil Mickelson made his annual trip up to Augusta National earlier this week for some Masters recon, he spent his practice time solely with new running mates Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley.

That's because Tiger Woods was a no-show.

Mickelson said Wednesday at the Cadillac Championship that two marquee players had planned to play together, but it fell through.

"I guess it was the intimidation," Mickelson cracked.

Playing in the same group as Woods three weeks ago at the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, Mickelson came from six shots back in the final round, shooting 64 to win. He beat Woods by 11 strokes that day.

In fact, Mickelson was full of whistling one-liners about Woods on Wednesday. When he was asked about the 8-under 62 that Woods shot last Sunday in the final round of the Honda Classic to nearly come from behind to win, Mickelson was in prime form.

"Obviously, [Tiger] was paying attention a couple of weeks ago, which is nice to see," he said, causing laughs from many in the room.

Some in the room clearly didn’t get the reference to Pebble Beach.

"At least I thought it was funny," Mickelson said, making a hand motion above his head. "Whoosh."

Publicists for both players said after Mickelson's press conference at Doral Golf Resort & Spa that they had no personal knowledge of any plans for the two to play together at Augusta National.

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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:19 am
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

albeemacaw:
Just like B-ball is a black mans sport golf is a white mans game. Slither back under the rock you came from.
Thank you for identifying yourself.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 12:36 am
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

   With this field,Lefty, and Tiger, the Johnsons, everybody from South Afrika, and of course the second coming ( Rory Mcilroy ), the Masters is set for some fireworks. If Tiger puts a half decent front end, and middle together, and is in the Hunt, it could get really interesting.No, pure fun and entertainment. Breathtaking stuff only Tiger brings.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:12 pm
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

GB2

Either you, and-or, your friend are a lying sack of crap.


It's you that should slither back under your rock.

gb2

 

 

Owe yes the guys walks on water.   Hard to imagine him being cold to a little boy after how well he treated his wife. Wake up Barney.   Pretty pathetic that grown men drool over another man like a 6 year old little girl over an ice cream cone. Hate to shatter your fantasize lovin w/ the man but he did what I stated.




Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:52 pm
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

Ignore the scandal if you wish, the "Tiger Slam" predates 9/11, for crying out loud. Time to move on.
Lanny....


My God man, you are obsessed with Tiger hating aren't you?

Can you ever post without bashing the man?

lol......pretty sad life you lead. One in which you must hate on someone you will never meet..... let alone know.......

gb2





Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:49 pm
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

A few years back a friend of mine was in a basement hallway (where the rats are) at a hotel in the Torrey pines (San Diego) area. Woods was slithering out and was greeted by an 8 year old little boy. He practically pushed the little boy out of the way leaving him w/ a few comments that put the boy into tears.


Either you, and-or, your friend are a lying sack of crap.


It's you that should slither back under your rock.

gb2





Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:43 pm
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

FIGJAM running his mouth. So what else is new?


godiwishicould
Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:34 pm
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Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:20 pm
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

I hear this over and over, but it doesn't make sense to me....

1. Tiger Woods did a lot for the game of golf.
2. Therefore we must pretend he is not 36 years old and on the downside of his career.
3. We must downplay the exciting young golfers (cough, cough, Rory McIlroy) and cover Tiger with all the attention he got (deservedly so) in 2001.

Ignore the scandal if you wish, the "Tiger Slam" predates 9/11, for crying out loud. Time to move on.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:15 pm
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

Well over 3/4 of the people I talk w/ despise the man. And these are people that live in the Pinehurst and Malibu (Sherwood CC) areas. These are big tome golfers that are intelligent enough to look past his gulf swing and at the man. A few years back a friend of mine was in a basement hallway (where the rats are) at a hotel in the Torrey pines (San Diego) area. Woods was slithering out and was greeted by an 8 year old little boy. He practically pushed the little boy out of the way leaving him w/ a few comments that put the boy into tears. Yes he is a great guy. Nice to see the young guys kick his ass all over the links. Just like B-ball is a black mans sport golf is a white mans game. Slither back under the rock you came from.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Yes, really: Tiger, Lefty in a Masters friendly?

I suppose I dismissed this article too quickly, and for that I apologize.  The question I would like to hear answered is why the media isn't playing this up as Phil "calling out Tiger"

Know what I mean?  If Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano had joked, "I guess it was the intimidation," and "Obviously, [Tiger] was paying attention a couple of weeks ago, which is nice to see," the media would have done their typical, "Golly, gee, you don't make Tiger mad" schtick.

Why not this time?

All Gonzalo said was that Woods was "beatable," the the golf media acted like it was a deep insult.  Mickelson gives Woods the needle to the point of, at least arguably, having more of a point than mere laughter.  A mind game?  A mocking putdown?



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