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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: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:00 pm
 

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

Sox fan there is life after Tiger but from an individual who bases his livlihood on the golf industry you couldnt be more wrong at this point! Tiger's performance and position on the leaderboard directly correlates to the viewers and interest of every tournament he is involved in. Tiger is by far the mst recognized player on tour and will be until he leaves the game. No other player commands the attention of all age demographics and especially women before they found out he was a man whore!

Until the next Tiger comes along he is still the icon of the sport and drives players and viewers to their TV's and local golf courses! good for us even though he is a scourage! 



Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:35 pm
 

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

Move on--Tiger was great--may once again become great--  but come on folks--give credit to the "new era " of greatness---   there is life after TIGER



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:44 pm
 

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

i think after reading wiseguys post that Tiger will probably retire!!! Wiseguy you truly are clueless and probably have never played the game before! Yes his putting has been STREAKY but his stroke has not disappeared. He has rebuilt his entire game, putting included! it takes time, and Augusta isnt going to be any easier for him but come back in mid season and you can eat your crow then. i am not a Tiger fan by no means but he is good for the game, in  a way players like Rory and Westwood and Donald can never be!

go back to the soceer posts where they will pay attention to your osts! 



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:57 pm
 

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

Tiger just looks tired on the course.  It really seems that he just does not have anything left to be more than an middle of the pack golfer.   Sure there will be a round or two he can put up a low score..but so can 100 other guys now.  Tigers has lost his putting stroke..and that is the toughest thing on the PGA Tour to get back.



Since: Mar 5, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:57 pm
 

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

Always enjoy how Phil deals with the limelight, media, fans, doesn't matter. Genuine good guy.



Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:27 pm
 

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

Phillyboy wants that 4th jacket.



Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:25 pm
 

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

RORY IS THE STORY!
..for now. Sort of like Baskin Robbins Flavor Of The Month.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:16 pm
 

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

maybe he went to BUD/S



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:45 pm
 

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

Heard Tiger had to chose between a practice round at Augusta with Phil or the AVA's (Adult Video Awards) in Vegas.  Smart choice Tiger! 



Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 5:41 pm
 

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

Rory will never be the story as long as Tiger is still remotely in contention.  He just lacks the kind of competitive charm and feisy look on him.  Maybe he still young but when Tiger walked on the course at about his age he's already possessed that super star demeanor.  Tiger may never be the same dominant player he once was but Rory still has a long way to go to secure that status.


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