Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Phil Mickelson says Tiger Woods' golfing prime will be 'unrepeatable'

Phil Mickelson says Tiger Woods' golfing prime will be 'unrepeatable'

In posting his second win of the season, the Australian was only two fairways better than Woods and a dismal 6/14 on Sunday.

McIlroy had hoped that a strong performance at Quail Hollow - a happy hunting ground in his career, with two tournament wins in the Wells Fargo (in 2010 and 2015) - would act as a springboard going into The Players, on a course at TPC Sawgrass that historically has bettered him.

The last time Woods and Mickelson were in the same group was the first two rounds of the 2014 PGA Championship, where the PGA of America determines the groupings. "But we'll see if I can go ahead and get some mentions in there and maybe make myself talked about by week's end".

"How many times have we won on tour?" he said. We're at the tail end of our careers, we both know that.

"I think we are really seeing a changing of the guard, you look at the old perennial guys who were favourites in majors and great Ryder Cup players, two on your side in Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer, they're down to number 100 and number 98 in the world".

Sounds like we got ourselves a reboot of "Shell's Wonderful World of Golf" waiting in the wings. "And I think it's just age as well". "I said, 'Yeah, you and I have the same philosophy in how we approach chipping and how we do it".

Didi Gregorius (head) out of Yankees' lineup on Saturday
Gray, who lowered his ERA to a still unsightly 6.00, needed just 22 pitches to get through the first two innings. Still, Gray and the Yankees trailed 1-0 after Gray surrendered a two-out homer to Francisco Lindor in the fifth.

Fun was not a word that Woods often used to describe anything but winning in his heyday. Following that campaign, Woods suffered a number of major injuries and underwent multiple back surgeries, keeping him from competing in all but a relative handful of events and prompting widespread speculation that he might never again contend for a tournament title. It really did. You look at it and say, 'How am going to going to beat this?' There was a stretch there for a numbers of years that it was so impressive that it was hard to imagine that it was actually happening, that he was hitting some of the shots that he was hitting and playing that well.

"I'm very pleased with the way I'm swinging", he said. "You have to play well here".

We've all said it to ourselves at some point on the golf course. "You've got to give time to people and sometimes you don't get a lot of time to yourself", he stated. He made three bogeys and no birdies. Among them was Justin Thomas, who won the FedEx Cup championship past year. But on Sunday, he did something he hasn't done in four years - and it wasn't a positive. Woods' average round is 69.41 to Mickelson's 69.66.

'On the U.S. side, Brandt Snedeker and Jimmy Walker are two guys who have been ill and injured and aren't playing as well as they used to, so I think there are a whole new breed of players coming. He was there, for example, when Woods rolled in his "better than most" putt on No. 17 at the 2001 Players.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson played a practice round together before April's Masters tournament.

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