Phil Mickelson is playing the first two rounds of the U.S. Open with Tiger Woods, and he can’t wait to kick Tiger’s butt.
CBS Sports relays what Phil said about playing with Tiger:
“It’s fabulous. Fabulous. I’ll tell you why. First of all, I get excited to play with Tiger. I love it. I think we all do. He gets the best out of me. I think when it’s time to tee off on Thursday, I’ll be ready to play. One of the issues I’ve had this year, I’ve been a little mentally lethargic on Thursday and Friday. I won’t be this week.
Second is, the one player I’m most concerned about if I play my best golf that may have a chance to beat me is Tiger. And the fact that we are on the same wavelength, I’m always in favour of. Sometimes we’ll get a huge advantage in tee times, based on weather conditions or whatnot, if we’re in the same wavelength, neither of us will have a distinct advantage.”
There was a time when Tiger owned Phil. That time is long gone. Phil has been in control of head to head match ups lately, as evidenced by the way he clobbered Tiger at Pebble Beach earlier this year.
Having Tiger in his group will give us the best Phil has to offer. Unfortunately for him, the Olympic Club in San Francisco where the U.S. Open is being played is not a good course for Phil. He’s a bit erratic off the tee and that won’t work. So, we don’t actually expect much from him.
Still, Tiger versus Phil is always fabulous drama.
They go out with Bubba Watson at 10:33 AM eastern on Thursday, tune in here for live coverage.
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