Players Championship: Phil Mickelson wants 'high stakes' match with Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will tee it up together at TPC Sawgrass

The last time Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were in the same group at THE PLAYERS Championship was the third round in 2001, when Woods made his "better-than-most" putt at No. 17 on the way to victory.

"First of all, big picture", Woods said as his smile widened. Mickelson reasoned. "Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do".

May 6, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tiger Woods during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club.

Woods was such a driven player in his prime - a stretch of 15 years - that his singular focus on winning tournaments - winning majors - created a certain distance for many. "And now it's OK".

In fact, Mickelson is so excited that he told reporters that instead of going through the tournament, he'd prefer to just go head-to-head with Woods.

Mainly because of Woods, Mickelson has never been PGA Tour player of the year, has never been No. 1 in the world and has never won the money title.

For the better part of 20 years, Woods and Mickelson were the face of golf.

On Tuesday, Mickelson added a playful touch to the proceedings.




Among them, according to Woods, were chipping tips from Mickelson when Woods was dealing with the yips in early 2015. He's playing well just not quite finishing off - but he knows how to win.

"But now we're both later in our careers". We have always looked at each other and said, where is he on the board.

"I'm very pleased with the way I'm swinging", he said. South Korea's Kim Si-woo is the defending champion at the Players, which moves from May to March next year as the PGA Championship moves from August to May.

Woods is 42 with two children. "It was the most remarkable golf in the history of the game, and I think unrepeatable". "People, in conversation with other people, players with other players, it's come out dozens of times how dominant he was, how good he was".

"I look at 2000 as being kind of the benchmark at the U.S. Open as being the greatest golf I've ever witnessed, and I believe ever has been played. And it sucked to have to play against him". - If the Tuesday trash talk has been any indication, this Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson pairing at The Players Championship deserves to be a mic'd up, pay-per view event.

"We don't really get paired together", Woods said.

Before that, we will get the privilege of watching both men striding side by side at Sawgrass tomorrow and Friday, at a time in life where they retain enough of the magic to suggest there are one or two golden days still ahead. 'Let's play for whatever makes him feel uncomfortable, ' he said. "We always have", Woods said.

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