With seven Masters titles between them, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are both among the favorites at the Masters for the first time in years. That made Monday morning’s surprise practice round pairing so much more significant.
Masters patrons who headed right here to the 10th tee on Tuesday morning witnessed an Augusta National moment they won’t soon forget. Two of the biggest rivals in golf at one point, Woods and Mickelson, playing together.
Mickelson has been so impressed by Tigers’ latest comeback, he approached Woods Monday about playing with him, along with fellow Masters Champ Fred Couple and young Thomas Peiters.
“I found myself pulling so hard for him, it was unusual,” admits Mickelson. “And I find that I want him to play well, and I’m excited to see him playing so well.”
“He helped me out when I was trying to make a comeback,” Wood said. “When my body wasn’t feeling too good. Our friendship has gotten stronger over the years.”
Woods says he can’t believe what he’s been able to accomplish so far in his latest comeback after spinal fusion surgery.
“How I feel now versus then, it’s just night and day,” Woods said. “It’s just a matter of going out there, competing and playing, and posting numbers.”
Woods compared this year’s hype for him at the Masters to 2001, when earned the famous “Tiger Slam”.
A win this year may just be much more satisfying.