The golf world is already engulfed in the story lines surrounding this year’s Masters, especially the ones that have to deal with the reemerging stars. And now two of the biggest figures coming back to the Masters just made more noise.
There has obviously been a lot of intrigue around Tiger Woods since he has reinvented himself into the phenom that we’re used to seeing. There’s also been a lot of hype around Phil Mickelson especially since putting a victory under his belt this season for the first time in several years. Well the two future hall-of-famers decided to add more intrigue to their stories this week after teaming up for a practice round on Tuesday.
The former number one and number two golfers in the world agreed to team up for a quick round against Thomas Pieters and Fred Couples. If you’re thinking that this may be a mismatch, you’re not the only one. Pieters decided to hit the driving range extra early to be ready for the friendly nine holes and Couples even remarked that he thought about just sitting back and watching those two duke it out.
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Despite the rumors of a rocky relationship in the past, Mickelson and Woods seemed to put that to bed this week. “Tiger and I have been good friends and have gotten along very well in these team events for many years now,” Mickelson said. “Just because it doesn’t get reported or shown, is irrelevant. We’ve worked very well in these team events, and to share in our success has been really fun for us.”
Tiger also weighed in, saying he believes the media blew their relationship way out of proportion.
While it was a private match up, there were a few instances that the foursome could be seen playing the back nine at Augusta. And the Tiger Tracker was still able to keep track of his stats, stating the Woods-Mickelson dream team beat Couples and Pieters easily. It also noted that Tiger eagled both par fives on the back nine, adding to the hype that he’s building up for the real tournament.
Now that both golfers are older and wiser, we’d love to see them do dual events like this more often. But when it comes to the Green Jacket this weekend, it will be every man for himself.
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