Phil Mickelson: Tiger Played Best Golf Ever At Peak

Day takes lead at Wells Fargo Mc Ilroy and Woods adrift

Phil Mickelson is excited about the prospect of playing alongside Tiger Woods in the opening two rounds of The Players Championship and believes they will bring out the best in each other.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday, Mickelson was asked the prospects of playing with Tiger, and, somehow, the five-time major victor managed to further hype the vaunted pairing.

It was only the 11th time in more than 1,000 rounds as a professional on the PGA Tour that Woods failed to record a birdie or eagle.

"We haven't been paired together in years, and as I look at the cover of the newspaper and the pairing is on there and the excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking", Mickelson said.

Woods and Mickelson, along with Rickie Fowler, begin their Thursday round at 1:52 p.m. ET. "You've now got 20 to 25 guys that are really capable of winning and you know that nine or ten are going to play good that week".

Woods, 42, and Mickelson, 47, have combined to win 19 major championships and a total of 122 PGA Tour titles. "I'm doing better as time has gone on", Mickelson said.

The win comes after Day's victory at January's Farmers Insurance Open, his first title since the 2016 Players Championship.

While Woods' always made himself available to the media at the Players Championship in the past, it was typically a very matter-of-fact exchange, and often not a long session. Mickelson closed with a 64 to win the event by two strokes, while Woods struggled to a final-round 75 and a tie for fifth place. Although Woods' accomplishments are the stuff of legend, he and Mickelson crossed paths rarely in those prime years. I think it's nearly impossible with the quality of the field and how good these young players are, and there are more of them coming along.

"I'm very pleased with the way I'm swinging", he said.

The Australian held off the challenge of Americans Aaron Wise and Nick Watney as he fired a two-under final round of 69 to finish on 12-under for a two-stroke victory. I would never say Tiger isn't going to do anything, he's proven people wrong his whole career, but I think it's a lot more hard than it has been in the past.

"You've got to give a lot of time to a lot of people and sometimes you don't get a lot of time to yourself".

"I don't think anybody today who wasn't there that witnessed it, and I don't think anybody before, will ever see that level of play again", Mickelson said of Woods' dominance.

Throughout the duo's careers, the general consensus has been that there was some sort of animosity between them that went beyond the normal competitive fire.

First-round action gets going Thursday morning from the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in North Florida. I think that it was great to move it to May. "Hit some good drives that just ended up off the fairway, some landed in the fairway, so I wasn't disappointed with that".

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