The resurgence of Tiger Woods’s golf game has people reminiscing about the good ol’ days of the Masters, but there was one unusual sight Tuesday morning at Augusta National Golf Club.
Woods. And Phil Mickelson. Together. Playing nine holes, along with Thomas Pieters and Fred Couples.
In the golden days of their rivalry, this might not have been thinkable, but times change and golfers age, so that A-list group hit the 10th tee for nine holes of practice. When it was over, the partnership of Woods and Mickelson had “easily” beaten the team of Fred Couples and Thomas Pieters, according to the Golf Channel’s Tiger Tracker. The Tracker also noted that Woods “eagled both par 5s (15 feet on 13, four feet on 15).”
“It was very loud, very fun, and they hit some really good shots, wow,” Couples said later (via GolfChannel.com).
Pieters’s only comment to reporters? “Tiger was brilliant.”
Woods did not acknowledge Mickelson when they arrived at the 10th tee, raising memories of a relationship that formerly was famously frosty, but the two shook hands as they left the tee and chatted throughout the round.
Both golfers had tried to put to rest their past chill during the Presidents Cup in October. It may not be quite a bromance, but things are improving.
“Tiger and I have been good friends and have gotten along very well in these team events for many years now,” Mickelson said (via Golf.com). “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.”
Both, certainly, are older and wiser now.
“I think the press has made it out to more than what it has been,” Woods said. “We’ve been friends for a very long time. We’ve gotten very close by being on these teams. We’ve played against each other a lot down the stretch, and we have both enjoyed it.”
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