Tiger Woods at his best played the greatest golf of all time, insists Phil Mickelson

PHIL MICKELSON has been telling golf’s younger weapons the type of play Tiger Woods produced the final time they played collectively at Sawgrass needed to be seen to be believed.

The previous sparring companions will go face to face at the Gamers Championship tomorrow and Friday, for the first time since 2001, when Woods was on his method to the Tiger Slam.

 Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson's frosty relationship has thawed in recent years

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson's frosty relationship has thawed in recent times

And Mickelson, forty seven, stated no-one – earlier than or since – has produced the similar degree of golf as Woods did again then, particularly when he gained the 2000 US Open at Pebble Seashore by 15 photographs to launch his all-conquering spree.

Woods additionally gained the 2001 Gamers a number of weeks earlier than finishing the Tiger Slam at Augusta, and Mickelson stated: “I don't assume anyone today who wasn't there that witnessed it – and I don't assume anyone earlier than – will ever see that degree of play once more.

“It was the most exceptional golf in the historical past of the recreation. And I feel it’s unrepeatable. It was that good. I look at the 2000 US Open as being the benchmark, as the greatest golf I've ever witnessed, and I consider ever has been played.

“And it sucked to need to play towards him. It actually did. You look at it, and also you say how am I going to beat this?

 Tiger Woods with his signature look back in 2001

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Tiger Woods with his signature look again in 2001
 Tiger Woods with the 2001 Players trophy

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Tiger Woods with the 2001 Gamers trophy

“There was a stretch there of a quantity of years that it was so spectacular that it was exhausting to think about that it was truly occurring, that he was hitting some of the photographs that he was hitting and enjoying that properly.

“The blokes today look again, they usually say, come on, how a lot better might he have been and so forth. It simply goes to point out you that they weren't there to witness it. To allow them to’t absolutely respect simply how extraordinary his golf was.

“My document towards him additionally used to suck, nevertheless it’s gotten higher over the years. And I really like the proven fact that we’ve been paired collectively once more. It hasn’t occurred anyplace on Thursday-Friday for about 4 years.

“Now that it’s occurred, it’s cool to select up the native newspaper and see it on the entrance web page. I assume that exhibits how a lot curiosity it has created. It’s going to be rather a lot of enjoyable, and hopefully it can add one thing to the event.

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The previous world No 1 is on the lookout for his first win of the season

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Woods, forty two, admitted he seems to be again at the highlights of that run to attempt to encourage him to extra success – particularly as he has now gone 5 years with no win, and ten with out including to his 14 Majors.

He stated: “I do return and look at these tournaments, as a result of I used to be on a reasonably good run. I held all foru Majors, the Pklayers, and two World Golf Champion ship trophies, so I had gained fairly kcuh each huge evernt we play.

“And my degree of play was like that not only for one yr, however for an extended interval of time. I played properly, I fought properly, I putted nicely – I did every thing properly. And that’s what I’m making an attempt to get again to.”

Mickelson prompt a “excessive stakes” battle between the two would even be an enormous draw – and Woods added: “Yeah. That may be cool – we should always play for no matter would make him really feel uncomfortable!

“I really like enjoying towards Phil, as a result of it hasn’t occurred typically sufficient. However our relationship had grown over the years to the stage the place we go in for lots of banter, the place we wish to needle one another.

“We spent so much of years as the primary and quantity two gamers in the world, and we’ve had some nice battle. It’s all the time enjoyable competing with him.”

PHIL MICKELSON has been telling golf’s younger weapons the type of play Tiger Woods produced the final time they played collectively at Sawgrass needed to be seen to be believed.

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