The most notable incident involved Fred Par, Thomas Pieters and …. Phil Mickelson.whatever happens the rest of the week could come on Tuesday. Woods will play a practice round with
Long-regarded rivals, especially at Augusta National, Big Cat will apparently get involved in one of Lefty’s Tuesday money games and understanding of it perhaps happened much earlier than Monday. That was exactly when we found out. Here’s ESPN about what couples told reporters after a training round with Woods on Monday.
The pair also revealed he will be part of a training round Tuesday morning with Woods and Phil Mickelson. Thomas Pieters is also ready to join the group. “I think Thomas and I just want to sit back and watch,” the couple said.
Despite their love for each other at last year’s Presidential Cup (where Mickelson played and Woods was vice-captain), this is something very different. They are two of the best handfuls of favorites for this year’s first big and Woods’ first champions since 2015.
“Tiger and I have been good friends and have gotten along very well in these team events for many years now,” Mickelson said last fall at the Presidential Cup. “Just because it is not reported or shown is irrelevant. We have worked very well in these team events and it has been really fun for us to share in our success.”
Woods followed him up.
“I think the press has done more than it has been,” Woods said of past tensions. “We have been friends for a very long time. We have come very close to being on these teams. We have played against each other a lot down the stretch and we have both had a good time.”
Now they are apparently enjoying practice rounds together in the cathedral in this sport. It only adds to my theory that a cross-generational match between Woods or Mickelson (or both!) And any of the young stars or superstars on the PGA Tour would be the greatest thing that could happen at this event.
Until then, or until we get Mickelson-Woods right Sunday afternoon, we get the next best thing. I hope the guests present on Tuesday drink it in and enjoy it all. And I can not wait to hear what these two have to say when they chat with the media on Tuesday afternoon.