Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson to be paired at Players Championship

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So it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the Players Championship made some noise earlier this week when it announced Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson - oh, and Fowler, too - will be paired together for the first two rounds this week.

The final round of the Wells Fargo Championship was a tough one for Woods.

It nearly never happens: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in the same group.

"Well, 2015 was one of those special years where Jason hit the ball unbelievably well", Woods said at the Players Championship on Tuesday. And I said, yeah, you and I have the same philosophy in how we approach chipping and how we do it.

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At the Masters last month, the two played a practice round together that drew as much fan and media attention as the final round of a tournament might. Mickelson reasoned. "Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me, but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do". "I wouldn't say it's gravy, but it's unbelievable, and I'm just so thankful to be able to have this opportunity again", he said.

He had only one birdie chance from inside 10 feet - a five-footer that he missed at the par-five 10th.

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.

"It was the most remarkable golf in the history of the game", Mickelson said Tuesday at TPC Sawgrass, where he will play with Woods and Rickie Fowler on Thursday and Friday. 'Big picture, though, who's had the most wins?' countered Tiger.

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Woods has shown no signs of the struggles this year around the greens. Woods, meanwhile, had spent a year overhauling his swing with Hank Haney and hadn't won a major since the 2002 U.S. Open.

For the better part of 20 years, Woods and Mickelson were the face of golf. It really did. You look at it and say, 'How am I going to going to beat this?' There was a stretch there for a numbers of years that it was so impressive that it was hard to imagine that it was actually happening, that he was hitting some of the shots that he was hitting and playing that well.

"I've won numerous times not playing well but (I) found a way to score and get the job done and that's what he's doing". Absolutely, and so have Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth, who also hadn't started high school or even middle school during the peak Tiger era.

This week's tournament, which begins Thursday at PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, is the last Players Championship to be contested in May. He had two top-five finishes in Masters tuneup events in March, his first contending roles in years exciting hopes for the Masters before he shared 32nd at Augusta National.

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