Editor’s note: I’m at the Olympic Club in San Francisco all week for the 112th U.S. Open Championship.
PHIL AND TIGER, TIGER AND PHIL. Together again. Well, at least for the first two rounds of the 2012 U.S. Open that begins on Thursday at the Olympic Club.
Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, with Bubba Watson in tow, will go off at 10:33 a.m in round one. Here’s what Lefty said about playing with Tiger at Tuesday’s media conference.
Q. One of your best rounds of the year and one of your best rounds in a long time was the 64 the final day at Pebble. We have the glamor pairing tomorrow, you and Tiger and Bubba. It’s great for the fans. Is it good for you guys?
PHIL MICKELSON: It’s fabulous.
Q. You love it?
PHIL MICKELSON: Fabulous. I’ll tell you why. First of all, I get excited to play with Tiger, I love it. I think we all do. He gets the best out of me. I think when it’s time to tee off on Thursday I’ll be ready to play. One of the issues I’ve had this year I’ve been a little mentally lethargic on Thursday and Friday. I won’t be this week. Second is, the one player I’m most concerned about if I play my best golf that may have a chance to beat me is Tiger. And the fact that we are on the same wavelength, I’m always am in favor of. Sometimes we’ll get a huge advantage in tee times, based on weather conditions or whatnot, if we’re in the same wavelength, neither of us will have a distinct advantage.