Tuesday, June 12

Why Phil Loves a Tiger Tee Time

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.


Anonymous said...

I really don't like this pairing,for 1 most golf fans at Olympic are going to be short changed.the "congestion" of people around this group is going to be unbelievable.

And 2ND,The other players are going to feel the pinch with folks moving around after this group leaves the greens.

The Golf media is loving this cuz they can just focus their attention on this group & "winging it" reporting about the other groupings.

And as usual....these groupings usually don't live up to the hype,unless it's Sunday.

Daniel Adams said...

I think this Tiger and Phil match up is great, but what I really like is Bubba in the mix. I have liked how Bubba plays since he started. He never hits the ball straight, working it with every shot. I think this threesome is one of or perhaps the best in the golf world right now. I wish the best of luck to all three of them!