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Golf Australia Express : Issue 23
“It’s only been the past five years—before, I got spanked pretty good,” Mickelson said. “Let’s not forget the big picture here. I’ve been beat up. “But the last five years, I’ve been able to get some of my best golf out when we play together.” Despite an often-frosty relationship inside (and occasionally outside) the ropes during the past decade, there now seems a professional respect evident between the two men when they speak of each other publicly. It’s an acknowledgment that they’ve helped push each other to excel, and shows a maturity we often see from the biggest rivalries when coming into their twilight years. “I just feel very inspired when I play with him,” Mickelson said speaking of Woods on Sunday. “I love playing with him, and he brings out some of my best golf.” “I hope that he continues to play better and better, and I hope that he and I have a chance to play together more in final rounds.” Of course, having just thrashed his rival by 11 shots, he would want that. And while Woods was less lavishing in his praise for Mickelson on Sunday, he was nonetheless more so than usual. “ I’ve always enjoyed playing with Phil,” Woods said. “We have always battled since the first time we went at it... head-to-head.” But in the end, when their careers are done and dusted both will be able to boast Golf Hall of Fame status, multiple major wins and dozens upon dozens of Tour victories. Only one will be able to boast dominance over the other. And that’s the one that really hurts. OTG “I got spanked pretty good.Let’s not forget the big picture here. I’ve been beat up.”