‘I Am Inspired Playing With Him’: Phil Mickelson Once Spoke Beautiful Words for Arch Rival Tiger Woods

Published 08/07/2022, 8:30 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 20: (L-R) Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods shake hands during a press conference before The Match at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for The Match)

Phil Mickelson is one of the most controversial golfers of all time. The six-time major champion has set many records on the field. But even the best sportsmen need to make changes as they go to improve their game. Similarly, Mickelson once shared his learnings after working with a sports psychologist. He also shared his experience playing with Tiger Woods.

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Phil Mickelson talks about his experience playing with Tiger Woods

Phil Mickelson was in a post-tournament press conference at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. When asked about his experience playing with Woods, he said, “I am inspired playing with him. I think most people are, but I think he brings out the best in me. Over the last four or five years, I’ve played some of my best golf playing with him. And I really enjoy it. Although he brings out the best in me, it’s only been the last five years.” he added.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are all set to compete in the PGA Championship 2022 | Courtesy: Getty Images

Mickelson also shared that he had been lazy in his head over the last few years. He shared that he wasn’t able to focus on every shot he played. Mickelson is older than Tiger Woods but has always said that he has so much to learn from the 15-time major winner.

Mickelson praises Woods’ talent

Tiger Woods has gone through a lot of mental and physical challenges in the past few years. He seemed a bit exhausted during his rounds with Mickelson at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. But Mickelson knew just the right words to say about Woods. “I know that it’s not easy to go through something like that because I’ve been through it. But it can change in one week. Watching him play today, it’s going to change in one week.” Mickelson said.

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He also gave credit for the betterment of his skills to Woods. He said, “I just am very appreciative of what he’s meant to the game of golf over the years and I’ve said in the past I don’t think anybody has benefited more from what he’s done for the game than myself”.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Entered PGA Championship 2022

Woods and Mickelson are not as close as they were a long time ago. The two have grown apart over the years and after Mickelson joined the LIV Golf league, it’s tough to imagine Woods supporting Mickelson. Tiger Woods also condemned Mickelson for his controversial statements against the PGA Tour. Only time will tell if the two legends would ever become friends again.

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Joydeep Singh

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Joydeep Singh is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor's degree in Business Management, he possesses a writing experience of more than four years now. Having picked up on following golf for quite some time now, his favorite is the legendary Tiger Woods, whose games he just does not miss.

Edited By: Manaal Siddiqui

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