‘I’ve Been Beat Up’: Phil Mickelson Was Not Embarrassed to Admit That He Got ‘Spanked’ by Tiger Woods, After Their Famous Pairing in 2012

Published 11/22/2022, 6:30 AM EST

When thinking of the best players in golf, the two names that come up instantly are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. Both these legends are responsible for bringing the necessary fame to the sport. Moreover, the two being rivals, have had an amazing history of ups and downs together in their professional careers. However, there was a time when Mickelson explained Woods’ impact on his game.

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Phil Mickelson admitted getting ‘beat up’ by Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods is one of the most successful players that has ever played on course. The 15-time major winner is responsible for making golf a globally loved sport due to his performance in any given tournament. However, Mickelson has worked equally hard to polish his golfing skills and make a name for himself.

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)

But the golfer has been very thankful to Tiger Woods for bringing the best out of him on the field. Mickelson often talks about how Woods is the reason that every other golfer, including Lefty, had to push their limits. And that is why Mickelson thinks he has been able to play his “best golf”.

He also admitted in 2012 how he was “beat up” for a long time before he could actually reach his potential. “Although he brings out the best in me, it’s only been the last five years. Before, I got spanked pretty good.” Mickelson said“So let’s not forget the big picture here, I’ve been beat up.” Mickelson also said that playing along with Woods helps him learn and understand various aspects of the game. “I’ve played some of my best golf playing with him. And I really enjoy it,” he said.

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Mickelson explained how he had benefited from Woods

The golfer has been very vocal about how Woods has left a great impact on his game throughout the years. And during his comments about what Woods had done for the game of golf, he admitted how he benefited from the player the most. Mickelson said“I don’t think anybody has benefited more from what he’s done for the game than myself”. He also said that he was very appreciative of what Woods had meant for golf since the beginning of his career.

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

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have had a longtime rivalry in the past. But despite all their difference, the two have stood beside each other during hard and challenging times.

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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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