Phil Mickelson on Tiger Woods in 2018: ‘He Doesn’t Get Credit for His Smack-Talking, He Does It Under the Breath’

Published 01/02/2022, 1:55 PM EST
AKRON, OH – AUGUST 01: Phil Mickelson (L) and Tiger Woods smile during a practice round prior to the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 1, 2018 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)


Tiger Eldrick Woods is presumably one of the best players of all time. He is a 15-time major championship winner and equaled the record of Sam Snead for most PGA Tour wins.

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Woods and Mickelson were one of the fiercest rivals for a long period of time. However, the rivalry seems to be ended between the two, but the trash talk is still there. The two counterparts always love to play against each other have enjoyed friendly banter.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 23: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson look on prior to The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images for The Match)

Tiger Woods is a smack talker

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson played an exhibition match against each other on November 23rd, 2018. The total prize money for the exhibition match was $9 million and all the money was donated to a charity. The exhibition match took place on Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas. Phil was one up through 22 holes and eventually won the match.

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In an interview with CNN, Phil Mickelson said, “Tiger, is the best smack talker”. 

We have seen players often in such exhibition matches, trash-talking with each other. Phil also added,” He doesn’t get credit for his smack-talking, he does it under the breath.” Both Tiger, as well as Phil, said,” Both the money as well as bragging rights are important”.

Tiger said, “We both are trying to get in each other’s head”. to that Phil added,” I am the worst person to lose to as I will always find ways to stick it to you and I see both of us winning multiple tournaments in 2019″.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 23: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson walk during The Match: Tiger vs Phil at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 23, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for The Match)

Phil Mickelson’s historic win

Phil Mickelson who’s arguably one of the greatest golfers of all time. He is well known for his immaculate short game and huge drives.

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Phil Mickelson won the 2021 PGA Championship with a total score of 6 under par. He made history as he became the oldest major winner championship. Eventually, Phil broke the record of Julius Boros, who earlier won a major at the age of 48.

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Bazif Qadri

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Bazif Qadri is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing BSC Economics Hons, Bazif is a golf enthusiast. Not only a fan, but he is also an avid golfer himself.

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