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Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

Posted on: February 11, 2012 8:17 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2012 4:49 pm

By Steve Elling 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Who are these guys, Abbott and Costello? Hall and Oates? Peanut and butter?

Break 'em up as a team and they mostly flop?

As we all know painfully too well at this point, Tiger Woods has been missing in action for more than two years, and in that span, his nemesis Phil Mickelson didn’t do much of anything.

In fact, over his last 37 PGA Tour starts, dating to his victory at the 2010 Masters, and as he freely admits, hasn’t exactly used the door that Woods left wide open when his personal and physical issues left him sidelined for most of the period since.

Mickelson not only didn’t take advantage, he went backward and enters this week's Pebble Beach Pro-Am  in much the same position he's held for his career -- ranked right next to Woods in the world pecking order. It's just that these days, Mickelson is 16th and Woods is 17th.

So, of course, with Woods showing flashing red-light signs that his slump is over, Mickelson picks this week to perk up?

The pair of longtime adversaries, California natives and multiple-time winners at Pebble Beach will be paired in the final round on Sunday at the famous seaside links, with the title in reach for both.

Woods is in third place, four shots behind Charlie Wie, while Mickelson is T4 and six strokes back. Let the jockeying and jocularity begin.

These guys have combined for an incredible 110 career PGA Tour wins -- Woods (71) ranks third and Mickelson (39) is 10th -- but with Woods injured and ailing, and Lefty playing listlessly, they are a mere 1-for-59 in terms of victories in recent U.S. starts.

Neither player knew of the final-day pairings when the left the course after play concluded Saturday night, but here's how they stack up in the times they have been paired in PGA Tour play over their careers. Woods holds a 13-12-4 margin when paired with Lefty, who in recent years has actually played better than the former world No. 1 when grouped eye-to-eye:

Year        Event                            Round   Mickelson     Woods
1997        PGA Championship        Rd 4        75                75       
1997         NEC Invitational             Rd 2        72                72       
1997        TOUR Championship      Rd 2        72                68       
1998        Nissan Open                   Rd 1        67                68
1998        Nissan Open                   Rd 2        76                73
1999        U.S. Open                       Rd 3        73                72       
2000        NEC Invitational              Rd 3        69                67       
2000        Buick Open                     Rd 3        65                67       
2000        TOUR Championship      Rd 1        67                68       
2001        PLAYERS Championship  Rd 3        72                66       
2001        Masters Tournament       Rd 4        70                68       
2002        TOUR Championship       Rd 1        70                71
2002        TOUR Championship      Rd 4        69                70       
2003        Buick Invitational            Rd 4        72                68       
2005        Ford Championship        Rd 4        69                66       
2006        Ford Championship        Rd 3        72                68       
2006        PGA Championship        Rd 1        69                69
2006        PGA Championship        Rd 2        71                68       
2007        Deutsche Bank              Rd 1        70                72
2007        Deutsche Bank              Rd 2        64                64       
2007        Deutsche Bank              Rd 4        66                67       
2008        U.S. Open                      Rd 1        71                72       
2008        U.S. Open                      Rd 2        75                68
2009        Masters Tournament     Rd 4        67                68
2009        WGC-HSBC Champions Rd 4        69                72
2010         BMW Championship     Rd 4        67                70
2011        WGC-Cadillac                Rd 1        73                70
2011         WGC-Cadillac               Rd 2        71                74
2011        WGC-Cadillac                Rd 3        72                70



Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2012 5:32 pm

Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

The way CBS, in particualr their golf announers, treat Phil is atrocious and disrespectful.  On 12 when tiger holed for a birdie the announcers say well that a two shot swing, in other words Phil won't make this putt for par.  Not even a that could be IF Phil misses this putt.  They talk about every shot Tiger takes, and show the slowed replays wth Konica Minolta Swing Vision , his divot shot, his sand bunker shot, on and on.  HE IS NOT THE ONE winning, Phil is. Phil has beat him 6 times out of the last 10 rounds they played together.   Then on the most recent hole Garyt McCord says, what is he doing with the driver, and he laces it like he has done all day.  Now, they are showing all of Tigers shots on how things have gone bad, how about showing all of the great shots Phil has hit today.  Absolutely disgusting.  Do the announcers get paid for how ofter they talk about Tiger.  HE HASN"T won for 2 1/2 years on tour. He has more wins than Gene Sarazen,  This is a hall of fame gollfer, he has earned respect. 

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2012 3:55 pm

Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

Phil's showing Tiger how to play.  Guess Tiger's too busy looking for his next girl.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2012 10:05 am

Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

<span style="color: #000000;">Fame or infamy - either one draws a crowd. (see: Michael Vick) In addition, Tiger Woods - like it or not - was the best golfer in world for a long time, and if he resurrects his career after the, um, diversion - it's going to be a big story.

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: February 12, 2012 9:37 am

Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

tiger this  tiger that    =$$$$$$$$

Since: Feb 12, 2012
Posted on: February 12, 2012 8:21 am

Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

In a poll reported this week by Forbes, Woods is tied with NFL quarterback Michael Vick as the nation's most disliked athlete, with each receiving a 60 percent disapproval rating.

So, why does CBS (and pretty much all broadcasters) insist on talking about Tigerand not about the leaders of the tournament.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 1:07 am

Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

Phil should hire some heinous Denny's waitresses to follow them around.

Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2012 12:22 am

Tiger and Phil, yin and yang, paired at Pebble

Tiger needs to play with a good player to give him that extra motavtion to win.

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