Sharing on his personal account on September 2, Phil Mickelson expressed his gratitude to his one-time rival Tiger Woods for his massive contribution to golf.
“Dear Tiger. Thank you for all that you’ve done for this great game of golf. No one has benefited more than me and I just wanted you to know I appreciate you and all you’ve done. That’s all. Thank you.”, Mickelson wrote on Twitter on September 2.
There have been some doubts that Mickelson was craving to draw attention, but the American player claimed it was from the bottom of his heart. As for the reason why not “tagging” the Woods’ official account on the confession, Mickelson admitted he “didn’t know how.”
Mickelson claimed that golf gained more popularity in the world thanks to Woods, and the prize for the championship has accelerated over the last two decades. In the PGA Tour, Woods held the bonus record, at $120.787 million, when Mickelson ranked second with $92.107 million.
Mickelson has played professionally since 1992, and won five majors with 44 PGA Tour and 10 European Tour. Woods started his career four years after Mickelson, got 15 majors, shared 82 PGA Tour with the legend Sam Snead and held the world 1st rank for 683 times.
On May 24, Woods, along with his co-player Peyton Manning, defeated Phil Mickelson – Tom Brady in the Medalist, Florida. The victory of Woods and Manning gained $20 million for the Covid-19 rescue activities in America. This event was the second The Match with no spectators. The match attracted 5.8 million live views.
The two made a more exciting match against each other in hole 5. Mickelson then asked Woods to mark the ball 80 yards away from the green. “You want me to mark with a U.S. Open medal?” Woods replied, implying the major he had won three times and the senior star never crowned. “Do you have one? I have some silver ones.” Mickelson said, hinting at his record six runners-up in the tournament.
At “The Match” for the first time in Shadow Creek in November 2018, Lefty won “Super Tiger” after 22 holes, winning $9 million.
In the 2019-2020 PGA Tour, Mickelson hit 16 awards with two top 3 finishes and seven times without a cut. With his slumping form after three months of translation break and being cut off at the Northern Trust – the first event of the playoff trio on August 21, Mickelson left the FedEx Cup race.
Woods also attended seven tournaments, winning the Zozo Championship two times in the top 10 final. He reached the BMW Championship – second playoff but put his stick on all four rounds and then finished T51 with +11. It is Woods’ first time in the tournament since the Bridgestone Invitational 2010. Therefore, he did not have a ticket to the Tour Championship at East Lake Stadium from September 4-7 for the top 30 FedEx Cup.