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An avid if not excellent Baby Boomer golfer who plays rounds a year. Interested viewer, particularly of the majors and the Ryder Cup, but also pretty much any event, men or women, with an interesting leaderboard.
So, check off all those boxes for me. And will I watch The Match?
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Well, the answer is my Friday afternoon is a little cluttered. A friend of mine just opened the very cool Swing Golf Lounge in the west end of the city, which would be a perfect spot to watch. Hardly a ringing endorsement from this golf nut. We have two aging heavyweights, neither of whom is in their prime, neither of whom is among the top 10 players in the world.
At the recent Ryder Cup, they were both lousy, particularly Mickelson.
But that still feels like a longshot, particularly with all the outstanding younger players in the world. Competitively, Woods has dominated Mickelson, and his 14 majors and 80 tour victories make him, at least to Mickelson, the greatest player of all-time.
It came off a little too scripted, but still an interesting bet.
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He comes off as a super-confident athlete, which makes him both likeable and not very likeable at the same time. Tiger, by contrast, is unlikely to say much on Friday. When a reporter thought Woods meant their record while playing in the same group — amazingly, the mark is — Woods cut him off. They have never been particularly close in the record book. Woods has a lead in PGA Tour victories, in the majors.Tiger vs. Phil: Top-10 highlights from The Match
Matt Kuchar once told a story about how Mickelson would be dishing out his best material in the team room at the Ryder Cup, and if he ever didn't have a comeback, he would simply reveal how many majors he has won to shut up the room — but not without surveying his audience. Both will say that their relationship was overblown in the media, and there might be some truth to that. They lived on opposite ends of the country and had different lifestyles for so much of their careers.
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They got along fine because both are professionals, but it was never more than that. There still were some fun moments. One year they were in the locker room at the Byron Nelson Classic when Mickelson challenged Woods to anything at their disposal.
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And there have been some tense moments. Mickelson mentioned in a magazine interview going into the season that Woods used "inferior" equipment. Mickelson posted one of the great closing rounds in major championship history with a 66 to win at Muirfield inand when asked to comment on the round, Woods said only that the course was "gettable" that day.
Their most famous pairing was when they were partners in the Ryder Cup, and that didn't end all that well. They lost both matches. Woods is 42 with two children.
Mickelson is 47, and the oldest of his three children started college last year.