Sunday 17 November 2019

Mickelson still in Tiger's shadow

Did Phil Mickelson break a mirror in the players' locker room?

Is he cursed to remain forever in Tiger's shadow in the world rankings?

After dismally failing to take any one of a dozen opportunities to replace the ailing Woods as No 1 in 2010, Mickelson muffed another chance to leapfrog Woods last weekend (albeit into fifth).

Had neither man played last weekend, Mickelson would have gone ahead in the rankings for the first time since Woods won the US Masters in April 1997.

Yet because they tied 24th on one-under at the Arnold Palmer, Woods kept his nose in front of his fellow American. Because he's played far fewer tournaments over the past two years, Tiger's average points 'divisor' is significantly lower than Mickelson's.

Though Woods rests this week as Mickelson tees it up (with Padraig Harrington among others) at the Shell Houston Open, 'Lefty' will need to produce a career-best top-15 at Redstone to bury his Tiger hoodoo.

Irish Independent

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