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Tiger Woods says Phil Mickelson has ‘always pushed’ him to play better

15 February 2019
Tiger Woods says Phil Mickelson has ‘always pushed’ him to play better

Spieth earned a rare reprieve at 2:22 p.m. and made the most of the false start on a stormy Thursday at Riviera Country Club, hitting an odd mix of flawless and very bad tee shots, chipping in twice and only recording 12 putts in 12 holes when first-round play was suspended at 5:34 p.m.

"What Phil has done has been extraordinary, to be that consistent for the length of time, " said the 43-year-old Woods, who turned pro four years after Mickelson did in 1992.

Arguably the greatest player of all time, 14-time major victor Woods has never won the Genesis Open, based in his place of birth, in 13 attempts.

But with increasing rain, along with low visibility at the start, the PGA Tour chose to scrap the round and start over once the course dried out. It is incredibly frustrating for me as a DFS golf player to never be able to pick "lefty" on the right week. It's just one of those courses have to hit the golf ball well.

It is time to move onto the Genesis Open. "I think I already have a third of FedExCup points to keep my PGA TOUR card for next season (from his WGC-HSBC Champions result), so hopefully it makes my life a bit easier", he said.

Woods did not play the event from 2007 until a year ago, when he missed the cut. There is a lot of talent in this field and I chose to look at things in a different light this week.

On Wednesday, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan revealed the Woods-hosted tournament in Los Angeles would be given the same treatment as Palmer's Memorial Tournament in OH and Palmer's event at Bay Hill, Florida.

Smith's countryman Marc Leishman said the high-calibre field is good preparation for the major championships.

Woods will be making his 13th appearance at the tournament, and will play with Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy in the event's opening rounds. I thought the stars alined at the Waste Management for him to take that title back after a second place finish at the Desert Classic but he misses the cut. Euler was one of 12 collegians who played in the fourth annual Collegiate Showcase, an event created by the TGR Foundation (a Tiger Woods charity).

Just like we all expected, the weather played a huge part of the weekend at Pebble Beach but it didn't stop the almost 50 year old Phil Mickelson from capturing his fifth career title.

And so Woods was impressed to see Mickelson win again Monday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where he finished off a final-round 65 to defeat Paul Casey by three shots.