Whenever Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods get paired together at a golf tournament, there is always a bit of an extra buzz amongst the group. The crowd will obviously be larger than normal, but inside the ropes it's a silent battle between one man's golf game against the other, and Phil's certainly triumphed over Tiger's on Sunday at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
But to see them both in contention with one another as well as the rest of the field must be a pleasant treat for the PGA Tour and it's fans.
Phil's schedule is a bit more packed then Tiger's in the recent future, who is scheduled to play next week at Riviera C.C. for the Northern Trust Open and probably another three tournaments before the Masters in early April. The next time we could see Tiger is likely the Accenture Match Play down in Arizona in two weeks (Feb. 22-26), or the World Golf Championship at Doral (March 08-11). If not, it will be the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay HIll (March 22-25), meaning it might be a few weeks before we get another taste of this rivalry.
Tiger has had chances in his last two starts as he was near the leader in both final rounds thanks to above average play the first three rounds, but 'Sunday Tiger' has yet to appear, though must be dying to get out of the bag. Especially with Phil currently outshining him.
Golf fans will be in for a treat this season as the Tiger vs. Phil rivalry heat's up heading into the summer.