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Tiger Woods’s Best Golf Is Unrepeatable, Claims Phil Mickelson Ahead Of Players Championship

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| May 9 , 2018 , 13:41 IST

Phil Mickelson said that Tiger Woods in his prime was the best golfer in the history of the sport and those heights are unlike to be reached again at a media event on Tuesday ahead of Players Championship.

Mickelson traded friendly barbs with his old rival during their respective press conference at TPC Sawgrass, their relaxed demeanour a far cry from the days when, as the older American admitted, “it sucked” to have to face Woods on the course.

“I don’t think (we) will ever see that level of play again. It was the most remarkable golf in the history of the game and I think unrepeatable. I think it was that good.” 47-year-old Mickelson said.

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Clubbed together for the first two rounds that will take place on Thursday and Friday, the icy relationship between the pair since the 2000s has warmed considerably.

The last time they were grouped together in the Players Championship was in 2001, when Woods was at the pinnacle of his abilities that brought him 14 major championships in a decade.

It was the era when Woods won the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by 15 strokes, a record performance Mickelson suspects some younger players do not fully appreciate.

“I look at 2000 as being kind of the benchmark at the U.S. Open as being the greatest golf I’ve ever witnessed and I believe has ever been played,” said Mickelson.

“And it sucked to have to play against him,” Mickelson continued.

Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour, second only to Sam Snead’s 82 but well clear of Mickelson’s 42 victories.