PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – Tiger Woods has never been thrilled by Phil Mickelson's victories, but as is the case recently, the achievements of the World Golf Hall of Famer are becoming more and more popular.
Woods was therefore impressed to see Mickelson win again on Monday at the Pro-Am National AT & T Pebble Beach, where he finished the final in 65 to defeat Paul Casey by three shots.
"What Phil did was extraordinary, it lasted a long time," said Woods, 43, who became professional four years after Mickelson in 1992. "He's been here since  and makes each team [Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup] since '94. He won big championships. he won events.
"It has just been so constant, and it 's the hardest thing to do.Everyone of us has enough talent to have small defeats, but keep it going for two decades as he l? ;did."
He misses a major for Phil Mickelson. He never won the US Open. Guess where is this year? The same Pebble Beach course he just won.
Tiger Woods grew up near the Riviera Country Club. He knows the place, says it fits him in the eye. It is however the tournament that he has played the most without a win. Why is that?
With plenty of sunshine and no drama, Phil Mickelson signed a win under 65 to win the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on Monday and equal the tournament record with his fifth win.
Mickelson, 48, has won 44 PGA tournaments, including two in the last 12 months. He also finished second at the Desert Classic last month.
Now ranked 17th in the world, Mickelson has not been in the top 50 since the end of 1993.
And yet, Mickelson was talking last week about an improvement in putting and his ability to find more swing speed.
"Trust me, I admit it, it's not easy to pick up speed, which he did as he got older," said Woods. "It's amazing, that's what allowed him to stay here with some of these longer guys, he was able to hit the ball further." It's something he's He adjusted his putting, he made more putts than I think I've seen in years in the past 18 months, and that's one of the reasons he won two big times. events. & # 39; & # 39;
And that provides Woods with additional motivation.
"It always pushed me," Woods said. "I remember talking to Arnold [Palmer] and Jack [Nicklaus] about that. Whenever they saw each other on the [leader]advice, they would say, "Where is he, where is he?"
"Phil's whole career will probably be that we've always looked at the board to find out where each other is, so we've always had the pleasure of competing with each other, and seeing what it looks like. that he did last year in Mexico, at age 47, gave me the assurance that I could do it, maybe last year, and I was finally able to finish my season as he did. had done with a victory. "
Woods plays with Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas for the first two rounds of the Genesis Open, at 3:22 pm. AND Thursday. Mickelson is grouped with Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele and starts at 10:22 am on Thursday.