Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have a chance to be in the final pairing on Sunday in what could be a doozy of a shootout between the game’s two best draws.
Woods shot -7 on Friday at the World Golf Championships at Doral and is -13 for the tournament. He also made all 14 putts from within 10 feet today. Mickelson shot -5 on Friday, and is -10 for the tournament, three strokes back of Woods. They will not be in the final pairing on Saturday because Graeme McDowell, who shot -5, is two strokes behind Woods at -11.
McDowell and Woods will be in the final pairing. Mickelson will tee off before them with Steve Stricker, one of Woods’s closest friends on the tour who is always paired with him in international competitions like the President’s and Ryder Cups. Stricker is also at -10 for the tournament.
Bubba Watson is behind them at -9.
Woods and Mickelson do not have the warmest relationship, to say the least. One could even say they just quite don’t like each other. They could not be more different from a personality standpoint and perhaps even in how they approach the game of golf. But they do also share more things in common than meets the eye–most notably an uncanny ability to slickly get themselves out of trouble on the golf course with shots even professional golfers could have never even imagined.
When Mickelson and Woods are in contention, the world tunes in to see the human drama and the unbelievable shot-making. If the two native Californians are in the final pairing in a tournament that is a traditional tuneup for the Masters, TV ratings will skyrocket on Sunday.