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Phil Mickelson’s very surprising answer to a question about Tiger Woods

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You know this story: Nobody suffered more under Tiger Woods’ regime of Tour domination than Phil Mickelson.

From 1996 through 2013, Tiger Woods won 79 times on the PGA Tour. Phil Mickelson won all but nine of his 42 PGA Tour tournament titles during that same stretch of time. So, it stands to reason, Phil would have won a few of those tournaments, right?

So when Mickelson, who is competing in his 100th major, was asked ahead of the PGA Championship how his career would have been different if Woods had never said, “Hello, world,” you’d expect him to say, “I’d have won more.”

Instead, the singular left-hander essentially said the opposite.

“I feel as though had Tiger not come around, I don’t feel I would have pushed myself to achieve what I ended up achieving, because he forced everybody to get the best out of themselves.”

“He forced everybody to work a little bit harder. He forced everybody to look at fitness as a big part of the game of golf, and I think that’s actually helped me with longevity, working with my trainer, Sean Cochran, for 14 years now, trying to stay flexible and so forth to elongate the career.”

“And I feel like that’s been a big part of it and he was a big influence on that. So I don’t think I would have had the same level of success had he not come around.”

Is this how Mickelson really feels? Is he just being gracious? Ernie Els, for his part, offered a much more glass-half-empty (and reasonable) take.

“But, you know,” Els said. “I could have had a couple more, definitely, without him around.”

Definitely. Check out Phil and Ernie below, courtesy of Golf Channel.

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.22.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at seven of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx.

Let’s get to it then, here are seven of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Here are some very cool and exotic putter covers from designer, and U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Michael Martinez.

An exciting project from Clay Long Design.

An anxiety-filled weekend moment for many GolfWRXers I feel…

Embrace Putters recently put together this sick Military Themed Bettinardi BB1 on request.

“Bombs Away” headcovers from Dormie Workshop.

Hello friends.

Pure Platinum Nike AirMax 1 G Golf Shoes. Any takers?

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NOW LIVE: Pure Platinum Nike #AirMax 1 G ????????????

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Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

 

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.21.19)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at seven of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx.

Let’s get to it then, here are seven of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Some big claims are coming in concerning The ATTAS Shaft.

The party may be over for 2019, but this is still a pretty fun Mardi Gras themed Squareback putter.

More Swagtastic gear from, well, Swag.

Well, what do we have here, Tyson Lamb?

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One for the gamblers out there. A dizzying, intricately designed wedge from Royalty Sports. Worth quite a bit too…

The St. Patrick’s Day festival doesn’t stop over at Lucky Wedges, who are taking more orders for these beauties.

Fans of Ben Hogan Golf will likely be loving their BHM01 putters, while the putter covers look a delight too!

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (3.20.19)

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Happy hump day GolfWRXers! In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at seven of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us along @golfwrx.

Let’s get to it then, here are seven of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Ryan spent his time wisely in woodwork class in 1998, creating this sick Bespoke Scotty Cameron Newport Prototype putter. It may not work so good, but it looks the part.

Kanye at the Masters. My new favorite hype video for the year’s first major.

It looks like Dustin Johnson is the latest addition to add SuperSpeed to his game. The guy could do with a bit more ball speed and distance to be fair.

One for the Tyson Lamb lovers out there.

And the company also have these nice putter covers coming out today. Just in case you need that positive affirmation on the greens.

Dormie Workshops new Spring/Summer head cover collections include these beauties.

As far as surprises go on the golf course, this is up there. Although one Instagram member/undercover USGA rules official had this to say on the romantic moment: “Isn’t that a one-stroke penalty for assistance with lining up?”

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She’ll always remember that shot!!

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Love the look of these custom copper divot repair tools from Pine Curtain Customs, which can be customized with either your initials or a design.

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

 

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