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Woods-Mickelson practice round: Tiger eagles No. 13, 15, duo thump Couples-Pieters team

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How did Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, once bitter rivals, wind up teaming up for a practice round at Augusta National?

“Phil asked Joey [LaCava, Woods’ caddie] if we were free for a game,’ Woods said in his Tuesday press conference. “Phil and I talked about it and decided to play. We partnered up against Thomas [Pieters] and poor Freddie.”

“Thomas and I, we got shalayleed,” Couples said after the round. “We were 2 up after 2 and then it didn’t go so well after that. It was fun. It was very loud, it was very fun, and they hit some really good shots. Wow.”

Shalayleed! Mickelson made a string of birdies and Woods eagled both par-5s on the back nine. After the pair played the par-5 15th, Mickelson put on a flop shot exhibition while Woods looked on. Per Fred Couples, Woods was driving the ball well.

And of course, the duo engaged (along with Pieters and Couples) in the obligatory ball skipping at the 16th hole.

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 03: Fred Couples,Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson of the United States and Thomas Pieters of Belgium skip balls on the 16th hole during a practice round prior to the start of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 3, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Asked about his relationship with Mickelson, Woods said,

“Phil and I’ve been through it for so long…when I got hurt, I had to take a different role on the teams…Phil was great. He tried to help me out when I was planning a comeback. Our friendship has gotten stronger over the years…we’ve gone through it for a long time…We understand where we are in the game versus where we were in our early 20s.”

The 14-time major champion was full of praise for the left-hander, calling him competitive, feisty, determined, and full of self-belief, adding, “That’s why he’s won so many tournaments.”

Woods tees off with Marc Leishman and Tommy Fleetwood at 10:42 a.m. Thursday. Mickelson is off at 1:27 with Rickie Fowler and Matt Kuchar.

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  1. Big Dog

    Apr 5, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Tiger tiger tiger… so sick of it. He’s in 30th place and I’m forced to watch every shot he plays in replays. How in the world is he favored to win , pathetic . He is finished why don’t they admit it. He’s on the way to a Waffle House right now to find a companion for the night

  2. joro

    Apr 4, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Tiger, Tiger, Tiger, the Tiger Woods show is about to begin.

  3. Miles Bruce

    Apr 4, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Is it just me or does it look like Phil is holding a right handed driver in this pic?

    • Tom

      Apr 4, 2018 at 9:15 am

      At first glance I can see it, but the driver shaft is on the far side of the head (which is pointing up), so it’s a lefty.

  4. MT

    Apr 3, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Phil and Tiger can become the modern day Jack and Arnold. With their combined popularity they can make great progress promoting the game of golf, charities…etc.

    The possibilities could be endless If they can keep their egos and personal lives in check.

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Thursday’s photos from the Web.com Tour’s United Leasing & Finance Championship

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GolfWRX stopped by the Web.com for some WITB action, Thursday. The United Leasing & Finance Championship from Victoria National Golf Club in Newburgh, Indiana, is the host venue for golf’s seasoned grinders and up-and-comers this week.

We have seven galleries from the range, as well as an in-hand look at the always WITB-envy inducing Lee McCoy’s putter.

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Zurich Classic

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GolfWRX is live from the 2018 Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana, where, among other things, a giant three-legged crocodile roams.

Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

Let’s dig in.

Well, this certainly is interesting, Xinjun Zhang. Not sure about the context, but not something you traditionally see on a PGA Tour driving range…

Hard not to love Ryan Ruffels’ 009M

Look’s like Michael Greller is enjoying some well-earned relaxation

Ryan Palmer boldly going where few Tour pros dare to: serif font

Roman numeral loft stamping? Savage grind? We like your style, Bud Cauley

Is this a new Wilson Staff PMP wedge prototype or a one-off thing for Ricky Barnes?

Finally, Whitney comes to a wedge

Ham & egg!

Jimmy Walker’s silver Spider

Our Tour Photographer risking the wrath of Bubba (we assume he had permission)

 

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Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event

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As a business based in the Detroit metro area, GolfWRX is happy to hear this: the Motor City could be getting a PGA Tour event.

With the PGA Tour’s 2019-2020 schedule expected in the weeks ahead, the Detroit News reports the Tour could announce (Detroit-based) Quicken Loans will sponsor an event at Detroit Golf Club. The company ceased sponsorship of the former Quicken Loans National in Washington, D.C. last year.

The Detroit News quotes a source with knowledge of the Tour’s scheduling discussions as saying an official announcement is near.

While the Tour, Quicken Loans, and Detroit Golf Club are mum on the matter, Quicken Loans’ statement to the paper last year made clear the company’s intention to bring a tournament to the city.

“As we look to the future, we remain interested in exploring ways to highlight the energy and revitalization taking place in Detroit…A prime golf event, featuring the world’s best players, is certainly something we would be interested in pursuing as a way to showcase our great American city.”

If the Detroit tournament takes the calendar spot of the The National, it would be contested in late June/early July. Additionally, with the PGA Championship’s move to may next year, there’s some speculation the Detroit event could be contested in August.

As mentioned, we know the PGA Championship is moving to May in 2019. Additionally, The Players will move to March, TPC Southwind will take over  WGC hosting duties from Firestone Country Club, and the FedEx Cup Playoffs will wrap before start of football season.

We’ll have to wait (eagerly) for official word on the Detroit event.

 

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