Mickelson: There May Never Be Another Tiger Woods
While three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson agrees the current young guns of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, Rickie Fowler and co were the measuring stick at the moment, he said there might never be another player of the calibre of Tiger Woods.
In a revealing interview in the US, Mickelson said Woods was the complete package at his peak and possessed everything that made him the number one player in the game for so long.
Tiger Woods (Credit: Anthony Powter)
While “fabulous Phil” said all of the four mentioned above had “remarkable games”, they were also “quality people” who represented the game with distinction.
Even so, he says he’s not certain any of them could emulate the impact Woods had at his peak.
“Mentally, short game, or ball striking, I don’t think anybody matches [Woods] in any of those areas,” said Mickelson.
“And Tiger put them all together in one to create a career that is mind-boggling.”
“So it’s difficult for me to see the game of golf returning to the level that it was at during his heyday without somebody like that.”
“And as great as the young players are, the level that I’ve seen out of him, especially when you go back to 2000 at the US Open and his performance when he held all four major championships at once, I think we’re decades away from anybody getting back to that level.”
Not for a moment does Mickelson expect himself to reach that level either, but he did intimate that he was close to putting it all together in his own game.
“Andrew Getson [Mickelson's coach] and I have spent the last couple of months really getting the swing point down,” he said.
“And what’s happened is now that my swing is on point, all the little feel, through impact, the little fade, the little draw, all that is starting to come back.”
“And so I know that my game is back on the right track, and I know that I’m starting to play at a high level again.”
“All the details that you look for to make sure that your swing and your game is on, I know are back.”
“I just have to be a little patient with the results, because it has been a couple years since I’ve played at a high level.”
Sounds like the 2004, 2006 and 2010 Masters champion’s game might peak in a few weeks…at about the time he drives through the gates of Augusta National.