MARANA, Ariz. – At 6:30 a.m., in the cool pre-dawn darkness, a message was sent from Phil Mickelson to Tiger Woods.
With swarms of photographers waiting for the arrival of the world's No. 1 player on Tuesday morning at the range, the first person to arrive was Mickelson's caddie, Jim "Bones" Mackay. He set up Mickelson's clubs and two bags of balls in the middle of the hitting area.
"This is pretty interesting," he said, gazing at the members of the media.
Mickelson walked through the crowd as daylight was starting to break over the hills. He immediately started to get loose by swinging his pitching wedge and hitting some half-swing shots.
A few minutes later, the clicks and murmurs began about 40 feet behind him. Woods had arrived. Mickelson never looked back to acknowledge Tiger's entrance, and Woods didn't walk over to say hello to Mickelson.
About a minute later, Butch Harmon hustled through the crowd and took up a position behind Mickelson.
Fifteen minutes later, as Tiger walked with caddie Steve Williams to the first tee to begin his practice round, Phil had sent his message — everyone's following you, Tiger, but I'm here and working just as hard as you are.
Watch the scene unfold in this quick video shot as Tiger arrived at the range. Tiger Tracker | Photos: Tiger returns to PGA Tour | Phil Mickelson Homepage (Photo: David Dusek/Golf.com)