Even Phil Mickelson misses Tiger Woods.
Or at least he says he does. Mickelson, who is playing the Singapore Open this week after losing his world No. 2 ranking to Sergio Garcia, said he wants Woods to return soon because he “drives the game of golf.” “He drives television ratings, the sponsors need him in their events and the fans turn out to see him, so we need him back as soon as possible.” You could make the argument that he drives Mickelson, too. The last time the pair squared off head to head was at the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship. Phil looked energized and fearless as he outplayed Woods 66-67 in the final round to win by two.
Mickelson took that form into 2008, winning twice before June. But when Tiger checked out after the U.S. Open, so did Phil’s winning ways. He went 0-for-7 in his seven PGA Tour starts thereafter. Mickelson added that Woods had broken through a barrier he thought would never be possible for a golfer—becoming the top athlete in the world. "I never thought that was possible, so he does so much for us on a national level in the United States and on an international level throughout the world, and we all miss him and want him back soon." Wonder if Padraig Harrington feels the same way?