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Phil Mickelson 'Would Love' To Be Paired With Tiger at Safeway Open

Tiger Woods Announces Return to Pro Golf
Tiger Woods announced he will play three events in the fall of 2016, including the Safeway Open, the Turkish Airlines Open and the Hero World Challenge.

Phil Mickelson is not just happy to see Tiger Woods set his sights on a return to competition. Lefty wants to be there alongside the 14-time major winner when he completes his comeback.

Speaking to ESPN's Bob Harig after the BMW Championship pro-am on Wednesday at Crooked Stick, Mickelson said he "would love" to get paired with Woods at the Safeway Open Oct. 13-16. The Safeway is the first of three tournaments Woods targeted for his return, and the 46-year-old Mickelson and long-time Woods rival is already in the field for the Napa, Calif., event.

"I think it's great," Mickelson said. "I don't know the state of his health. I haven't seen him. I'm looking forward to spending time with him at the Ryder Cup. I think that'll be great motivation for him. Plus, he'll have a week off.

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"I'm hoping we can get paired together (at the Safeway Open)," he continued. "That would be really fun. I would love it. It's great to have him back, and hopefully he's physically able to practice the way he needs.''

Woods also named the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov. 3-6) and the Hero World Challenge (Dec. 1-4), an event he hosts, as tournaments he plans to play this year.

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