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The Tiger Woods/Phil Mickelson Era has come to a close as both golfers failed to win an event this season for the first time since 1992. Things were different back then. Their 22-year run can be defined by a few memorable photos.
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Phil Mickelson graduates from Arizona State after winning three NCAA individual championships, and a PGA Tour event in 1991. Tiger Woods becomes the first multiple winner of the U.S. Junior Amateur after defending his title.
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Tiger Woods plays in three PGA Tour events as an amateur, failing to make a single cut. He turns 18 in December.
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Phil Mickelson wins both the Buick Invitational and The International tournaments. His best move, however, comes in hiring Bones Mackay as his caddie, who continues to carry Mickelson's bag today.
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Phil Mickelson wins the Mercedes Championship, and Tiger Woods becomes the youngest winner of the U.S. Amateur championship, the same year he graduates high school.
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Tiger Woods makes the cut in his first Masters and finishes T41, just months before winning an NCAA individual championship and defending his U.S. Amateur title.
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Phil Mickelson wins the Northern Telecom Open, the same event he won in 1991 as an amateur.
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Tiger Woods turns pro in August at the Greater Milwaukee Open before winning Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year and PGA Tour Rookie of the Year awards. Phil Mickelson wins four PGA Tour events including the Byron Nelson.
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Tiger Woods earns his first major victory in epic fashion, triumphing at the Masters by a 12-stroke margin.
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Though majors have eluded him so far, Phil Mickelson keeps plugging along, winning the Bay Hill Invitational and the Sprint International tournaments.
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A down year for Tiger Woods ends with just one victory at the BellSouth Classic, while Phil Mickelson grabs career Tour victories Nos. 12 and 13 at the Mercedes Championship and Pebble Beach Pro-Am, holding a lead in career victories on Woods that was soon to slip.
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Tiger Woods breaks out for eight victories in 1999, including the PGA Championship, his second major. He becomes the first player with eight PGA Tour wins in a season since 1974. Meanwhile, it was the beginning of major disappointment for Phil Mickelson, who recorded the first of six runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open.
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Phil Mickelson wins three times on Tour, including the Mastercard Colonial, the Buick Invitational and the Tour Championship by two shots over Woods. His first major victory continues to evade him.
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Tiger Woods completes the career Grand Slam with wins at the U.S. Open (by a record 15 shots), British Open and PGA Championship. He finished with another eight wins in what's widely consider the greatest golf season of all time.
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Tiger Woods wins his fourth-consecutive major at the Masters, becoming the first player to hold all four major titles at the same time, also known as "the Tiger Slam." Phil Mickelson wins Buick Invitational and inches closer to a first major victory with top-3 finishes at the Masters and PGA Championship.
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Tiger Woods wins five times including another two majors, repeating at the Masters and adding another U.S. Open. Phil Mickelson finishes second at the U.S. Open and is adopted by fans at New York's Bethpage Black (photo). Lefty wins twice that year, at the Bob Hope and Greater Hartford Open.
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Golf's dynamic duo wins zero majors in this season, an oddity for the 2000s. Tiger Woods does win five times, however, including two WGC events. Phil Mickelson, on the other hand, goes winless, finishing third at the Masters behind champion Mike Weir.
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At long last, Phil Mickelson wins his first major title at the Masters. He follows it up by nearly winning his second major twice, finishing second at U.S. Open and third at British Open. A second swing change prompts Tigers Woods into a rough season, where he wins just once, at the WGC-Match Play.
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Phil Mickelson builds off his impressive 2004 with four victories in 2005, which included his second career major at the PGA Championship.
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Tiger Woods' rebuilt swing is now strong enough to win majors, and he adds to the list with victories at the Masters and the British Open, bringing his career total to 10.
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Tiger Woods wins eight times, including a pair of majors at the British Open and PGA Championship. Woods won an astonishing six-consecutive events beginning in July, two months after the death of his father. Quietly, Phil Mickelson wins his second green jacket in three years as Woods is forced to attend the ceremony and hand another green jacket back to his rival.
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Tiger Woods wins seven events, raising his career total to 61. Of those were the PGA Championship and the Tour Championship. Mickelson wins three more times, raising his career total to 32 with wins Pebble Beach, the Players and the Deutsche Bank. However, he spends 2007 major-less.
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Tiger Woods undergoes knee surgery following the Masters in April and returns to win the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines for his 14th major victory in a memorable Monday playoff over Rocco Mediate. Another knee surgery keeps Woods out for the remainder of the season, however. Phil Mickelson goes major-less for a second-straight season but wins twice at the Northern Trust Open and Crowne Plaza at Colonial.
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Phil Mickelson records another runner-up finish in the U.S. Open, and wins four times including two WGC events, but yet again, fails to win another major. Tiger Woods' season goes according to plan, winning six times, though he failed to win a major for the first time since 2004. In November, Woods' infidelities become public, causing the loss of several endorsement deals.
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Phil Mickelson wins his third green jacket and fourth major in 2010, and his second-shot approach on the par-5 13th hole becomes part of Masters lore. He wouldn't win again that year, but claiming another green jacket is enough to validate his year.
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Woods finishes T4 at both the Masters and U.S. Open, but fails to win all season. Hank Haney resigns as Woods' swing coach, and Woods hires Sean Foley as a replacement, who would last more than four years in that position.
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Tiger Woods misses several events after re-injuring his leg at the Masters. His downfall from World No. 1 continues as Woods fires longtime caddie Steve Williams in July. His world ranking falls as low at 58. Phil Mickelson’s only PGA Tour win comes at the Shell Houston Open, and as he finishes second at the British Open, 2011 is largely a disappointment for Lefty.
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Tigewr Woods wins notable tournaments Bay Hill, Memorial and the AT&T National, and finishes T3 at the British Open. Meanwhile, Mickelson wins just once at Pebble Beach. Both players make the Ryder Cup team and build a big lead for Team USA at Medinah.
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However, that lead comes crashing down on Sunday afternoon, and Team Europe retains the Cup on a putt by Martin Kaymer.
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Phil Mickelson nets his elusive British Open victory at Muirfield, coming from behind on Sunday afternoon. He remains just a U.S. Open shy of the career grand slam as he loses to Justin Rose at Merion.
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Woods wins five events including the WGC-Cadillac, WGC-Bridgestone and the Players, but fails to win a major for the fourth consecutive season. As time continues to work against him, Woods' career 14 majors looks further and further from Nicklaus' career mark of 18.
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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods go winless for the first time since 1992; Mickelson’s best finish is a runner-up at the PGA Championship and Woods’ a T-25 at the WGC-Cadillac, though he only plays five events all season. Woods takes himself out of the running for the Ryder Cup as well.