In 2003, the focus of their rivalry turned to equipment. Mickelson said in a Golf Magazine interview that Woods was playing with "inferior equipment."
"In my mind, Tiger and I don't have issues between us," Mickelson said. "Well, maybe one. He hates that I can fly it past him now. He has a faster swing speed than I do, but he has inferior equipment. Tiger is the only player who is good enough to overcome the equipment he's stuck with."