Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson Rivalry Key Moments

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have been rivals throughout their careers. Here's a look back at some of the key moments in their rivalry.
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Mickelson already had nine PGA Tour wins when Woods arrived on Tour in 1996. But Woods cemented himself as the game's biggest star when he won the 1997 Masters by a record 12 shots. Mickelson had yet to win a major, and he would carry the "Best Player Without a Major" label for several more years.
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At the 2001 Masters, Mickelson finished third as Woods won his second green jacket and fourth consecutive major.
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In 2002, Woods defended his title at Augusta, and Mickelson finished third again.
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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."
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At the 2004 Masters, Mickelson finally won his first major. He drained a downhill 18-footer on the 72nd hole to beat Ernie Els by a stroke. Woods tied for 22nd.
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While he didn't win another major in 2004, Mickelson had a remarkable run of close calls. He finished second at the U.S. Open, third at the British (pictured) and T6 at the PGA, beating Woods in all three events.
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At the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, U.S. captain Hal Sutton paired Woods and Mickelson for the first time. The decision backfired as the duo lost to Colin Montgomerie and Padraig Harrington, and to Darren Clarke and Lee Westwood. Woods and Mickelson have not teamed up since.
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Despite their failed pairing in the Ryder Cup, Woods and Mickelson have come together during team events — at the Ping-Pong table. Stories of the two playing intense matches are common at Ryder Cups and Presidents Cups, and Mickelson bought Woods's daughter, Sam, a mini Ping-Pong table when she was born.
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Woods and Mickelson dominated the majors in 2005. Woods won the Masters and the British Open, while Mickelson beat Woods by two strokes at the PGA Championship.
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In 2005 at Doral, Woods edged Mickelson by a stroke in one of the most memorable Tiger-Phil showdowns.
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Mickelson won his second consecutive major, and second green jacket, at the 2006 Masters. Woods tied for third, three strokes back.
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Playing in his first tournament since the death of his father, Woods missed the cut at the 2006 U.S. Open at Winged Foot. Mickelson was on the verge of winning the tournament, which would have been his first U.S. Open and third consecutive major, but he made double bogey on No. 18 to lose by one stroke to Geoff Ogilvy. Tiger Woods remained No. 1 in the world.
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Mickelson with Butch Harmon, left, and caddie Jim Mackay at the 2007 Players Championship. Shortly after finishing tied for 24th at the 2007 Masters, Mickelson left his coach Rick Smith to work with Harmon, who coached Woods for 10 years. The change seemed to pay off right away when Mickelson won his first Players Championship.
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In the first season of the FedEx Cup playoffs, Mickelson and Woods battled again at the 2007 Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. Mickelson won by two strokes, but Woods would go on to win the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup.
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The 2008 U.S. Open was held at Torrey Pines, where Mickelson and Woods had both won tournaments. The hype was intensified when they were paired together for the first two rounds. Mickelson faded quickly, shooting 71-75. Woods, playing with a torn ligament in his left knee and a stress fracture in his left leg, gutted out one of the most impressive wins in major championship history. He made a birdie on the 72nd hole to tie Rocco Mediate, then won a 19-hole Monday playoff.
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At the 2009 Masters, Woods and Mickelson were paired together in the final round. They electrified the gallery on the front nine, with Mickelson making six birdies and Woods draining an eagle on No. 8 to stay in the hunt. Their rounds fizzled on the back nine, but Mickelson beat Woods, 67-68.
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Neither Woods nor Mickelson won a major in 2009, but Mickelson won his first World Golf Championship event at Doral. He then defeated Woods by three strokes at the Tour Championship, but Woods won his second FedEx Cup trophy thanks to a six-win season.
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Two months later, Mickelson continued his good play against Woods by winning the 2009 HSBC Champions in China.
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At the 2010 Masters, Woods received all the early attention as he returned to competition after months of scandal. By Sunday, however, Mickelson was the center of attention as he walked away with the green jacket and Woods tied for fourth.