What to Watch For: Thursday at Pebble Beach

By Damon Hack Senior writer, Sports Illustrated

After recuperating from knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus, a
remarkable golfer will make his much-awaited return Thursday at the AT&T. Tiger
? Nope, Vijay Singh. I will be watching to see how a 45-year-old golfer
like Singh bounces back after undergoing arthroscopic surgery a month ago. No
golfer has been more prolific in his 40s than Singh, but he has become more
injury-prone in recent years. Does he have enough left to give Phil Mickelson a
run for the title of second-best golfer of the era? Both Singh and Mickelson
have 34 PGA Tour wins apiece and three major titles. When all is said and done, it will be fun to see which
golfer is deemed by history to be Tiger’s greatest rival.
Speaking of returns, I’m looking forward to watching Mickelson make his
season debut beneath the raindrops at the AT&T. What’s that you say? Phil’s
already played twice this year? That’s strange, I haven’t noticed him.
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