Phil Mickelson ‘Would Love’ To Be Paired With Tiger Woods at Safeway Open

September 8, 2016

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.