Mickelson: 'Woods Is The Greatest Of All Time'

Lefty believes that Woods is the greatest golfer of all time and described his performance at the 2000 US Open as the single-greatest performance in history

Mickelson: 'Woods Is The Greatest Of All Time'
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Lefty believes that Woods is the greatest golfer of all time and described his 2000 US Open win as the single-greatest performance in history

Mickelson: 'Woods Is The Greatest Of All Time'

There are many debates over which golfer is the greatest of all time: Jack Nicklaus? Ben Hogan? Tiger Woods? Walter Hagen?

However, Phil Mickelson, who himself is without doubt one of the game's greatest players of all time, believes that Woods is the undisputed GOAT.

Speaking at 'The Match' press conference, where he and Woods will battle it out for $9m at Shadow Creek on Friday, Mickelson was asked what Woods' legacy will be.

Mickelson responded quite simply that Tiger is the greatest of all time.

"Greatest of all time,” Lefty said.

“That’s an easy one for me. I’ve seen him do things with a golf ball that’s never been done; the performance at the 2000 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach is the single-greatest performance in the history of the game of golf, and possibly all of sports, and he continued to play that way for a number of years.”

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Woods won the 2000 US Open at Pebble Beach by 15 strokes which is the largest winning margin in major history. It was his 1st US Open title and third major.

He has since gone on to win 14 majors in total, only second to Jack Nicklaus with 18.

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As well as that fascinating soundbite from Mickelson, he also bet $200,000 on himself to birdie the opening hole.

After initially suggesting $100,000 (which he declared was from his own pocket), Woods made him double it to $200,000.

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The Match takes place on Friday 23rd November between the pair who have won a combined 123 PGA Tour titles and 19 majors.

They will be playing for a winner-takes-all sum of $9m and the match will be broadcast on PPV.

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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