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?
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.”
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.
Watch – Mickelson bets $200,000 on first hole
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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