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Woods slumps to 55th after at Wells Fargo Championship

Woods slumps to 55th after at Wells Fargo Championship

It was during a time that Woods was at his dominant best - the 14-time major champion went on to capture the Masters two weeks later for his fourth consecutive major title, dubbed the "Tiger Slam".

It was only the 11th time in more than 1,000 rounds as a professional on the PGA Tour that Woods failed to record a birdie or eagle. His opening 73 was not a disaster, but when I asked about his day, he said he just couldn't get anything going on the greens.

And Woods can't wait to join his long-time rival Mickelson on the course on Thursday. For that, he needed to replicate his stunning final round of 2010 - when a closing 62 saw him leapfrog through the field to claim the title - but, this time, the Northern Irishman was unable to reproduce any of that drama and ultimately was confined to the role of bit player.

Woods last victory on the PGA Tour came in 2013, while Mickelson broke a four-year winning streak when he won the WGC-Mexico Championship.

Said Mickelson: "I love it". Woods has not played there since 2015. Woods' scoring average is also slightly better, 69.60 to 69.91.

"That's why it's going to be so hard for Tiger Woods to win another major, never mind take his total from the fourteen he has now to the levels Jack got to".

And this week is the PGA Tour's signature event, the Players Championship at TPC-Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

"Our relationship has certainly gotten a lot closer", Woods said.

Mickelson had earlier offered effusive praise of just how powerful Woods was in his prime.

Woods was one of several golfers who began the third round at 2 over par, but he took advantage of playing in the morning under overcast skies and an easier course setup than the previous two rounds.

And to do that, he may just need to stop blasting and start trying a more tender approach to the game.

"You've got to give a lot of time to a lot of people and sometimes you don't get a lot of time to yourself". It's a big deal when the two best players of their generation are in the same group at any tournament, much less The Players Championship.

"I didn't putt well again", Woods said of his performance Sunday (via golf.com).

"I don't think anybody today who wasn't there that witnessed it, and I don't think anybody before, will ever see that level of play again", Mickelson said of Woods' dominance.

Woods and Mickelson are playing with Rickie Fowler for the first two rounds, Thursday at 1:52 p.m. off the first tee and Friday at 8:27 a.m. off the 10th tee.

"Phil and I have a great banter". "You know, I think what M.J. did, getting to the Finals and dominating the league like he did, he did it in a different way than LeBron is doing it, just because of the nature of their body, the build and their game and their mental makeup".


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