Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are friends now, and what better way to let the world know your relationship status than by playing a Masters practice round together?
That’s precisely what the one-time icy duo did on Tuesday at Augusta National ahead of the 2018 edition of the tournament, marking the first memorable, non-Ryder Cup practice round in perhaps 20 years, according to ESPN’s Bob Harig.
Very few Tiger-Phil practice rounds come to mind. But they did play one in '98 prior to Nisaan Open, a story Phil has told often. Took $500 off Tiger, gleefully took a photo of the $100 bills — and put it in Tiger's locker
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) April 3, 2018
Notah Begay said on Golf Channel it’s as though “hell has officially frozen over,” because this isn’t something a whole lot of golf fans could have ever imagined when the pair were at their respective peaks. However, through the process of working together on the Ryder Cup committee and Woods being a vice-captain on the 2016 Ryder Cup and 2017 Presidents Cup teams, Mickelson and Woods have developed a friendship. Hell, they hugged — like a real bro embrace — when the United States smashed the Internationals at Liberty National.
If Tiger and Phil can become friends, who among us can’t smooth things over with an enemy?
While everyone else is busy nominating these two for the Nobel Prize for Peace, let’s take a moment to recognize Phil Mickelson is playing a practice round at the Masters in a casual button-down dress shirt. That’s right. No golf shirt. Not even a sweater to cover it up. Mickelson is wearing an embroidered dress shirt with his sponsors’ logos. So this isn’t a mistake. Phil’s got these lying around. Let’s just hope Mickelson doesn’t think this is a swell idea and goes full Furyk for the remainder of the year.