‘I got hit’: Phil Mickelson isn’t embarrassed to admit he was ‘smacked’ by Tiger Woods, after the famous pairing in 2012

When thinking of the best players in golf, the two names that immediately pop up are Tiger wood And the Phil Mickelson. Both legends are responsible for bringing needed fame to the sport. On top of that, the two are rivals, and they’ve had an amazing history of ups and downs together in their careers. However, there was a time when Mickelson explained Woods’ influence on his game.

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Phil Mickelson admits he was beaten by Tiger Woods

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Tiger Woods is one of the most successful players to ever play the track. The 15-time major winner is responsible for making golf a globally beloved sport due to his performances in any given tournament. However, Mickelson worked equally hard to hone his golf skills and make a name for himself.

LAS VEGAS, NV – NOVEMBER 20 (LR) Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods shake hands during a pre-game press conference at Shadow Creek Golf Course on November 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry Ho/Getty Images for the match)

But the golfer was very grateful to Tiger Woods for bringing out the best in him on the course. Mickelson often talks about how Woods is the reason every other golfer, Lefty included, pushes his limits. Which is why Mickelson believes he was able to play his part “best wave”.

He also admitted in 2012 how he was “beaten” for so long before he could actually reach his potential. “Although it brings out the best in me, it’s only been the past five years. Before, I’ve been slapped really well.” Mickelson said. “So let’s not forget the big picture here, I got beat up.” Mickelson also said that playing with Woods helps him learn and understand different aspects of the game. “I’ve been playing some of my best golf with him. And I really enjoy him,” he says. He said.

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Mickelson explained how he benefited from Woods

The golfer has been very vocal about how Woods has made a huge impact on his game over the years. And during his comments about what Woods did in golf, he admitted how he got the most out of the player. Michelson said, “I don’t think anyone has gotten more out of what they do for the game than me.”. He also said that he was very grateful for what Woods had meant to golf since the beginning of his career.

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson prepare to compete in the 2022 PGA Championship | Courtesy: Getty Images

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson have had a longstanding rivalry in the past. But for all their difference, the two have stood side by side through the tough and difficult times.

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