In this interview for GOLF LIVE Phil Mickelson compares Tiger to today’s best players. He is uniquely qualified to do so this since he went head to head with Tiger Woods in his prime and goes up against the young guns today.
On top of that we all know he loves his money matches with the likes of Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka. He feels that the matches keep him sharp while also giving him an first-hand look at the golf’s newest generation of stars.
He admits to being impressed by the talent and ability of the new generation of young champions but feels that none them possess the raw talent of Tiger Woods in his prime.
For those of us fortunate enough to have seen Tiger from the time he first emerged on the scene and won the Masters by 12 shots and the US Open by 15 shots it would be difficult to disagree with his assessment.
Here is an excerpt from that interview:
“There is nobody in the game that I have seen that is remotely close to the level of performance Tiger was in his prime,” Mickelson said in an interview on the debut episode of GOLF LIVE. “Mentally, short game, or ball striking, I don’t think anybody matches him in any of those areas. And Tiger put them all together in one to create a career that is mind-boggling in the game of golf.”
Mickelson added that “it’s difficult for me to see the game of golf returning to the level that it was at during [Woods’] heyday.”
“As great as the young players are, the level that I’ve seen out of him, especially when you go back to 2000 at the U.S. Open and his performance when he held all four major championships at once, I think we’re decades away from anybody getting back to that level.”