Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson set for awkward reunion as old rivals face off at USPGA

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson set for awkward reunion as old rivals face off at USPGA

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will reunite at this week’s PGA Championship, with both set to attend the annual champions’ dinner which takes place on Tuesday.

Woods and Mickelson have undoubtedly had their differences in recent years, having had polarising views on the fallout between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf. Woods unsurprisingly remained loyal to the Tour, whilst Mickelson became a trailblazer for the Saudi-backed series in 2022

The pair have rarely come across each other since, but this week will reunite in a more intimate atmosphere as guests of B rooks Koepka’s champions dinner in Kentucky ahead of the beginning of the 2024 U.S. PGA on Thursday.

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The legendary pair have both enjoyed plenty success at the PGA. 15-time major champion Woods has won the The Wanamaker Trophy on four occasions during his career, with his victories coming in 1999, 2000, 2006 and 2007. Mickelson meanwhile has two PGA titles to his name.

His first came in 2005, before he made golfing history with his most recent triumph in 2021. In winning the PGA Championship three years ago, the HyFlyers captain became the oldest major champion in history, seeing off fellow LIV stars Louis Oosthuizen and Koepka at the age of 50 at Kiawah Island.

Just one year later though, Mickelson failed to attend his title defence having entered golfing exile after raising eyebrows by pledging his support to a start-up Saudi golf league now known as LIV Golf. The six-time major winner described the Middle Eastern state as ‘scary’ amid their poor human rights record, but committed support to the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia-backed project in order to ‘gain leverage’ over the PGA Tour.

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