DORAL, Fla. – Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson won’t be paired for a fourth consecutive day in Sunday’s final round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be something riding on their performances in the back of the pack.
As they slide in the world rankings, it may not resonate the same, but there is a world rankings battle woven into their final-round performances at Doral.
If No. 6 Mickelson wants to assure he passes No. 5 Woods in the rankings for the first time in nearly 14 years, he has to post a Sunday score two shots better than Woods.
There are other more complicated scenarios where Mickelson can overtake Woods even if he finishes right behind Woods in the Doral final results, but this much is simple: If Mickelson is tied with or ahead of Woods over 72 holes at Doral, Mickelson will pass Woods in the world rankings. Mickelson starts Sunday at even-par 216, Woods at 2-under 214.
Woods and Mickelson played the first three rounds together with Woods posting better scores in two of the rounds. If you’re keeping score, Woods is 13-12-4 in besting Mickelson when paired together in PGA Tour events.