Kuchar: With Tiger absent, Phil free to brag

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – Last week during media day for his Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods was asked what he would not miss about the Ryder Cup.

“Listening to [Matt] Kuchar's jokes,” laughed Woods, who withdrew his name from consideration for this week’s matches because of injury. “All the practical jokes that Kuchar will play on everybody, namely me.”

On Tuesday at Gleneagles, Kuchar, who went 3-1-0 paired with Woods at last year’s Presidents Cup, was asked to give examples of some of his practical jokes. He declined.


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“I can’t give you my best one, but I’m sure that he misses them,” he said.

Kuchar did, however, offer a glimpse into the team-room dynamic with a story about Phil Mickelson.

“The greatest thing I witnessed is when Phil Mickelson throws down the ultimate gauntlet when he doesn’t have a comeback to whatever you’ve said. He just says, ‘Well, I’ve won so many majors. Suck on that,’” Kuchar said.

“He can only say that if Tiger’s not around. He kind of has to look over both shoulders and make sure because then Tiger gives him his number.”