Woods has an impressive record in season openers finishing in the Top 10 in every one of his initial forays of a season as a professional except for his career debut back in 1996. Hes made his initial start of the season at the Buick Invitational the past two years, winning both times and has won this tournament for the past three years and five times overall.
Mickelson also has an enviable record in his first start each season winning four times and making the cut in all 16 starts. This is the first time the native of San Diego has made his season debut at the Buick Invitational, but hes won this event three times in his career.
Between the two of them, they have won seven of the last nine Buick Invitationals.
Only four previous times have Tiger and Phil made their season debuts in the same event and Tiger has topped Phil 3-1 in those events