Mickelson welcomes Tiger pairing


ORLANDO, Fla. – For the first time since Tiger Woods announced he will return to competitive golf at next month’s Masters, the No. 3 player in the world has taken his turn at the Tiger turnstile.

Following his opening-round 71 at Bay Hill on Thursday, Phil Mickelson was asked his thoughts on a potential pairing with Woods for Rounds 1 and 2 at Augusta National.

“It would be great,” said Mickelson, who played with Woods in the final round last year. “The Tour has not paired us together (for Rounds 1 and 2) in . . . since we have been out on Tour. It’s just never happened before.”

The only thing that’s certain is that it won’t happen in two weeks.