Will Phil Mickelson surpass Tiger Woods as the No. 1 player on the Official World Golf Ranking? Senior writers Rex Hoggard and Randall Mell offer their takes.
By REX HOGGARD
This one is as safe a bet as you will find in a capricious game: Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will win a major, either of the real or pseudo variety, in the coming weeks.
By RANDALL MELLPhil Mickelson enjoys runs when he looks like the best player in the world.
Lefty can go on streaks where even Tiger Woods can’t beat him.
The last four times Woods and Mickelson have played in the same event, Mickelson has won three of them and finished second in the other, last week’s Quail Hollow Championship, where Woods missed the cut. The last seven times that Woods and Mickelson have been paired together, Woods has posted the better score just once.
No pro today enjoys more moments in a year that rise to the level of Woods than Mickelson, but Woods’ record is so colossally better than anyone else of this era that it’s fantasy to suggest anyone today deserves to rank ahead of Woods in any measurement of greatness. The numbers and images are too lopsided.
That’s no insult to Mickelson. It’s possible he could surpass Woods as No. 1 this week, and there will be raucous approval because he’s so popular. The possibility of the spectacular is there with Mickelson more than any other player, the possibility of spectacular success and failure. Lefty is already the No. 1 most entertaining player in the game.