In case you haven’t heard, Tiger Woods is playing in the Safeway Open. It’s his first competitive tournament since the Wyndham Championship in 2015, and ever since he claimed to have “no timetable to return to competitive golf,” we’ve all been waiting on the edge of our seats for him to make his triumphant (well, hopefully) return to being the greatest of all-time. Luckily, that wait is now just a few days.
But to make some great news even greater? Phil Mickelson is lobbying to play the first two rounds of the Safeway Open with him which would be the first time in the history of The PGA Tour that someone would utter “must-watch” and “Safeway Open” in the same sentence.
Don’t be surprised to see Tiger Woods grouped with Phil Mickelson next week at the Safeway Open for the first two rounds. Mickelson lobbied for such an occurrence — something that rarely happens at a regular PGA Tour event — when he heard Woods was possibly coming back. Mickelson’s management company, Lagadere, runs the Safeway tournament, and Phil has been known to have some influence. The last time it happened in the first two rounds of a non-major/non-WGC event? The 1998 Nissan Open.
In a statement released by TigerWoods.com, he also confirmed two other tournaments in addition to this coming weekend’s open.
“My rehabilitation is to the point where I’m comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do,” Tiger said. “Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go.
“I’m looking forward to going to California for my foundation event and Safeway. I’m also excited to return to Turkey and Albany. It could be a fun fall.
Will The 2016 Safeway Open be a classic like Augusta in ’09 when they resembled two thoroughbreds elevating each other’s game and stomping around the green? Probably not, because we still don’t know anything about Tiger’s back and Phil is probably still drunk from The Ryder Cup.
Either way, will I be watching? Of course. It’s Tiger, guys. .
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