A Lefty-Ernie rematch 30 years in the making

Mickelson-Els
Ernie Els edged Phil Mickelson for the 1984 World Junior Golf Championship title.
By Andrew Prezioso
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, August 31, 2014 | 2:41 p.m.

Talk about a rematch 30 years in the making. 

On Sunday, Phil Mickelson was paired with Ernie Els during the third round of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. This is a familiar pairing for those who have followed either Mickelson or Els for a while now. 

In 1984, Els edged Mickelson for the World Junior Golf Championship title at Torrey Pines. Want proof? Here's a photo of the two: 

It's clear in that photo who the winner is, and not just because of the different sizes of the trophies. Mickelson is making a perfect Eli Manning face, and nobody does a Manning face after a victory. 

With slightly different stakes on Sunday, it was Mickelson who got the better of Els by one stroke. Mickelson finished his round at 1-over, and sits at 2-over for the tournament, with Els one stroke back in each category. 

I can't help but be a little bit disappointed, though. Sunday would have been the perfect time to recreate that photo. Here's to hoping they get paired up again soon. 

 

Andrew Prezioso is a contributor for PGA.com. Have a good golf story? Send him an email at andrew.prezioso@turner.com.