How Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson compare in every round they have played together

By
Daniel Wilco
PGA.com

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 1:29 p.m.

With the announcement of “The Match” — a winner-take all, $9 million event between Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson — we were curious to learn how often the two have been paired together and who holds the all-time scoring edge.

Spoiler: They've played together less than you might think and the overall score is really close.

First, a tip of the hat to the PGA Tour for compiling the data from every Phil and Tiger round. Here are some highlights from what we found:

  • Their first pairing came at the 1997 PGA Championship. Both shot a 75 on Sunday, tying for 29th place. You can read more about that here.
  • Since then, they’ve played 36 rounds of competitive golf together, not including practice rounds.
  • In those rounds, they have combined for 5,178 strokes. After all of them, Tiger leads Phil by 20 shots.
  • Their most-recent pairing came at THE PLAYERS in May, where Phil finished Friday 10-over, missing the cut, while Tiger was 1-under heading into the weekend and finished T11.
  • In total, Tiger has shot better in 18 rounds, Phil has prevailed in 15, and the two have tied in four.

One thing’s pretty evident from the data, if The Match comes down to the wire, the numbers favor Phil. Of the nine rounds the pair has played that have been decided by one stroke, Phil has won seven.

MORE: Surprisingly, Tiger and Phil have played together only twice at the Masters

The biggest differential came in the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, where Phil shot a 64 to Tiger's 75 — an 11-stroke difference. Tiger’s best performances against Phil came at the 2018 PLAYERS, the 2012 U.S. Open, and the 2008 U.S. Open, where he shot seven strokes better than Lefty in each.

Here’s a look at every round they’ve played together:

TOURNAMENT TIGER WOODS PHIL MICKELSON DIFFERENCE
2018 THE PLAYERS Championship 72 79 Tiger by 7
  71 73 Tiger by 2
2014 PGA Championship 74 69 Phil by 5
  74 67 Phil by 7
2013 Deutsche Bank Championship 68 63 Phil by 5
  67 71 Tiger by 4
2012 U.S. Open 69 76 Tiger by 7
  70 71 Tiger by 1
2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am 75 64 Phil by 11
2011 WGC-Cadillac Championship 70 73 Tiger by 3
  74 71 Phil by 3
  70 72 Tiger by 2
2010 BMW Championship 70 67 Phil by 3
2009 Masters Tournament 68 67 Phil by 1
2008 U.S. Open 72 71 Phil by 1
  68 75 Tiger by 7
2007 Deutsche Bank Championship 72 70 Phil by 2
  64 64 Draw
  67 66 Phil by 1
2006 PGA Championship 69 69 Draw
  68 71 Tiger by 3
2006 Ford Championship at Doral 68 72 Tiger by 4
2005 Ford Championship at Doral 66 69 Tiger by 3
2003 Buick Invitational 68 72 Tiger by 4
2002 TOUR Championship 71 70 Phil by 1
  70 69 Phil by 1
2001 THE PLAYERS Championship 66 72 Tiger by 6
2001 Masters Tournament 68 70 Tiger by 2
2000 TOUR Championship 68 67 Phil by 1
2000 WGC-NEC Invitational 67 69 Tiger by 2
2000 Buick Open 67 65 Phil by 2
1999 U.S. Open 72 73 Tiger by 1
1998 Nissan Open 68 67 Phil by 1
  73 76 Tiger by 3
1997 TOUR Championship 68 72 Tiger by 4
1997 NEC World Series of Golf 72 72 Draw
1997 PGA Championship 75 75 Draw
TOTAL STROKES: 2579 2599 Tiger by 20