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Phil Mickelson says relationship with Tiger Woods has evolved

Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 20:44:58-05

TUCSON, Arizona — While the Cologuard Classic is set to take place this weekend at Omni Tucson National, the golfing world is also thinking about Tiger Woods, who is recovering from a serious car crash on Tuesday morning.

Mickelson, trying to win for the third time in as many starts on the PGA Champions Tour, spoke of how his relationship with Woods has evolved.

"We were competing against each other for quite some time," said Mickelson. "Then, we started working together to try to get the Ryder Cup Team and President Team event players to play their best. And then, we became partners in developing a couple of matches. So, it’s been fun to be able to work with him."

Mickelson, who attended ASU, will tee off on Friday with Fred Couples and University of Arizona alum Jim Furyk. However, he doesn't consider Furyk a rival.

"That’s not my motivation because I find myself pulling for his success," said Mickelson of Furyk. "He’s a guy you just can’t help but pull for. He’s one of the greatest guys. I think u of A is proud to have him as an alumni and he’s represented the school for so many years."