The veteran duo will play together, alongside another marquee player Rickie Fowler, in the first two rounds of the Players Championship at Sawgrass, Florida, this week, and 47-year-old Mickelson was in playful mood as he threw out the challenge to his old rival. McIlroy is a combined 29-under in the past five years at the PLAYERS, tops in the field, with a best finish of sixth in 2014.
"It was disappointing I didn't get the result I wanted but I took a lot of positives from the fact that I didn't have my best stuff at Augusta and I was still able to play my way into the final group and contend". "And he said, '43 has a great ring to it.' I just thought that was one of the coolest things that that came from that, and one of the most memorable".
Thomas has the best chance, as he could miss the cut and still rise to No. 1 if Johnson finishes worse than in a two-way tie for 11th. I did everything well for, I guess, a few years there. The list of past winners at the PGA Tour's premier event illustrates. "So yeah, I think it is about time I step up and give myself a chance on Sunday".
The Stadium Course is regarded as a fine test of golfers, demanding all round accuracy.
While not on the same scale as his epic Sunday collapse at the same event in 2011, it ensured the Northern Irishman will not complete a career grand slam until at least next year.
"There's no way of faking it around this golf course", said Woods, who won his first U.S. Amateur at Sawgrass in 1994.
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As for the Masters, where he was fifth behind Patrick Reed, he's adamant that he's over his final-round 74 and looking to use his appearance in the final group there as a springboard to more success this season. We're not even halfway through the season. The first time you get on some Pete Dye courses they're very odd and they set you up at wrong angles, and visually they're just a little bit not what you want to see, but you learn to deal with it and play the way he wants you to play. Only three other players - Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Nick Faldo - have been at the top longer than his current stay. "You have to just take what it gives you, and take you medicine when you get out of position".
Jason Day hits out of the rough on seven during the final round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club.
"Look at the winners here and it's all over the place", said world number two Thomas, who tied for third two years ago."It really is a total package golf course". "I felt like I was just being stubborn, trying to hit driver where there's no point in hitting drive".
He says his swing got knocked around in the wind last week, and that he started hitting big hooks, so he has been working hard with coach Col Swatton.
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