It takes two to tango – Nine times when Tiger-Lefty were 1-2

Here is a look at all nine times that Woods and Mickelson have finished first and second in a Tour event.

1998 Sentry Tournament of ChampionsLaCosta CC, Carlsbad, CA

Winner: Tiger Woods

Mickelson, five ahead of Woods to start the final day, hung on to win, at 17-under, but not before a 22-year-old Woods dazzled the crowd with a closing 64 to nearly steal the show.

 

1999 WGC-Bridgestone InvitationalFirestone CC, Akron, Ohio:

Winner: Tiger Woods

Woods was a whopping seven ahead of Mickelson to start the final round, but with five birdies in his first 10 holes, Lefty got into the mix. A bogey at 16 by Mickelson slowed his charge, however, and Woods threw down a clutch birdie at 17 to give him a one-shot win.

 

2000 Farmers InvitationalTorrey Pines, San Diego, CA:

Winner: Phil Mickelson

Mickelson started Sunday six clear of Woods, and they put on a show, combining for 13 birdies, two double bogeys and three bogeys. Mickelson shot 70 and held off Woods, who shot 68, by four strokes. Mickelson’s triumph halted Woods’ streak of six straight wins.

 

2000 TOUR ChampionshipEast Lake CC, Atlanta, Georgia:

Winner: Phil Mickelson

Mickelson started the final round one behind Woods, the co-leader with Vijay Singh, but puts up 4-under 66 to rally for a two-stroke victory. Woods shot 69 and was denied a 10th win that season.

 

2001 Arnold Palmer InvitationalBay Hill Club & Lodge, Orlando, Florida:

Winner: Tiger Woods

Four behind Woods to start the final round, Mickelson charged home in 66 and was tied for the lead when he finished. But Woods birdied the final hole, shot 69, and won by one.

 

2002 U.S. OpenBethpage State Park (Black), Farmingdale, New York:

Winner: Tiger Woods

The only time they’ve finished 1-2 in a major, this was vintage Woods relentlessly holding on despite not having his best stuff. Woods began the final round five shots ahead of Mickelson, bogeyed each of his first two holes, and two of his last three, but shot 72 and held on to win by three.

 

2005 Ford Championship at DoralDoral Resort and Lodge, Miami, FL:

Winner: Tiger Woods

The only time in their careers that Woods and Mickelson have been in the final pairing in a final round and finished 1-2. Woods closed with a 66 to overtake Mickelson, who shot 69. It was arguably their greatest head-to-head battle.

 

2007 Deutsche Bank ChampionshipTPC Boston, Norton, MA:

Winner: Phil Mickelson

Paired in the penultimate group on the final day, Mickelson was two off the lead, Woods three, and all eyes were on them. Mickelson fired a 66 to win the tournament, Woods setting for a 67 to tie for second.

 

2009 TOUR ChampionshipEast Lake GC, Atlanta:

Winner: Phil Mickelson

Utterly brilliant finish by Mickelson, who shoots bogey-free 65 and storms from behind to win by three over Woods. Mickelson gets $1.35m for winning TOUR Championship, Woods earns $10m for season-long FedExCup Championship.

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