Tiger Woods happy to not have 'favourite' tag during tournaments

The first Players Championship pairing reveal is juicy

Phil Mickelson said that Tiger Woods in his prime was the best golfer in the history of the sport and those heights are unlike to be reached again at a media event on Tuesday ahead of Players Championship.

They have played together only once at the Players Championship - in the third round in 2001 - when Woods was at the peak of the powers that brought him 14 Major championships in barely a decade.

"As I look at the cover of the newspaper and the pairing is on there and the excitement that's been going on around here, it gets me thinking: Why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stake, winner-take-all match", he said. "I played the back nine today and it's absolutely flawless", he said.

Kim topped veterans Ian Poulter and Louis Oosthuizen by three strokes a year ago for the second of his two career wins on the PGA Tour, as he also won the Wyndham Championship in 2016.

"Phil and I have great banter", Woods said.

"Three-time champion golfer Tiger Woods plans to tee it up at Carnoustie for The 147th Open after confirming his entry into golf's original Championship", read the statement from the organisers.

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"We give each other the needle. It's always been a blast - he's one hell of a competitor and it is always going to be a challenge to beat him".

Woods is due to start his Players Championship campaign tomorrow, which is an event that he won back in 2013.

Last year at TPC Sawgrass, betting favorite Dustin Johnson ended up tying for 12th with Smylie Kaufman, Chris Kirk and Bernd Wiesberger, with then-21-year-old Si Woo Kim stunning the field at The Players Championship to become the youngest player to win the tournament. He went on to tie for 13th at the U.S. Open for his best-ever finish in a major and recently lost the RBC Heritage last month in a playoff.

"It was the most remarkable golf in the history of the game and I think unrepeatable", said the five-time Major victor.

"When I was trying to deal with my back and try to come back and wasn't very good, he always texted me some really encouraging words". "We'll play for whatever makes him uncomfortable".

"There was a stretch there that it was hard to imagine that it was actually happening, that he was hitting some of the shots that he was hitting".

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