Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson: How they match-up

All the stats you need to know

News of a made-for-TV Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson $10 million winner-take-all prime-time match has raised more questions than answers. Is there a viable audience for a matchup of well-past-their-prime legends? Would such a match prove anything? 


And, most of all, is Tiger vs. Phil even a true rivalry? 


After all, Woods crushes Lefty in every significant statistical category: 

  • PGA Tour wins (79 to 43)
  • Majors (14 to 5)
  • Money earned ($112 million to $88 million, give or take)
  • Player of the Year awards (10 to 0)


Phil outstrips Tiger in such ignominious categories as:

  • U.S. Open runner-ups (6 to 2)
  • U.S. Open on-course meltdowns (1 to 0)
  • Insider trading accusations (also 1 to 0)


Woods has never finished second to Mickelson in a major, and Phil has finished second to Tiger at a major only once, the 2002 U.S. Open, a three-shot win for Tiger and the closest they’ve ever come to a high-stakes head-to-head showdown. 


Plus, unlike in years gone by, there’s no clear animosity between the two these days. You might even say there’s a blossoming bromance, making any mano-a-mano match more of a friendly Nassau than a cutthroat death struggle. 


But when you’re talking about the last three decades of golf, this twosome stands apart in terms of accomplishments, impact and notoriety. It’s really not even close. (Give Rory and Jordan a few more majors, and then we’ll talk.) So if and when they put this thing together, we’ll be watching. Have them put up their own cash for this one-time-only money grab, and suddenly it becomes must-see TV.


For your reference, here is a head-to-head comparison of golf’s still-reigning glitterati:


Phil Mickelson statsThe Mickelson File

• Age: 48
• Winner of five major championships (3 Masters, 1 British Open, 1 PGA Championship)
• One of only 8 players with as many as three Masters wins
• One of only 15 men to hold at least three legs of the career Grand Slam
• Runner-up at the U.S. Open a record six times
• 23 top-3 finishes, 38 top-10 finishes at major championships
• Winner of 43 PGA Tour events, 9th all time
• Inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2012
• Remains last amateur to win on the PGA Tour (1991 Northern Telecom Open)

Tiger WoodsThe Woods File

• Age: 42
• 79 PGA Tour wins, second all-time to Sam Snead
• Winner of 14 major championships (4 Masters, 3 U.S. Opens, 3 British Opens, 4 PGA Championships), second all-time to Jack Nicklaus
• One of only five men (with Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Gene Sarazen) to hold the career Grand Slam
• One of only two (with Nicklaus) to win each major at least three times
• 24 top-3 finishes, 38 top-10 finishes at major championships
• Only player ever to win four consecutive majors
• Scoring average of 67.79 in 2000 the lowest single-season average in Tour history
• PGA Tour Player of the Year a record 10 times

Career Earnings from Endorsements (as of 2017)

Tiger: $1.7 billion
Phil: $815 million


2017 Earnings from Endorsements
Tiger: $37.1 million
Phil: $43.5 million


Twitter Followers
Tiger: 6.24 million
Phil: No official Twitter account

Event Date: 
Monday, July 16, 2018 - 15:44

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