The favored left-hander, who joined Woods and different members of the potential US Ryder Cup staff at captain Jim Furyk's Ponte Vedra Seashore dwelling earlier this week, holds a report six runner-up spots within the 12 months's second main.
The actual golf? Not so great.
But he needed a strong recovery to hit bogey on the 18th and save his first round from being over par. Mickelson managed four birdies on his back nine Friday, but closed with three straight bogeys for a 73 that left him well off the cutline. "There were times where we kind of got that going. It didn't work out that way".
Garcia has missed the cut in his last two tournaments, but prior to that, he was on a roll. On Thursday, Woods gained strokes everywhere except off the tee.
"I don't know what to say". "I hit a nice drive down there, hit a 6-iron just over the back and made a putt there and it was a nice turnaround".
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But it was one of those must win game them and they have to win all of their remaining games as well to qualify for the playoffs. And by the time Watson fell in the 12th to Jofra Archer, the partnership had already extended to 86 off 56 deliveries.
It was Lefty, in fact, who added to the pre-tournament hype when he jokingly suggested he and Tiger would be better off bypassing the formality of 54 holes and going directly to a head-to-head match, and Woods played along.
The superstar featured group of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler disappointed at the onset of the event with none breaking par in Round 1. He played his first major since 2015 when he... Data Golf predicts that there's a 50-50 chance of the cut line staying at 1 under or moving to 2 under.
Dustin Johnson, his world number one ranking under siege, took advantage of flawless morning playing conditions to charge into a share of the first-round lead at the Players Championship on Thursday. "I was anxious about energy this week".
"I had a lot of fun, enjoying being with the guys". I just had a poor finish, 7 over the last five.
Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jon Rahm have already confirmed that they will participate in the event which is now a big draw given that it is a $7 million Rolex Series event.
Woods, meanwhile, is still searching for his first win after making his comeback, but has put in some impressive performances along the way.