The Golf Blog: Why Corey Pavin should pair Tiger Woods + Phil Mickelson at Ryder Cup

mulligan, 22 September 2010, Comments Off on The Golf Blog: Why Corey Pavin should pair Tiger Woods + Phil Mickelson at Ryder Cup
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The Golf Blog says: Now that the teams for the Ryder Cup 2010 are set, we are ready to start the campaign to have Corey Pavin put Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson in 1 pairing on Saturday of the Ryder Cup. You heard us right! We want Phil and Tiger on Saturday in the morning Four Ball.

Before you nix the idea, hear us out. The idea isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Yes, of course, we know what happened at the Ryder Cup in 2004. Tiger and Phil lost on Friday in Four Ball (Colin Montgomerie and Paddy Harrington won 2-1) and Foursomes (1 down to Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke). Hal Sutton received a lot of criticism for putting Phil and Tiger together — supposedly they “don’t play well” together.

But that was 2004. This is 2010. Tiger has changed. Phil has changed. Both have matured. And if you look back at the matches and the competition Tiger and Phil went up against (Monty, Paddy, Westy, and Clarke), Tiger and Phil did much better than people may remember. Now it’s time for the world to see what they really can do together. Here are the reasons why Captain Pavin should pair Tiger and Phil on Saturday together for just 1 match–the morning Four Ball competition–which suits the two players’ different games better than alternate match.

1. History: The debacle in 2004 is all the more reason that you should put the two together again. Both Tiger and Phil like challenges, and they like proving the naysayers wrong. What better way to put an exclamation on their storied careers than proving to everyone that they can play together–and demolish the competition.

2. Drama: As Phil Mickelson tries to unseat Tiger at World No. 1, it would be very cool to see the World No. 1 and No. 2 together as a team.

3. TV ratings: Tiger-Phil. Need we say more? This would be the most watched Ryder Cup pairing ever.


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