By Alex Myers
Editor’s note: This post first appeared in 2016. Sadly, neither Tiger Woods nor Phil Mickelson will play in the 2017 Tour Championship, but we’ll always have this moment at East Lake between the two legends.
There have been plenty of great moments in the history of the Tour Championship, which begins on Thursday. Bill Haas’ incredible watery par save in 2011. Hal Sutton’s brilliant tee shot on the long par-3 18th at East Lake in a playoff against Vijay Singh in 1998. And Phil Mickelson edging Tiger Woods in 2000 just to name a few. But there’s an underrated one that also involved Phil and Tiger that you almost certainly don’t remember. And it happened before either of them hit a single shot one year.
In 2002, the two superstars were paired together in the event and on the first tee at East Lake on Thursday, the starter began rattling off all of Woods’ accomplishments that season. After listing Woods’ fifth and most recent win of the year at the American Express Championship, Mickelson, pretending(?) to be annoyed, interrupted by saying “alright, alright” and everyone — including Tiger Woods — burst into laughter. Watch this clip of it and try not to do the same:
By 2002, even Phil was sick of hearing about all Tiger's wins. pic.twitter.com/K3lw5LZlOi
— Skratch (@Skratch) September 16, 2016
The two all-time greats will team up later this month at the Ryder Cup with Woods as a non-playing (We think) vice captain and Mickelson as a player. If they can find a way to keep the rest of Team USA this loose at Hazeltine, the Americans should be in good shape.