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Phil Mickelson is lobbying to play with Tiger Woods at the Safeway Open

September 08, 2016

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Take note, Safeway Open organizers. You have a chance to reunite two of the game's icons. And one of those players is lobbying for such a pairing.

Speaking on Wednesday with ESPN after his BMW Championship practice round, Phil Mickelson -- the headliner of the season-opening Safeway event until a certain somebody expressed hopes to play -- said he was excited for Tiger to return to golf.

"I think it's great; I don't know the state of his health. I haven't seen him,'' Mickelson told Bob Harig. "I'm looking forward to spending time with him at the Ryder Cup. I think that'll be great motivation for him. Plus, he'll have a week off."

Woods will be one of the American assistant captains at Hazeltine. Mickelson will be making his 11th Ryder Cup appearance.

"I'm hoping we can get paired together," Mickelson remarked. "That would be really fun. I would love it. It's great to have him back, and hopefully he's physically able to practice the way he needs."

Woods' return is already appointment television. A pairing with Mickelson would complete the stroll down memory lane.