Phil Mickelson might be trolling Tiger Woods by using an old putter from 2012
Expect to hear a lot of smack talk from Phil Mickelson for the entirety of the second iteration of The Match against Tiger Woods on Sunday. Phil started the chatter from the driving range, as he told Turner Sports' Amanda Balionis about the putter he put in play, and why it was a dig at Tiger.
Phil took down Tiger while they were paired together in the final group of the 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach pro-am. It was a big tournament for Phil, as he took home PGA Tour victory No. 40, and probably more importantly to him, he defeated his nemesis, Tiger.
And so Phil put the same putter he used that day in the bag on Sunday at Medalist for their match, along with NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Thanks to our equipment guru E. Michael Johnson, we have the details on the putter Phil's using. It's an Odyssey White Hot XG PT82 blade, a similar model to the classic 8802 blade Mickelson used for years. Legendary clubmaker Roger Cleveland made it for Phil. The putter has 3 degrees loft and a White Hot XG insert. Noteworthy is that 3 degrees is standard for most putters, but it's low loft for Lefty. "He normally has a strong forward press that requires more loft, sometimes as much as 7 degrees," Johnson notes.
Leave it to Phil to never pass up an opportunity to get a dig in at Tiger. Phil shot a final-round 64 that day to Tiger's 75. We'll see how the "Tiger Slayer" treats Phil at Medalist.