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Why Phil Mickelson expects Tiger Woods to "one-up" him this week

CHASKA, MINNESOTA - The United States Vice Captain, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson of the United States talk on the first tee during the fourball matches for the 41st Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Course.
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Phil Mickelson's win at last week's WGC-Mexico Championship meant the end to what many golf fans found to be a statistical oddity. No longer has it been a longer time since Lefty won a PGA Tour event than Tiger Woods. Not that Mickelson expects things to stay that way.

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With a much deserved off-week after his latest victory, Mickelson went on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday. And when the five-time major champ was asked about the 14-time major champ intent on ending a winless drought of his own, Phil said this:

Not surprisingly, Phil was very complimentary of his longtime rival. As he has before, Mickelson maintained that both his career record and longevity have been positively affected by Woods' presence. He also added the two legends "have gotten pretty close over the the last couple years with the team events and the great leadership he's had as a vice captain . . . and we've been pulling hard for each other." Aww. We're happy to hear that. But this line stood out:

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"He's always one-upped me in my career, and I wouldn't be surprised if he came out this week and won," Mickelson said. "Just to one-up me again."

Woods is at the Valspar Championship this week, making his fourth start of 2018, but his first appearance in the tournament. And if he does wind up one-upping Phil, next month's Masters might be the most-anticipated major in history.

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