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Former Ping Pong Pals Tiger Woods And Phil Mickelson Paired This Week At Doral

As the number five and number 6-ranked players in the world respectively, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will be paired together – along with third wheel Graeme McDowell –  for the first two rounds of the World Golf Championship-Cadillac Championship at Doral this week. Surprisingly, this will be the 26th time the heated rivals – and one-time ping pong pals – have been paired up and while Tiger’s precipitous drop in performance over the past year puts a bit of a damper on the magic of the moment, the sight of the two formidable foes is sure to reignite memories of past battles between the two, in particular given the locale of the tournament: Doral’s TPC Blue Monster.

Via The Miami Herald:

“I think it gives it more electricity on Thursday and Friday. Maybe that helps bridge us to the weekend,” tournament director Eddie Carbone said. “We have all the world’s best players here. We’ve got everybody. It’s a perfect game. This happened in [2007] and ’09. This is the third time it’s happened since it became a World Golf Championships event. With that, the possibilities are incredible. And it starts off with a pairing that hearkens back to a very memorable event for South Florida sports fans.”

Carbone is referring to the 2005 Ford Championship where Tiger and Phil battled fiercely until the bitter end, with Woods narrowly edging Mickelson by one stroke when all was said and done.

But no matter how things play out over the coming days, the two will always have the memories. And Ping Pong. Which is nice.

Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson in same group at Doral [The Miami Herald]