‘We’re grateful he’s nonetheless with us’

‘We’re grateful he’s nonetheless with us’

TUCSON, Ariz. — Like the remainder of the golf world, Phil Mickelson says he’s grateful that Tiger Woods remains to be alive.

Mickelson completed his pro-am spherical on Thursday on the Omni Tucson Nationwide Golf Course forward of the PGA Tour Champions Cologuard Basic after which met the media, with the primary query being about Woods, who was injured in a single-car accident on Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

“All the fellows right here perceive and admire what he has meant to the sport of golf and for us and the PGA Tour,” he mentioned. “All of us are very appreciative and supportive of what he’s achieved for us, however proper now that’s so removed from our minds.

“And I assumed Rory McIlroy actually mentioned it effectively when he mentioned that we’re simply fortunate and appreciative that his youngsters didn’t lose their father. All of us are hoping and praying for a full and speedy restoration, however we’re additionally grateful, as a result of that seemed terrible, and we’re grateful he’s nonetheless with us.”

Mickelson, who’s looking for to grow to be the primary participant to win his first three begins on PGA Tour Champions this week, was later requested about how his relationship with Woods modified through the years.

“We we have been opponents. … You realize, competing in opposition to one another for fairly a while,” Mickelson mentioned. “Then we began working collectively to attempt to get the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup staff occasions, to get our gamers to play our greatest, after which we turned companions in growing a few matches. It’s been enjoyable to have the ability to work with him. Once more, I understand, similar to all the fellows right here do, how a lot he’s meant to the sport of golf and the expansion and getting us off the again web page and onto the entrance web page. We’ve all benefited from him.

“It has actually advanced from competing in opposition to one another to working with one another.”

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