Tiger Woods' former coach fears he will NEVER win another major

Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson will tee it up together at TPC Sawgrass

Woods won five of the tournaments in which they were grouped at some point, including the 2006 PGA Championship and the 2008 U.S. Open.

"We don't get to do it very often", Woods said.

"Now, I don't know if he wants a piece of me", he said, pausing for laughter, "but I just think it would be something that would be really fun for us to do, and I think there would be a lot of interest in it if we just went straight to the final round".

"I'll probably be on the couch in my hotel room watching that one in the afternoon", admitted Justin Thomas, who will be finished with his round on Thursday by the time Mickelson and Woods tee off at 1:52 p.m. ET. It's as if putting isn't really a skill, even though every player desperately hopes for mastery.

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If he can get everything else in order, he'll surely be a factor at next week's Players Championship, where he won in 2016. Lefty has clipped Woods in five of those seven final-round pairings, including the last four dating back to 2007.

"I feel like I'm hitting the ball well enough and just trending in the right direction for next week", said Woods, who has won 79 career PGA Tour events and 105 professional tournaments overall. "I'm doing better as time has gone on", Mickelson said. Following that campaign, Woods suffered a number of major injuries and underwent multiple back surgeries, keeping him from competing in all but a relative handful of events and prompting widespread speculation that he might never again contend for a tournament title. Woods told of Mickelson sending nothing but encouraging texts when Woods was struggling with his chipping in early 2015 as his back was still ailing.

The Australian held off the challenge of Americans Aaron Wise and Nick Watney as he fired a two-under final round of 69 to finish on 12-under for a two-stroke victory.

"I'm close", said Woods. You've got to plot your way around, and pars aren't so bad around there most of the time. The more he plays, the sharper he'll get. That's how it always is now with Woods, who appears to care more and more about answering questions earnestly, knowing the gravity his words carry across the sporting world. "He's 47, I believe, and I'm 42, and we have had a great 20 year battle, hopefully we'll have a few more, but we understand where we are in the game now versus where we were in our early 20s, battling for who is going to be No. 1, and that was then and certainly this is now". "And it goes to show you that they weren't there to witness it".

Their most famous pairing was when they were partners in the 2004 Ryder Cup, and that didn't end all that well. All three in their pairing are former Players winners. It will be the first time since 2001 that Mickelson and Woods have been paired together at the Players, which begins Thursday at TPC Sawgrass. "I think he's still enamoured with distance with the driver, if he were to back off the speed and not try to hit it so far, just try and put it in play, he would have a better chance of winning".

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