Two legendary golfers, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are set to play together at an official PGA Tour event. The pair has already filed the application for the upcoming U. S. Open, according to a Twitter post by TWLEGION. Golfers usually have to wait until their application has been accepted by the authority to know whether they would play or not.
However, since Woods had won the 2019 Masters and Mickelson won the 2021 PGA Championship, they are already qualified to take part in the tournament. The 2022 U. S. Open will be the first time Mickelson will play in a tournament since his controversial comments against the Tour and temporary withdrawal from public life.
According to the U.S. Open official website, many golfers, including the defending champion Jon Rahm, are exempted from the qualifying round. The players who have won the championships added on the website, like U. S. Senior Open, U.
S. Amateur, Masters, and PGA Championship, are eligible for it. Apart from Woods, Scottie Scheffler and Dustin Johnson are some of the Masters Champions who are exempted from qualifying rounds. Meanwhile, Collin Morikawa, Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Jordan Spieth have also already qualified for the championship.
Since he turned pro in 1992, Mickelson has won six majors but not yet the U.S. Open. The golfer missed the chance of winning the event for the first time in 1999 against Payne Stewart. Mickelson lost again against Geoff Ogilvy in 2006.
He lost the major with a two-shot behind in 2004, 2009, and 2013. And notably, Mickelson also lost to Woods in 2003 against his 3-shot lead. Tiger has won the U.S. Open title thrice. Woods won his first U.S. Open title in 2000.
He won another 8 titles, including two other majors and a World Golf Championship, in the same year. Tiger’s last U.S. Open was in 2008 with a playoff against Rocco Mediate.