Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson swap roles one year after Lefty's shock win

It's impossible to imagine Tiger Woods playing the PGA Championship in 2022 without considering Phil Mickelson's absence.

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That Tiger would be getting early prep work at Southern Hills while Lefty continued a months-long sabbatical for non-health reasons seems absurd now, 51 weeks after Mickelson won the 2021 event.

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Both are intertwined and contrasting. There are literally books on the subject, and you can list their polar opposites almost reflexively. They reconcile oil and water.

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Tiger, right-handed, is a loner. Left-handed Mickelson is almost unintelligible without people around him

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Tiger is a conservative golfer. Mickelson...isn't. Tiger overworked his body, and it broke. Mickelson is rarely injured. Nobody would believe such disparate rivals today.

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Only success has united them: winning, making money, and doing it for a long time. They have both endured excellence as their peers have aged beyond the PGA Tour.

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Both Woods and Mickelson have more recent major championship wins than Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, and Justin Thomas. 

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