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On the eve of the 2010 Quail hollow Championship the golf world is abuzz about Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson playing in their first tournament following the Masters. Phil Mickelson picked up his 3rd green jacket and his 4th major two weeks ago in Augusta and Tiger Woods made his much anticipated return to professional golf with a good showing finishing in a tie for 4th place.
But the real story about this week about the Tiger Woods vs Phil Mickelson rivalry. Fans have been waiting a long time for someone to step up and challenge Tiger. The golf world wants a modern day Arnold vs Jack rivalry. A few have tried but no one has had the success the Mickelson has had against Woods. Phil is a tenacious competitor who has gained more and more confidence with every win. He is now poised to challenge Tiger for the title of #1 player in the world.
Don't get me wrong. By no means am I saying that Tiger is done. In fact I think that a good rival can only make Tiger that much better. We all know that Tiger hates to lose and when he has someone pushing him he usually rises to the occasion. I am looking forward to this week at Quail Hollow to see if the Tiger of old returns or if Phil takes another step towards becoming the #1 player in the world.
Edward S. Wanambwa
Senior Editor, African American Golfers Digest