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Phil Mickelson: ‘Tiger’s going to have the last laugh’

Tiger Woods (left) and Phil Mickelson
Tiger Woods (left) and Phil Mickelson The Associated Press

Tiger Woods has had a rough time lately, and we’re not talking just about that tooth that was knocked out.

At last week’s Phoenix Open, Woods shot a career-worst 82 on the second day and missed the cut.

After the round, Woods thanked fans on Twitter:

Woods, 39, can count on Phil Mickelson’s support as well. Mickelson thinks Woods is going to be fine, because he is still returning from back surgery.

“I think that Tiger’s going to have the last laugh,” Mickelson told Wednesday at the pro-am ahead of the Farmer’s Open in San Diego. “I think that his short game, historically, is one of the best of all time. I think his golf game is probably the best of all time.”

Woods played in just seven PGA events a year ago.

“I think the short game, when you haven’t played, it’s the first thing to feel uncomfortable and the quickest thing to get back,” Mickelson told reporters. “I don’t think he’s going to have any problems, I really don’t.”

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