Mickelson "inspired" by Woods
Phil Mickelson is hoping that playing his first two rounds at the US Open with Tiger Woods will inspire him to glory.
The Californian, who will turn 42 during Saturday's third round, has been paired with the 14-time major winner and current Masters champion Bubba Watson on Thursday and Friday. The Ryder Cup duo have never been close friends and it has been obvious over the years that they do not see eye-to-eye on various issues. But there is plenty of mutual respect towards each other as golfers, with Mickelson having won three Masters titles and four majors overall. However he has never claimed the US Open, with five second-place finishes. Woods has won three US Open titles and is favourite to make it four this year after his stunning return to form at the recent Memorial Tournament. And Mickelson admits that playing with his old adversary definitely causes him to raise his level a notch or two and is relishing the chance to lock horns with the 36-year-old over the next few days. "I just feel very inspired when I play with him," he said. "He brings out some of my best golf. I hope that he continues to play better and better and I hope that he and I have a chance to play together more in the final rounds."