Whatever his motivation, it's not bad advice. It will be the first time Mickelson and Woods have been paired together since the 2014 PGA Championship, where Woods missed the cut and Mickelson finished second to Rory McIlroy by one stroke. Although well short of, say, Conor McGregor's pre-fight shenanigans, Lefty offered some light-hearted banter when asked about the heavyweight bout. "... It gets me thinking, why don't we just bypass all the ancillary stuff of a tournament and just go head-to-head and just have kind of a high-stakes, winner-take-all match?"
If social media is any indication, Mickelson may have a point. The more he plays, the sharper he'll get. He'd also said in so many words that Woods wouldn't dominate the way he had as an amateur.
For the better part of 20 years, Woods and Mickelson were the face of golf.
They have played as a twosome in the final group just twice in their careers, and Woods won both times - in 2005 at Doral to return to No. 1 in the world, and in 2001 at the Masters when he completed his sweep of the majors. 'Big picture, though, who's had the most wins?' countered Tiger.
"It was 12 years between wins here, and so as you all know, just looking at my record, I didn't play this place well ..."
"Tiger and Phil are definitely guys I looked up to as a kid, and I know guys of my generation and younger, if they didn't watch them or look up to them in some way, then they may not be out here playing professional golf", Fowler said about the star-studded threesome.
Mickelson has always been a marvellous talker but never about his great rival.
Mickelson won earlier this year at the WGC event in Mexico, halting a five-year-drought after his 2013 British Open.
But it wasn't always that easy for Mickelson. Trailing the leader by six shots and Woods by two going into the final round, the leftie shot a brilliant 64 to crush the man playing alongside him, whose 75 left him well back. But when they did it was normally a one-sided affair.
"I didn't putt well again", Wood told CBS television.
According to Woods, one of the reasons they were not typically in the same group in tournaments is that they were often No. 1 and No. 2, or close to that, in the world golf rankings.
"I don't think anybody today who wasn't there that witnessed it, and I don't think anybody before, will ever see that level of play again", Mickelson said of Woods' dominance.