Opinion: When Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson have rematch, golf will be the winner

Craig Dolch, Special to TCPalm
Published 1:35 p.m. ET May 19, 2020

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For golf fans, the world will inch toward normalcy Sunday when they finally see Tiger Woods hit a golf ball.

It will have been 98 days since we’ve seen his swing.

Not that it matters how well Woods plays in The Match: Champions for Charity at Medalist Golf Club in Hobe Sound. This event, which features Woods and Peyton Manning taking on Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady in a best-ball match, will raise more than $10 million for COVID-19 relief efforts.

But with Woods, it always matters what he does. Or, in this case, what he hasn’t done the past three months: play competitive golf.

Woods hasn’t written a number on his scorecard since Feb. 16, when he shot 77 to finish last among the players to make the cut in the Genesis Invitational he hosts at Riviera.

Woods skipped the first three tournaments of the four-event Florida Swing, including his hometown Honda Classic, because of back issues that have necessitated four…

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