Fresh off his third PGA Tour victory of the year, Tiger Woods came into the 2012 Greenbrier Classic with some fire.
Phil Mickelson, coming off a disappointing 65th-place finish at the U.S. Open, was looking to get his game back on track.
Both failed to make the cut on Friday.
Woods, who captured the AT&T National just a week ago, finished with an even-par 140, one stroke away from the cut. The 14-time major champion has been brilliant one moment and puzzling the next this season. He has four top-10 finishes in 2012, but has missed the cut three times and placed 21st at the U.S. Open and 40th at the Masters and the Players Championship.
Mickelson has been off-and-on this year, as well. After finishing with a two-over-par 142 at the Greenbrier Classic on Friday, he's also missed the cut three times this year. On the other hand, he's had five top-10 finishes and won at Pebble Beach in February.
The fact of the matter is—as I've been saying for a while now—Woods is indeed a better player in 2012 than he's been the past few years on Tour, but he's not the same consistent threat he was in his prime. He has a shot at another major championship, but there's really no telling when that will be. Both flops at the Masters and U.S. Open came after victories on Tour. He's one of many contenders on Tour now.
Mickelson, of course, is 42 years old now. He's shown the past few years that he's still one of the most talented golfers on the planet (with eight top-10 finishes at majors since 2007, including his 2010 green jacket), but you have to wonder if the game will start to catch up to him.
Both golfers can still do some damage, but to ask them to be consistently spectacular at this point in their careers is simply asking too much.
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