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Even fans of either (or both) of these men must realize that we are witnessing their demise as consistent winners on tour.
Tiger has had a few years worth of mental and physical issues now. The fact that he was only able to complete nine holes at Sawgrass on his surgically rebuilt knee raises more questions than it even begins to answer.
On top of this is his current swing rebuild, which clearly has a long way to go.
Mickelson is just falling victim to the one opponent none of us win against: Father Time. Putting aside the fact that both men in Sunday's playoff are in their 40s, it is a young man's tour.
Phil is 40. He will be lucky to win a tournament or two per year for the next few years, but his days of winning the big events are probably over.
Do we expect more from Tiger and Phil? Of course we do, but why? Because they have set us up to expect excellence from them week in and week out, year in and year out.
Woods turned pro in 1996 and is third on the list in PGA Tour wins with 71. He is second on the list of professional majors won with 14.
Mickelson turned pro in 1992 after being the last man to win a tournament on tour as an amateur. He is currently tied for 10th in victories on tour (39) and has more majors than a couple guys you may have heard of named Els, Couples, and Love III.
Both have shown glimmers of the players they used to be—Woods at the Masters, Mickelson in Houston, but the best days of these two hall of fame players are behind us.