Phil Mickelson Expects Most Exciting Masters in Years

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Phil Mickelson agrees with anyone who believes this is the most anticipated Masters in years or decades, maybe even ever.

And not just because of Tiger Woods’ return.

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Mickelson, who played a rare practice round with Woods on Tuesday, says “there’s a lot of players, a lot of the top quality players, young and old, are playing some of their best golf. I think that’s going to lead to one of the most exciting Masters in years.”

Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Woods and Mickelson are among the favorites. Johnson, Thomas, McIlroy, Rahm, Rose, Watson, Day and Mickelson already have won this season.

And Woods looks capable of joining them.

Even Lefty is cheering for his longtime rival.

Mickelson says “nobody respects and appreciates” what Woods has done for the game more than he does “because nobody’s benefited from what he’s done for the game of golf more than I have.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.